Collecting Lightroom Collections
by Ken Milburn
There are two kinds of Collections, namely Collections and Quick Collections. Collections can be thought of as virtual Folders. Putting a photo into a Collection doesn't actually duplicate the file or move it from its original location. There is no actual image in the Collection, only a pointer, in the form of a thumbnail, to the image that's stored in Lightroom's Folders or Libraries. But this is only a technical difference. You still see thumbnails in the Grid View, can Loupe them just by pressing Return and can develop them any way you like. You can even create a virtual copy that doesn't create a duplicate file, only a duplicate set of Lightroom instructions. Nothing you do to a Virtual Copy actually changes the original file. It just acts as a duplicate set of instructions that shows a different set of Develop instructions applied to that same file.
Well at last I agree with your assessment! You might also add that each collection remembers the last web or slideshow preset that was used to display it, and will then be available from the filmstrip. Collections are multipurpose.