I started writing this post explaining the various categories of my images but that just became too long winded. So instead I'll just say what I'm having a problem with and see if there's any easy solution. Maybe how I categorise things will come into it later.
Basically the problem is I cannot have stacks in collections. I treat the main lightroom "All Photographs" bin as a dumping ground for all my images that I want to keep. I then split this mass of photos into various collections - for Display, to be processed, processing complete, posted online, family, specific events, etc
The problem comes when for example I have 20-30 shots which are part of a pano I want to display but I want to stack them because I dont want to see all the individual images involved with a shot - but its in a collection so I cant. Its not just panos, there are a lot of other images that I want to be able to stack - different processed versions of the same shot are another type. I also pretty much only use Photoshop CS5 for all my editing and none of the tools in Lightroom - except possibly some basic corrections before exporting to PS for processing.
Is there a way to further group images together arbitrarily inside collections that I can possibly use? What I think I need is a way to have "sub-groups" - whether this is in folders or collections or some other way I dont know. Any insight/ideas greatly appreciated
(I'd rather not use separate catalogs if I can help it as I want to only use one catalog for a specific time period as I have done in the past. For example I know that all images from 2009 are in one catalog and no-where els).