2 Replies Latest reply on Aug 6, 2015 5:42 AM by john beardsworth

    Lightroom usage in a small company with only one catalog?

    Cracklan

      Hey community,

      we are a small engineering office with 4 people and are looking for a solution to handle and manage our big amount of pictures.

      While it is not possible to save the catalog to a network drive we are asking what the idea of business usage is in this case?

      How do you manage your pictures in one database?

      Thanks for your help and best wishes from Germany

        • 1. Re: Lightroom usage in a small company with only one catalog?
          Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

          Not really. LR is a single user single computer program. It has no ability to be networked in any way. All you are doing is asking for problems trying to share a catalog. The only thing you can do is share the images by placing them all on one computer, a server of sorts, and then importing them into each computers install of LR.

          • 2. Re: Lightroom usage in a small company with only one catalog?
            john beardsworth Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            Shootistbond007 wrote:

             

            Not really. LR is a single user single computer program. It has no ability to be networked in any way. All you are doing is asking for problems trying to share a catalog. The only thing you can do is share the images by placing them all on one computer, a server of sorts, and then importing them into each computers install of LR.

            While that's right about putting catalogues on a network, you can actually do more than that, but it requires team disciplines and communication.

             

            For example, one person might be put in control of the catalogue on their machine. When someone else needs to work on a shoot, do a File > Export from Catalog to create a mini catalogue which the other person uses. Afterwards, File > Import from another Catalog brings that mini catalogue back into the main one.  If more than one person wants to work on those pictures at the same time, things become more complicated.

             

            You can also import the pictures into each computer's Lightroom. But then you can't be so sure what's the correct treatment of the image, and where the correct metadata is recorded? So in this scenario the discipline is to get people to do a Read Metadata every time before they start to do anything to a picture, do Save Metadata afterwards, and tell others not to work on those pictures until they've finished. So you're all relying on the metadata saved into the file itself.

             

            If others only need to see pictures, rate and flag them, and maybe download medium res versions (2048 pixel), another possibility is to use the new Lightroom Web feature. So you have a central catalogue as normal, but other users log on via lightroom.adobe.com.

             

            Those are just a couple of scenarios, and they are far from ideal, but team disciplines and communication are critical.