Question 1: there is no such thing as "normal", it is what it is
Question 2: There is no limit
QUestion 3: I don't really see a purpose to using LR here, if you are editing in Photoshop, you can save it as a JPG from Photoshop, and avoid the entire transfer to LR for the purpose of creating a JPG. From what you have described, you could take LR out of your workflow and accomplish the same thing.
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1. The Users folder has been displayed. You can right-click on it and choose to hide that parent folder and it will go away.
2. I don't think it has been determined how large the catalog should be before you need to worry about creating a second catalog. You aren't anywhere near the point of needing to worry about that. Some users are working with several hundred thousand images in a single catalog. It's a database and they are designed for large numbers of records.
3. If this workflow is suitable for you I suppose it's okay. Personally, I prefer to just work with the raw images. I export JPEG images when they are needed for e-mail or for other purposes. I use the JPEG for what it's used for and then I get rid of it. They can always be regenerated when needed. If you really feel and need to keep the JPEG and a raw image, there isn't a need to rename for fear of a name conflict because they are different file types. If I have done work in Photoshop and have saved a tiff image I will stack that file with the original raw file, but I really see no need to save JPEG images.
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The only reason I use lightroom are for basic edits and being able to view images quickly from folders, using keywords to find images.
As I have a Mac which has its own 'PHOTOS' program ( which is very basic), does Photoshop work with PHOTOS??
Thanks Jim, I try to avoid working on the RAW images, as I may want to change things in the future to the image.
This is where I find keeping a current worked on Jpeg in my workflow, keep the RAW for future when
I am much more confident about my photography.
Thanks for your suggestions, always welcome
I try to avoid working on the RAW images, as I may want to change things in the future to the image.
It is the RAW images you should be working on, not tiffs and jpgs!
Editing raw files is completely non-destructive, since the edits are saved as metadata. This means that you go back to the file at any time and change the edits, or even reset all settings and start over.
I suggest that you change your workflow, and start by importing your raw files to Lightroom, and do all the editing there. (editing in LR is exactly the same as editing in the Camera Raw plugin in PS) You only need to edit in Photoshop to do things that are impossible in Lightroom. And there is no need to export tiffs and jpgs, unless you need them for some purpose.
Here's a couple of articles I wrote that may be useful to you: