(The Lightroom video tutorial in this post is just under the introductory text below. The working files for this video can be found just above the video.)

So it’s time to move on to creating the Lightroom 3 Catalog for the files we are going to be using in this tutorial series.

While we will be using my workflow preferences in regards to the file organization, feel free to customize this workflow to suite your needs.

I would however strongly recommend that you create a new folder and Lightroom catalog for each of your different shoots. For example, if I just got back from a fashion shoot, I would create a folder called, “Date – Fashion Shoot.” Then my catalog file and images would go into that specific folder.

This will ensure that if you are transferring or copying the Fashion Shoot folder to any other location, it will take along with it the images and catalog file.

So, check out this video where we go over how to create your Lightroom catalog and organize your files.

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Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.

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