Timdaly Lightroom Untangle
CREDIT: Tim Daly

Untangling Lightroom - Tim Daly

Event info

Limited to 10 places. This course is delivered online and is aimed at those who would like to review, revise or rejig their Lightroom catalogue and better organise their images. If you’ve got yourself into a Lightroom tangle, Tim will help you restructure your set up for a simpler workflow. Suitable for a beginner or those who would value a recap, this course shows you how to fix baffling Lightroom issues such as missing files and folders, backing-up, multiple catalogues and finding files quickly. Tim will also show you simple strategies for storing, naming and organising your growing collection of images outside and inside Lightroom, including simple keywording. Essential if you use Lightroom at home and at work, or when travelling, this workshop will show you how to synchronise into one seamless workflow. No experience is necessary and there’s an opportunity to share and discuss your own specific issues during the course. Maximum of 10 places.

The course uses Lightroom software for both Mac and Windows PC users.

The workshop is run using Zoom video conferencing software and you will be able to watch and interact with your tutor during each topic presentation and ask questions throughout the day. All notes and any sample files are provided to you before the event starts, together with tips on how to use Zoom, if you’ve never used it before.

We encourage you to share questions and work in progress images with other delegates, although this is entirely optional.

10.00 Outline schedule

Welcome and outline of the day

Topic 1: Best methods for organisation. In this introduction we’ll learn how to start afresh looking at a wide range of external storage options to suit most budgets, together with simple data management techniques and recommended image file formats. We’ll also look at simple and stress-free workflows for naming and importing shoots.

Topic 2: Fixing a Lightroom catalogue you’ve already started. Learn how to consolidate images stored across multiple disks onto a single source. Rename folders and rejig Lightroom to make things simpler. Learn how to combine two or more catalogues and how to maintain a single catalogue across a laptop and desktop computer when travelling or shooting on location. Synchronising Photoshop files, iPhoto catalogues and Photoshop Elements catalogues for those who have used different applications.

13.00 Lunch break

Topic 3: Keywords, Collections and Smart Collections. Learn how to break your editing tasks down into more memorable chunks with Collections. Consider tagging your images with keywords and learn how to search for them in Lightroom using text and building Smart Collections.

Topic 4: Maintenance, backing-up and useful routines. Shedding Previews, the pros and cons of Smart Previews, Synchronize Folder, backing up and optimising your Lightroom catalogue, defragmenting external storage. Using Adobe cloud storage, sync’ing Lightroom; opening your Lightroom cloud files in Photoshop.

Recap of the day

16.00 End


A Mac or Windows computer or laptop with Lightroom Classic installed

Internet access

A webcam or microphone for interacting (your laptop may have these built-in already)

Speakers to hear the presentations

You will need to install the Zoom app, but full instructions will be provided.


Please look out for the attachment in your confirmation email, it contains Zoom joining information. If you don't receive it, please email learning@rps.org  

The tutor will need access to your email address to enable him to send you any information regarding the workshop. We will presume that by booking this course you are giving permission unless you contact us to state otherwise. 

Overseas participants - Please check the time of the workshop if you are outside the UK. This link which will help you to calculate the timing of the online workshop: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/custom.html

The Tutor: Dr Tim Daly is Senior Lecturer in Photography at Chester University.

His specialist subjects are photography production and artist's publishing. Tim teaches on all levels of the BA Photography programme with special responsibility for practice based modules, and also contributes to the MA Fine Art programme. Tim has had many photography books published, and has been teaching RPS workshops for a number of years.


Event Organiser

Emma Delves-Broughton


Cancellation policy

Please inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a course as it is not possible to refund any cancellation or transfer to another workshop less than 14 days prior to course start date. The Society reserves the right to cancel a workshop 7 days prior to its start date - please check your hotel and travel cancellation policy as this may be affected.

If you are attending one of our workshops that involves a trip out, please ensure you bring all weather clothing and protection for your camera. Persons under the age of 16 are welcome to attend events but, to conform with UK law, must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or responsible adult.



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