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Collections! Best Practices / Your Workflow?
While downloading a job I shot this past Monday it dawned on me how much more I have been utilizing collections in LR lately. This is a more recent habit then I would like to admit but I can't imaging not utilizing collections now that I've figured them out a little. Especially with the added clutter of video clips, behind the scenes photos and setup shots on top of the standard .DNG files and subsequent derivative files my old use of folders was quickly becoming unmanageable.
My current workflow is ever evolving but I have started using meta data to tag each job and "Smart Collections" to automatically do my sorting as I import. This at least gives me a clean starting point before jumping into the editing process. My goal going forward is to put together some more detailed Smart Collections to keep me organized all the way through as I rate, edit and create PSDs and TIFFs. The added benefit of these collections is there indifference to where the actual master files lives, as I keep these on a separate external drive.
I am interested to hear what works for you guys if you are using collections and if not, I encourage you to start, and ask your questions here.