This article covers the Metadata section of the Smart Collections Workflow and is part of the complete Smart Collection Workflow for Lightroom.
While it has been awhile since I have added more content to the workflow, time has helped the cause. Adobe Lightroom has continued to improve the workflow characteristics of this great photographer's tool since I began using Lightroom 1.0. As of this current version (4.x), I have really spent more time refining how I work on my catalog in the off hours. Since I have full time self-employment and a family, the time I get in front of my iMac is less than in front of my macbook pro. This made finding a method of editing photos already in my catalog paramount to continuing my photography work.
Luckily, there is a simple way to work on parts of my catalog remotely and then merge the changes back into my main catalog. I use only a few built-in Lightroom commands to accomplish this feat.
In summary, I do the following:
- Export a section of my permanent catalog, we'll call it the Main catalog.
- Open the secondary catalog, we'll call it the Portable catalog.
- Make a snapshot of any image I adjust with develop settings.
- Edit metadata and develop settings.
- Import the catalog back into Main.
Important - Existing Images Only
Export Images to Edit
Editing the Portable Catalog
Importing Back Into the Main Catalog
- Replace: Metadata and develop settings only (NOT the choice including negative files also)
- Remaining items unchecked.
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