(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.)

We are finally moving to the good stuff. But, before we get started into creating our own Lightroom 3 working catalog, I want to you guys to have a good understanding of the Lightroom catalog system.

The Lightroom catalog is simply a container, or even better, a database of information that applies to the images contained within. What you are actually seeing in the Lightroom catalog are not the images themselves, but rather preview renderings of those images with whatever develop settings you have applied.

Deleting a Lightroom catalog does not mean that you are deleting the images, but rather just the catalog information on ratings, keywords, develop settings, etc. Also, moving a Lightroom catalog file doesn’t move the images along with it. For this reason, it is important to have a good organizational system for your Lightroom catalogs and the images therein.

From here on out in this tutorial series, we want you all to work along with us. So, you can either load up your own working files, or you can download the exact working files that we will be using.

After you watch this video and gain a good understanding of the Lightroom catalog system, move on to the next videos in this chapter where we will create our catalog, then import and organize on our images.

Enjoy!

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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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