A large part of my Lightroom workflow is implemented via the magic of Lightroom’s Smart Collections.

Smart Collections are dynamic filters, where you assign a few rules, and Lightroom will update the filter according to your selection criteria. So it will match the photos as they are changed or as they are updated.

Collections are static listing of photos. You will need to add the photo manually by dragging and dropping the photo in the “regular/plain” collection.

I rely very heavily on the smart collections.

Don’t do manual work that Lightroom can do for you. Lightroom will do it better, faster and more accurately than you can do it manually. Many photographers use keywords to keep track of their workflow. Can they guarantee that are 100% accurate?

Some photographers use to delete the keyword “not copyrighted” after they type-in their copyrights. Here are the problems:

  1. The copyright information should be set at the import, so you don’t have to do it.
  2. This is extra work.
  3. What if you forget to remove the keyword “not copyrighted”? Then you work is not to be trusted, and need to be verified.

First here’s my summary:

Lightroom: summary of workflow - smart collections

Lightroom: summary of workflow - smart collections



Lightroom: summary of workflow - smart collections

Lightroom: summary of workflow - smart collections

Why don’t they? To be useful to me a photo must be associated with a collection. If not the photo languish. Look at the large number, I’m working on it, almost every day.

Lightroom: photos without copyright info

Lightroom: photos without copyright info

Please note that as shown on: Lightroom: Workflow - Importing Photos all my photos have the copyright assigned, so this is only for verification.

Lightroom: photos without keywords

Lightroom: photos without keywords

Please note that as shown on: Lightroom: Workflow - Importing Photos all my photos have some keyword assigned. But!… This is only the starting point, the keywords are and must be refined. At least that way the photos are not lost.

Lightroom: photos without title

Lightroom: photos without title

I’m not very good at adding title. It’s something that I must change, and work upon.

  • Lightroom does not have a: is empty for the title. So I found somewhere on the web the doesn’t contain a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z. I don’t remember where so I can’t give the attribution to the person that came up with it.
  • This “doesn’t contain a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h,i,j,k,l,m,n,o,p,q,r,s,t,u,v,w,x,y,z” works for any other selection criteria where Lightroom doesn’t provide an “is empty“.