My current development workflow is the following:
- Import pictures from the SD card to my Mac in Lightroom 4
- Select and develop my RAW pictures
- Export my selected pictures as JPG
- Move the whole directory (RAW + exported JPG) to my NAS
The rationale behind this workflow was to be able to work faster under development with locally stored image, while archiving the data on my NAS.
My problem is the following: I just realised today that moving the pictures from my Mac to my NAS actually made Lightroom "forget" all development settings. I was pretty sure that the development impacted the actual RAW files, while it apparently only exists in the LR catalog.
What would you recommend to preserve my development work while moving my pictures to the NAS?