Weekly Update 22nd May – New and Updated Portfolios

Panoramic photograph fo Loch Leven

Well this is my third week into reorganising this blog and to be honest… I have been slightly lazy and I’ve not done a lot of sorting or adding 22nd May Portfolios . Like with every thing in life, if you don’t take a break from things – then things become a chore.  And when something turns into a chore it is not enjoyable.  And enjoyable is what I want my photographic hobby to be for me.

So it is just a couple of Portfolios added this week and a photograph added to our Glencoe Portfolio.

Things around here have been neglected slightly… the garden looks a mess and so this weekend it was a case of catching up on DIY and gardening.  Well for him anyway.  And even though we didn’t go anywhere this weekend.. the pure relaxation of not doing anything was a blessing.   I caught up on a few jobs I’ve not been able to do until now… and of course it was nice to enjoy a couple of cool lagers while taking in the sun’s rays.

Last week I spoke about whether I deleted images from my Lightroom Catalogue and where I store my Lightroom Presets and Catalogue. So this week I am going to talk about Collections and how I use Colour Labels in Lightroom.

Colour Labels

So how do I use my colour labels.  Well the five colour labels you have are Red, Yellow, Green, Blue and Purple. And for my workflow I use the following:

Red = Delete (I don’t like the image for what ever reason so it needs deleting from my catalogue)

Yellow = Social Media (I have processed this photograph, and sent it to various Social Media Platforms
but the image is yet to be posted on our website)

Green = Website (This photo has been edited and is now on my website)

Blue = Panoramic (Used for images that are part of a panoramic set of images)

Purple = HDR (For images that have been auto-bracketed)

And because I used Smart Collections a lot in Lightroom, these colour labels come in handy if I want to create a smart collection for say – images that have been sent to social media which were taken at a specific location or other criteria).  Because we visit some locations more than once, my images are Stored in Folders on my hard drive in this sequence:


Area – Kent, Sussex, Essex etc.

Name of Venue – Scotney Castle, Sissinghurst castle, Maidstone, etc

Date of Visit 


Importing Images into Lightroom – Using Collections and Smart Collections

When I import my images into Lightroom, I have a Collection Set which I have named Date Taken. Within this Collection Set is Collection Sets for each year.  And when I import my images  my images into Lightroom, I then create collections which are labelled with the date and location.  And because Lightroom during import allows you to add your images to a collection, I always tick the box for adding to a collection in Lightroom and then create a collection with my date and location format in my Collection Set named Date Taken.

I like using this method because when you go out to places keeping track of the times and dates you visited a certain location is easy.   Plus when working in Lightroom, I know exactly where we last visited and those are the images I want to work on first.

Organisation is the key to running a catalogue in Lightroom and I use Collection Sets, Smart Collections and Collections a lot.  Now my only gripe with Lightroom is this, if you use Collections, you can sync them with Lightroom Mobile but you can’t sync Smart Collections.  Which is a shame because I use Smart Collections for a lot of my sorting of images.

Smart Collections Based on Locations

We visit many places more than once… so I like to create Collection Sets based on the Area where I took my photograph ie Kent.  I then Create Collection Sets using the name of the Place we have visited within that specific area.  For instance on the image to the right you can see we’ve visited Leigh-on-Sea in Essex, Buckler’s Hard in Hampshire and Allington Locks in Kent.

Now because I am using Smart Collections within those collection sets I can display all images I have taken at Bucklers Hard irrespective of when I took them by using Smart Collections.  And to do this I create a Smart Collection to include all photographs with in the folder of the Venue I have visited.  (This is where my storing of images in my folders comes into benefit, because I create a Smart Collection saying show all photographs within the folder Leigh-on-Sea).  So it doesn’t matter how many times I go to a Venue, every sub-folder (which are the dates of the visit) will be added to this Smart Collection.  So I have in essence all the images I have ever taken at this Venue, irrespective of which date I took the images.

I can create and use a Smart Collection (For instance Allington Locks) to process my images.  But within this Collection Set of Allington Locks I also want to know which images I have posted on my Website – and this is where my Colour Labels come in handy.  Because I have said that all Photographs on my Website are Green so I create another Smart Collection to show me all Photographs within the Allington Locks Folder  which has a green label (Green being the label given to photos on my website).

Yes it may sound all confusing for you but once you have worked out your structure of how you are going to a) save your images in folders and b) how you are going to use Collection Sets, Smart Collections and Collections things do fall into place.  For me working with Smart Collections is easy and makes my workflow a whole lot easier for me.  And because we visit places more than once.. then for me this method of working is simple and easy to use, simply because I have all my images of that particular venue within one Smart Collection.

So if you are new to Lightroom and you are creating your first Catalogue… then my first piece of advice would be this – Work out your Structure for Saving Images and then work out how you are going to Use Collection Sets, Smart Collections and Collections.

Until next time have a good week everyone..

Eltham Palace (New)


Glencoe (New)

Panoramic photograph fo Loch Leven

Mount Ephraim Gardens (New)


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