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Understanding structure and best use practices of the Adobe Lightroom Catalog can be challenging for new users.

Adobe provides great professional help to get you started. The basic Lightroom Catalog definition is included below, but to gain a full understanding of the complex options and features, please review this helpful Adobe video tutorials and links:

  1. What's in a catalog?
    • What's in a catalog?

    • A catalog is a database that stores a record for each of your photos. This record contains three key pieces of information about each photo:

    • A reference to where the photo is on your system

    • Instructions for how you want to process the photo

    • Metadata, such as ratings and keywords that you apply to photos to help you find or organize them

    • Your images are NOT saved in the Catalog; only referenced by it.

    • For more info, please see the Adobe Ligthtroom Catalog page.

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