What is a Lightroom catalog?
If you are new to using Lightroom, you might be wondering, "what is a Lightroom catalog?"
It's a valid question and asked by many who are just starting up or have been using the program for awhile.
To understand how Lightroom works
, you must first understand the functionality of the Lightroom catalog & what it's used for. In simple terms, Lightroom does not store your photos.
Instead, the catalog references your photos either on your computer or hard drive ( where you set up your catalog) & stores useful information such as keywords, metadata, and editing you apply to your photos in Lightroom. When you make a change to your photos in Lightroom, you are only making a change to your catalog & not your original photos.
It's not until you export the photos from Lightroom when these changes will applied to a copy
of the photo , leaving your original photo untouched. For this reason, Lightroom is non-destructive to your original photos.
In this video, I am going to show you how to create a catalog (if you haven't already done so) and how this catalog is a reference to your original photos. Let's get started!
Now that you understand how catalogs in Lightroom work, does it make more sense how Lightroom operates as a whole? Leave a comment below and let me know!
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