As I said in my article on the choice of a software for the photo, Adobe Lightroom is an extremely powerful tool, which covers all the needs of the photographer, from the sorting to the cataloging, by way of the actual treatment of course .
But here it is, it has a peculiarity that scares many people: the catalog. These fears are understandable, because without explanation the concept may seem obscure, especially if the computer makes you as comfortable as a teen is at his first appointment. But they are unjustified, believe me. It’s a lot simpler than you think, and I’ll prove it to you.
I just want you to promise me something before I start: DO NOT PANIC. These fears are in your head. Promised. It will not hurt. You just have to trust me for a few minutes .
This article was written in parallel with a video in which I show a lot of things in a visual way. Both are complementary, so do not hesitate to watch it
What is the Lightroom catalog?
The catalog is simply a computer file (NOT PANIC), just like a .pdf file, or .doc, or .mp3.
While an mp3 file contains music, the Lightroom catalog file contains various information, including:
The location of the photos on your hard drive (in any case, those you have imported into the catalog, we come back to it)
The touch-ups you made on it (contrast, exposure, etc.)
The keywords you applied
The notes given to the photos