Howdy, LR Noob here:
I’ve traditionally used Bridge to sort through my photos to be edited, and PS to edit. All file management I did manually in Windows explorer. I’m having some trouble transitioning to doing all my management through LR, but I’ll adjust. I’m curious on what people do to manage their portfolio(s).
Traditionally I would keep my raw files from a shoot in a folder and as I sort through and edit I would save my good pics to jpg in the parent folder. If I wanted to show a friend my photo from, say, a trip to Morocco, I would just open explorer and go Photos>Travel>Morocco and my pics are right there; my RAW files in a folder within. I can view my pics in a simple photo viewer, I can cut n paste to thumb drive, all very straightforward. I’m sure this seems archaic to LR vets, but it worked for me.
How do you make these sets within LR? I’ve found the Slideshows module, but I hate slideshows with the cheesy transitions, music and forcing me to follow a pattern. I just want to flip through my pics. I’ve thought about designating a flag for my finals and I can do a sort by flag, but I figure there must be an easier way.
LEt's take a step back and talk about how LR is different than other photographic programs.
Iin LR, there is no need to store RAWs in one place and JPGs in another place; in fact because of the non-destructive editing, there is no need to store finals as JPG at all. Thus there is no need to have separate folders for RAW and JPG, except in the case where you are using the photos for non-Lightroom purposes.
So, you want your slideshow of Morocco? You open LR, you select your Morocco photos (by keyword, or by folder, or by whatever method you choose), you go to Loupe View (that's letter E in the Library Module), and then you "just flip through your pics" by hitting the left or right arrows (at least that's what I think you mean by "flip"). No JPGs involved!
You don't need to use the slideshow module to "flip through your pics". And if you do use the Slideshow Module, there's no need for “cheesy transitions”, no need for music.
So here's a final thought. Get used to using LR for most if not all of your photographic management and displays. Yes, there are things that LR can't do, and you'll need to export photos for those purposes, but based on what you describe, you can do this easily in LR.
Thanks DJ. Yes, I understand the non-destructiveness of LR and that I don't need to create JPGs anymore unless exporting for someone else. And I know that I can go to my folder and flip through, but then I have all my photos in the folder to deal with. So at bare minimum I would have to sort by some method first, and assure that I have my top pics flagged in some sort of way, correct? I also find that LR is slow to display since it's dealing with the RAW photos and applying the metadata (as I understand it). I get the preview quickly, but then I have to wait for the final processing. I can flip through JPGs till the cows come home in the standard Windows pic viewer.
Yes, I understand. If you want a particular order, you would have to create it in LR before you export. You could use LR to export JPGs for your slideshow.
If you want the same features as you had previously with Bridge, then Lightroom probably isn't for you. Most people start using Lightroom, thinking its going to provide the exact same benefits that they had before with other software, and find out that's not the case.
If you want to make use of the advantages of Lightroom, you are most likely going to have to give up some of the things that you used to do, because Lightroom doesn't do things the same as most other programs.
It's your choice. Pros and Cons. Personal taste.
Thanks DJ. Yes, I understand the non-destructiveness of LR and that I don't need to create JPGs anymore unless exporting for someone else. And I know that I can go to my folder and flip through, but then I have all my photos in the folder to deal with. So at bare minimum I would have to sort by some method first, and assure that I have my top pics flagged in some sort of way, correct?
You can flag your images using 1-5 star "Ratings" and 5 color "Labels" in LR, you can sort using these flags (and other metadata), and you can create "Collections" for specific purposes such as slideshows. LR's tools are non-destructive, but otherwise very similar to using PS with Bridge. LR is not lacking in comparative features. More information here:
WARNING: Once you have images imported into your LR database catalog you must do all file and folder management inside LR as well. This is a major difference from using Bridge and Windows Explorer that trips up most new LR users. If you move image files and folders using Bridge or Windows Explorer they will appear inside LR with a '?' on the thumbnails, since the LR catalog has no idea where the image files are now located. You can "reconnect" LR to the new file/folder location(s) to restore the images, but if badly fragmented you may have to remove the '?' images, do a reimport, and then re-edit the relocated files. You want to avoid this if at all possible.
I also find that LR is slow to display since it's dealing with the RAW photos and applying the metadata (as I understand it). I get the preview quickly, but then I have to wait for the final processing. I can flip through JPGs till the cows come home in the standard Windows pic viewer.
Once LR has built 'Standard Previews' for the images you should be able to "flip" through them with no delay. More here: