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Why do I need a collection in Lightroom?

In lightroom there are a number of ways to sort and organize your images to help make the editing process easier and more streamlined. When you hear the word Collections, I can bet that your mind might think, collections like a person asking for money or collections like a comic collection? A collection in lightroom is very similar to the concept of a comic collection. Now, I chose the word comic as a generic term while in lightroom a collection is a grouping of your photos.

What the heck is a lightroom collection?

 WHAT is a collection?

It’s very important to not get confused with a catalog over a collection. They both have important roles but very different roles. From a previous article (What is a Catalog) I used the comparison that a Catalog is similar to a book and a collection is like a chapter in that book. As you can see there must be a catalog for a collection to exist in.

 

Catalog 1: ( is like a book)

  • Collection 1.. (is like a chapter in that book)

  • Collection 2..

  • Collection 3..

Lightroom has 3 different kinds of collections aka 3 different ways to group your photos in your catalog.

A Regular Collection

  • A regular collection – A regular collection is a group of any photos you decide to put in it.

A Smart Collection

  • A smart collection – A smart collection is based on rules that you define. For example, you can create a smart collection of all photos that have a five-star rating and a red color label. Photos that meet the criteria you define are automatically added to the smart collection.

A Quick Collection

  • A Quick Collection – A quick collection is a temporary collection of a group of photos for to work with. Unlike the previous two collections, you can only have one quick collection.

How to Create a Collection

  1. In the Grid view, select photos and do one of the following:
    1. Choose Library > New Collection.
    2. Click the Plus icon (+) in the Collections panel and choose Create Collection.
  2. In the Create Collection dialog box, type a name in the Collection box.
  3. If you want the collection to be part of a collection set, choose it from the Set menu. Otherwise, choose None.
  4. Select the Include Selected Photos option.
  5. If you want make this collection available on your Lightroom mobile app, select the Sync with Lightroom mobile option.
  6. Click Create.
  7. The collection appears in the Collections panel with a photo-print icon . Photos that are part of a collection display a Photo Is In Collection badge in the Grid view and the Filmstrip.

I hope that helps with learning what a collection is in lightroom and if you have any more questions please leave a comment below or send me an email to Matthew @ info@freelightroomtutorials.com

Matthew

About Matthew

Matthew is the driving force behind the content here at FLT and visionary for all of our products. He is a full-time professional photographer and educator at (Eagleye Photography Inc.) and has a driving passion for quality education and helping the lightroom community. That is why you see so much content for FREE. Paying It Forward. :)

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