Catalogs and Collections?  Which is the correct way / better to organize a large library of images?

Hi all

I decided to spend time in organizing and creating a backup decent system for my personal iibrary of images which is about 500Gig.

I used CaptureOne for years, but to do research the best software to use for this purpose, decided to jump in the use of Lightroom.

I am now reasonably confident with the basics of importing and creating catalogs / folders / Collections etc., but there seems to be a slight fracture on how people break there images using these tools.

Some people recommend that this is done by creating multiple catalogs is to say every year or even by use / event because it prevents LR latecomers under duress of a large portfolio.   Others say to keep catalogs to an absolute minimum and sort all Collections projects instead.

I am sure that there is no absolute right and wrong and a lot is probably down to personal preferences, but can I ask the community if you would mind throwing some advantages and disadvantages of each method please?

Many thanks for any help

John was soon

Some people recommend that this is done by creating multiple catalogs is to say every year or even by employment

It is a horrible idea which defeats the entire purpose of the Lightroom library Module. Any who recommend what needs to explain how it is preferable, because it isn't better somehow, in my opinion.

If you have multiple catalogs, you can not search for your set of photos. You find not all photos with particular metadata, you can find the photos with this metadata in a catalog.

because this would prevent late LR under the constraint of a major portfolio

A problem that does not exist. People in this area and other forums report catalogs more 500 000 pictures works well.

Others say to keep catalogs to an absolute minimum and sort all Collections projects instead.

Most people I know (including most of the people in this forum I've read) say to keep everything in a single catalog. Use keywords and other metadata, no collections, as your tool main body. Smart Collections are used as a mechanism of research (not a mechanism of "spell"). Regular collections are used to group the pictures together for a specific task, such as the creation of a book, slideshow, web page, etc. (again not a mechanism of "spell".

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