I just loaded LR 6. I hope my head doesn't explode. I imported just one photo so far. I have heard such scary photos about getting your catalog right etc so I am about to embark on reading a 500 page book. I am sooooo nervous.
Many of these 'fundamental' aspects of using Lightroom have been and will be retailed many times so searches should bring up forests of opinion to an enquirer.
Like others I grew dissatisfied with Organiser (at about PSE7) and have never looked back after starting LR.
In reply to a few remarks - No1. It is very, very worthwhile and very easy to keyword all your photos in LR even when the image count exceeds 5 figures. Folder structure and keyword structure fade in importance as LR is so fast in finding image grouped by keywords.
No2. Start to learn the Develop Module in LR as it leads in two directions: A. shooting RAW image files & B. doing 90% of your post processing in LR.
So very true. I probably use LR for 90%-95% of my post processing, and only move into PSE/PS when I need to do more complex work. The fact that you can use LR presets to increase your workflow speed makes this the go to program for me.
It should be interesting when ON1 comes out with their new program this Fall called "On1 Photo Raw". Not sure about cataloging - although there is something about a "Favorites" that the program will "watch". The company is saying they are combining the best of Browsing Photos and Cataloging. You can read more about it here: www.on1.com/news/browsing-vs-cataloging-the-ins-and-outs/ ~bruce.
ps - not that I need another thing to add to my repertoire
I currently use LR - then go over to On1 Effects, Enhance or Portrait - use the many presets from there and then back to LR. I do use elements once in awhile for select processes that seem easier there then in the other programs.
I know this discussion is a bit dated, but I will stick my two cents in anyway.
Regardless of which organizing software one uses, the absolute best thing I did to get our images under control was to install and use the FREE program DIM (Digital Image Mover)
Once I got the file renaming/renumbering commands figured out, and set a destination external hard-drive and main top-of-the-tree folder, I put DIM to work on all the scattered folders and haphazardly stored images; and, in short order, every last image we had was renamed as prefix_date-taken_consecutive-number-suffix; the number suffix started at zero for each individual day.
Once this was done, I can now find just about anything I am looking for without the help of any organizer/browser; add a decent organizer and key-word tags and I can immediately find anything.
Elements 7 ~~~ 64-bit Windows 7
On a poverty-level Kentucky budget, a 24-exposure roll of film would have two Christmases and a summer vacation on it and we might have to wait another six months before being able to afford developing the film.
I still have trouble remembering that it doesn't cost anything to take thousands of pictures; it just almost seems impossible to be true.