In the spirit of fresh starts and new beginnings, I decided to create a new Lightroom catalog this year. My previous catalog had over 20,000 photos dating back to December 2015. And even though there isn’t a limit on the number of photos you can have in a catalog, it was starting to get a bit sluggish. Which is one of the issues that you can have with a catalog of that size.
Creating a new Lightroom catalog is fairly simple and straightforward – it’s really just a matter of giving your catalog a name and choosing its location. I’m sharing my process in the video below if you are interested.
Like I shared in my video, this is not intended as a tutorial for how to organize your photos – I am just sharing what works for me and the number and kinds of photo I take.
Also, I would just like to reiterate here that, if you have been thinking about getting started with Lightroom, just start with 2019! It’s so easy to get bogged down in photo organization and management – I honestly think that this is one of the biggest roadblocks to getting started. So just leave that for now. Then, once you get comfortable with how Lightroom works, you can decide how (or if) you want to bring in your previous images.
WARNING! SHAMELESS SELF-PROMOTION ALERT!!
If you would like to learn more about Lightroom, I have an entire class at Big Pictures Classes that dives deep into organizing, editing, and sharing digital photos. And you can actually take my class for free with a trial membership! Which includes two weeks unlimited access to their library of classes and top notch customer support. Plus you can cancel at any time with no hassle and no fees!
I’m looking forward to sharing more Lightroom tutorials like this one in the coming weeks. But in the meantime, please let me know if you have any questions and I will be glad to help!