- Fri May 27, 2011 3:10 pm
First and foremost, you want all your pics in one master folder. This folder can have 10000 folders inside it if needed. LR by default puts your pic in My Pictures or Pictures depending on OS. Go there and make a folder titled "My LR Pics" or "My Shitty Pics" or whatever. In the "My Shitty Pics" folders, you can do anything you want. The reason for this is sooner or later you will want to move that stuff to another drive or new computer. By using the one master folder system, you can transfer on folder instead of hundreds of individual folders.
Unless you are dealing with 10's of thousands of pics, I would stay with one catalogue. Catalogue as large as that can sometimes slow the system down though that may not be as big a problem in LR 3.
Inside this folder, I have a folder for each year. Inside each year, I have folders for each trip or shoot or subject or other photographers name if I am printing for someone else. You can do it by date. Whatever makes it easy for you to find it. Also, get in the habit of keywording you photos. You can search for photos by keywords like "big ass steelhead", "titty bar" whatever.
You can use the publish feature to go to Smug Mug or Flickr or others. I don't have those things, so I don't use them. For Drake reports, I set an export preset with the correct size, sRGB color space, resolution, sharpening set for screen and export pics to a folder named Drake. You can contain this in your catalogue or not. I don't because I already have the originals in there and I don't want a shrunken version in there as well.
Scott Kelby's book is a good get started book. Martin Evening's book is a more in depth. A few days with Kelby's book and you will be operating. A few weeks or months with Evening's book and you are getting master level. Luminous Landscape forum has a downloadable tutorial that is supposed to be the shit. I haven't done it yet, but I am going to.
Others may have other better suggestions, but this works for me.