I am not shooting RAW. I updated my LR so it knew my camera, uploaded test images and it took forever, honestly I can not tell much difference between my large format and raw so I went back to what I am comfie with.
Last month I was asked for a couple photos that had my watermark on it and I needed to remove that. No big deal but would have been better if I had two copies, one with my watermark and one without in a larger size. Now I am re thinking what I have been doing and how I save my work.
The steps I am now taking might be useful to you if you are stuck in my rut. Geee, it might still be a rut in the future, but for now its better than what I did before. Here goes:
* take my photos and import into LR
*review what I want to keep and get rid of and delete the unwanted photos.
*review the saved images, mark a couple I want to work on
*develop one image and pop it over to Elements for more edits if needed
* Once finished in Elements I do a "save" for LR which ends up as a psd
*I now go back into LR to export to a folder on my external storage!
*Now I can choose to export a huge file like 4MP as a .jpg to any folder I want with a name!
*I can also export another file as an email size into another folder for sharing in places like the web and Flicker.
*leave my watermark off unless I need it, as the small file sizes are not worth stealing.
So what I have created right now are two folders, one that has LARGE files and one folder that has the smaller files for sharing. I have done this because the LARGE photos are ones that are for sales. And of course inside that I have catagory folders like Flowers or Birds.
I hope that these steps might help some of you crate a visual walk through your work with LR and Elements.