Lightroom Session: File Managment

Develop good habits with organizing and managing your files in Lightroom Classic.
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Lightroom is a powerful image editing tool, but before you can crop, saturate, clone, enhance or clarify you need to know where your files are. In this 90-minute session we’ll tackle the all-important subjects of image organization and backup. You’ll learn how to get Lightroom set up to work best for your shooting style and workflow. If you’re considering the switch to the cloud version of Lightroom it’s even more important to get things in order with Classic before you migrate.

Organizing your images

  • What to do with existing folders of images that are often scattered around several external drives.
  • Should you organize folders by dates, by events and trips, or some combination? Some recommended folder structures to help keep your pictures (and sanity) in order.
  • Is it better to keep your originals on an internal or external drive?
  • Tips for moving from Mac Photos app.


  • Should you use multiple catalogs? hint: probably not
  • How to download to your laptop on the road and then import it all when you get home.
  • Using Smart Previews to help you work. . . smarter.

Data Backup

  • Lightroom Classic helps backup the catalog only. Keeping a couple of protection copies of your actual images is up to you.
  • We’ll look at Mac and Windows options for local data backup to an external drive.
  • Having an offsite backup is essential in case disaster strikes, we’ll survey several options.

  • Cost per person is $40 early registration, $50 late registration.
  • Login in to Zoom meeting at least 15 minutes before the class starts to become familiar with the program and work out any technical issues that may occur.
  • Class starts promptly at 6:00pm CDT and lasts no more than 1.5 hours.
  • Please plan to be on camera for the class. It let’s us all connect a little better and help keeps your instructor happy and sane!
  • Advance registration is required.
  • Maximum number of students is 20.

Q: How will the online sessions be different from being in the classroom?

A: Like in the classroom, this online session is a demonstration class where you do not need to have Lightroom open on your laptop during the class. We encourage you to watch the instructor during the class and practice what you’ve learned in your own time after the class.

Attendees will be on mute but can ask questions through various methods on Zoom, such as the chat feature. If there is a specific question to a specific project you may be working on, the instructor can answer those questions after the session has ended or by email. Class handouts will be distributed through e-mail.

We encourage you to use the video feature when you join the Zoom class! It will help us feel connected and engaged as a class, even though we aren’t all in one place. To use the video feature, you will need a webcam.

Q: Do I have to live in North Texas to take the online classes?
A: No! Have you always wanted to take a photography class with your friend or family member but you aren’t in the same location? This is the perfect opportunity to learn a new skill with a buddy near or far.

Q: How will I know if the class makes or not?
A: If the class doesn’t make and has to be canceled, you will receive an email no later than the day before the scheduled class date.

Q: What if I have to cancel an online class?
A: If you cancel 3-7 days ahead of the scheduled date of the class, you will receive 100% transfer credit toward another similar class within 3 months of the cancellation date. There is no refund or transfer credit for cancellations within 48 hours of start time of the class or workshop. Full details on cancellations are on our Policies page.

Peter Poulides

Peter is the director of Dallas Center for Photography and teaches several of the classes and workshops. In over 30 years of shooting assignments for national magazines and corporate/stock photography he’s learned a few things and likes to pass it on. His favorite student review is “You remember what it’s like to not know”.

He also works one-on-one with clients to further particular shootings skills, organize their photos with Lightroom or work on projects like books and exhibitions. He still shoots occasional commercial jobs but is busy with personal book projects and running the expanding DCP.

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