Peter Krogh has just followed up his Multi-Catalog Workflow with Lightroom 5 with an impressive new book, Organizing Your Photos with Lightroom 5. Both books share as their foundation Peter’s earlier works, The Dam Books 1 & 2 and the dpBestflow.org website. The choice to use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom as the featured application in these new works is based on the popularity and feature set of Lightroom 5. If you use Lightroom and want to improve the organization of your photo library, this is the book for you. There is simply nothing better out there.
Organizing Your Photos (OYP) is very clearly written and comes with 7 hours of excellent explanatory videos. Since the videos are made with screen capture recordings of Peter pulling the Lightroom levers, you can see exactly how to make Lightroom do what you want it to do. Keep in mind that since the whole point of Peter’s book is using Lightroom as an organizational tool, you won’t find very much information about the Develop module (other than noticing that Peter knows how to use it very well for his excellent photography which illustrates the book). You will however find a ton of information about the Library module with some forays into the Map, Book, Slideshow and Web modules.
The underlying concept of OYP is that making the best use of your photos requires understanding how to store them for the long term, how to tag them with information, and how to create projects that can be viewed and shared. Peter refers to this as the three layers of organization. Storing and preserving your images is of course the foundation of DAM. Tagging your image collection with metadata makes it searchable and more useful. The payoff for the first two layers of organization is that it becomes easy and enjoyable to create collections, web galleries, books, slideshows, and published works which can be viewed and shared with clients, family and friends.
ALL of us started generating digital images before we fully understood how to organize them, a fact that Peter acknowledges. In fact he mentions some recent changes in his own procedures as software and technologies have changed. Consequently, strategies for how to organize your photo library retroactively are woven throughout the book. I have found this information to be very helpful in in tidying up my image library as well as in helping me streamline my workflow. Particularly useful in my view, is Peter’s thorough explanation of how best to work with Lightroom Collections. Used in the way Peter outlines, I find Collections to be an invaluable workflow tool that I had not previously used to full advantage. Whether you are just starting out with Lightroom, or have been using it since version 1 or 2, you will benefit from this book. It is available at: