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

Lightroom Collections are one of many tools we have available to aid us in organizing the images within our catalogs.

However, unlike Keywords which become a part of the images metadata, Collections are a part of each Lightroom Catalog. They are not independent of the catalog, therefore images that are exported from a collection will not have any collection tags or information outside of Lightroom.

Collections are powerful because they can be used not only to organize our image, but also to contain groupings which can be utilized inside of other Lightroom modules for other functions, like creating contact sheets in the print module, slideshows in the slideshow module, etc.

In this video we are going to briefly review exactly what are collections and then we will move on to the next video where we show you how to create both regular and smart collections.


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