50,000 images in a year? Do you delete any of your photos?
Lightroom started getting a bit sluggish so I went through all the normal tweaks trying to coax it back into running smoothly again - nothing worked! After a little digging around, I realized I had approximately 50,000 images in my main catalog (about a years worth of images)!
I have gone around and around internally trying to come up with a decent LR catalog system. For a while I was breaking every wedding into a separate catalog. It just got to be a pain having to keep track of all the catalogs and constantly starting and restarting LR to switch between image sets.
At some point I just stopped worrying about it and starting keeping everything together. The last time I check, the predominate recommendation was to keep catalog sizes to 20,000 images or less.
I created a new catalog and bam! - I am back in business. LR is snappy again!
Yes! That's after deleting all the rejected images.
Many of images are from weddings and portrait sessions; however a lot of my landscape work revolves around HDR so I have quite a few repetitive shots. Over the last year I also started photographing textures. I have quite a few shots that are just of the sky, brick walls, rusty metal, etc.
Photographing textures is a good idea. I think I'll start doing that and get into a little more post-processing than just adding a vignette and getting a proper exposure. I'd like to try out some borders. I'll probably hold off on this until I get Photoshop on my computer.
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