Another great use for Lightroom collections!

If you use many still photographs in your multimedia videos, as I do, you will find you have great flexibility and control of image organization in Adobe Lightroom. Check it out using the steps below if you haven’t already discovered all this.

— Create a new catalogue. Place your images in the Lightroom Library and import them. (Having separate catalogues for each project rather than working from your main catalogue is really most practical because of keyword issues and location – you’ll see what I mean as you work through these steps.)

— Put all the images in one main folder in the catalogue. (I don’t take time to organize the images because I can easily find what I need through the keywords and collections.)

— Next keyword by concept and type of image. (This depends on the kind of project you are doing. For our Steve Times Two video I used Keywords such as portrait, play music, Steven S., Steve R., keyboard, sing, hands, etc. I took over 500 images at my photo session with the two Steve’s and, as I constructed the piece, these keywords were invaluable in helping find the right images for each section.) (Oh, and don’t forget to use Lightroom’s ability to keyword multiple images at once to help speed things along.)


Two musicians (who produce, compose, sing, and rap) collaborate creatively. From multimedia video entitled Steve Times Two.

— Create collections for the different segments of your video. (For Steve Times Two I created Collection Sets named Part 1, 2, 3, and 4. I then created subcollections within each part based on the dialogue or music, such as  “3b – respect as musician” or “verse 1”. This gave me great flexibility in creating the video, as I could drag images in and out of collections and see how they fit together, either by just looking at them onscreen or actually running them as a slideshow.)

— Open your video software and prepare to import your assets for the project. (I use Premiere Pro, which is pretty similar to other video software such as Final Cut Pro. This excellent manual of Workflow for Final Cut Pro developed by Mediastorm has right-on suggestions for setting up your files which, since they will be referenced by your video program, must be thought through right from the beginning.) (I create a folder called Images and within it I place the Lightroom catalogue and Library for this project, plus another folder called “psd images”. I then export the images in the collections as psd’s into the psd folder.)

— Images are now all set and ready to access!

Lightroom is really a superb image management program. If you haven’t discovered it or want to get up and running with it quickly, Seth Resnick’s Digital Workflow Not Workslow is very highly recommended.