I'm trying out LR to see how the workflow goes.
I'm working on one project - I need to select the final images to use in the project from like a year worth of pictures.
This is my main interest in using LR for now.
I have all my files on an external drive.
+ First step is to then import by adding them to a catalogue on my internal drive.
+ I select 'build smart previews' so I can work offline
And take it from there, the selection process and keywording, etc.
Does that sound right?
~ If I have other projects, would I create a separate catalogue in my computer for each project?
~ would metadata that I add in LR only be embedded on files that I use from LR?
What I mean is,
were I to go into my external drive from the desktop and pull an image,
does that have the metadata?
I suggest to work with one catalog only.
LR does not change the imported originals - nondestructive workflow.
You can write changes to a sidecar XMP file: Metadata basics and actions in Lightroom
It's taking hours to build the smart previews
I have over 11,000 files