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I've been shooting RAW+JPEG and I'm importing them together into Lightroom (i.e. the JPEG becomes a side-car of the RAW file).

trouble is, I can't seem to find a way to review the out-of-camera JPEG (as opposed to Lightroom's rendition of the RAW file). How can I switch view between different side-cars of the same image in Lightroom?

For what is worth, I need a way to view different side cars (e.g. the JPEG that accompanies the RAW image), not decoupling them. For one, having them linked makes the first review and deletion of unwanted files a lot easier as I do not have to delete twice.

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Ok, after some research my conclusion is:

  • you can't see side-car files in Lightroom

and also that

  • Lightroom does not really support a RAW+JPEG workflow

By RAW+JPEG workflow I meant being able to:

  1. (at the user's discretion) Review both files together, while being able to tag both files at once (say, mark both files as Rejected with a single command).

  2. (at the user's discretion) review either file on its own and tag only one of them.

After browsing a lot of pages with non-sensical advice, my conclusion is that most people talking about using Lightroom for RAW+JPEG management never really tried to practice any of their advice.

For instance Laura Shoe on RAW+JPEG, her (mis)advice is to either manage both files separately or use auto-stacking. The trouble with Lightroom's auto-stacking is it does not allow you to tag all files in the stack with a single command. So you can't just go through a stack of 1 RAW + 1 JPEG and just hit X to mark both as excluded.

There is a user feedback thread at Photoshop.com asking for this feature.

In the mean time, people that need/want this are using Breezebrowser or Photomechanic to do this. Here is a user review of using Photomechanic for RAW+JPEG.

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FWIW, I've been trying a demo version of PhotoMechanic, and it indeed does the trick. –  Francisco Jun 5 '13 at 7:57
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Edit: Actually it is fairly simple, but you have to thing about this before importing photos:

Edit->Preferences

More here: http://laurashoe.com/2012/09/24/shooting-in-raw-jpeg-mode-lightroom/

If it comes to explicitly showing sidecar files in order to speed up selection, there is no such functionality. However there is a post on the subject on Adobe feedback website: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/lightroom_capability_to_display_embedded_preview

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that seems silly. will it at least stack them? –  Michael Nielsen May 31 '13 at 10:26
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Sorry. It is not that simple. Your answer amounts to "to see side-car JPEG files make them not a side car file.". I want my RAW+JPEG files linked together. It makes reviewing and discarding unwanted photos much easier. –  Francisco May 31 '13 at 10:33
    
Well, then there is no such functionality in LR. However there are people complaining about lack of it: feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/… you can support and hope :) –  Rafal Ziolkowski May 31 '13 at 11:07
    
I think the correct answer is that I had misunderstood what a side-car is supposed to be. The support for what I want in Lightroom is (for all I can tell) obtained by: (i) treating JPEG's as separate files on import; (ii) Use autostack by capture time setting the time interval to zero. I haven't tested it but it seems like it will do it. –  Francisco May 31 '13 at 17:17
    
Yes this might do the trick. Well LR simple doesn't take advantages of sidecar files as well as internal RAW previews - we can't fight that :) –  Rafal Ziolkowski May 31 '13 at 18:04
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