Proper Workflow for Creating Collections on SmugMug via Lightroom

jgwalterjgwalter Washington, DCPosts: 11Registered Users Big grins
edited November 5, 2018 in SmugMug Support

Example problem......

  1. A batch of 137 images divided into 17 subfolders in Lightroom uploaded to SmugMug into unlisted (but perhaps searchable) folders.
  2. In SmugMug, I want to separate these images into several collections based on star ratings in Lightroom. This does not seem possible in SmugMug, but can easily be done in Lightroom.

However, creating the collections in Lightroom, seems to create a duplicate file in SmugMug? The small 'collection' arrow in the lower left of the thumbnail does not appear. Furthermore, often a different filename is created because my file naming convention adds the current date of the upload, which is often different from the original. In any event, it is really unclear if the image is duplicated, or if that really matters?

Creating the collection in SmugMug and syncing down to Lightroom seems to work perfectly, however as I mentioned above, creating the collection based on star ratings does not seem possible in SmugMug? Correct me if I am wrong.

Any advice on this is appreciated.

Thanks.

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  • WinsomeWorksWinsomeWorks Keep Thou my Feet Posts: 1,933Registered Users Major grins

    Did you ever figure this out? Following because I need to start figuring out how to use Lightroom with SmugMug.

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  • jgwalterjgwalter Washington, DCPosts: 11Registered Users Big grins

    @WinsomeWorks said:
    Did you ever figure this out? Following because I need to start figuring out how to use Lightroom with SmugMug.

    Yes, I figured it out. While the Lightroom plugin is the best-working one amongst SmugMug's competitors, it does not work for this purpose. Creating a collection in Lightroom does not create a collection in SmugMug. It creates a duplicate upload. While SmugMug Support's answer to this is "So what, you have unlimited storage", this creates all sorts of problems related to having more than one copy of an image, such as searchability, updating version changes, etc. I've since moved away from this project, now only using Lightroom to upload images (which works great), and creating all collections within SmugMug. The problem with this approach is that with the limited filtering options in SmugMug, I need to create some kind of code in the keywords of the uploaded images, which works, but I fear will prove to be far too difficult to organize and maintain.

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