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How can I delete originals in Capture One from within an album (without going back to “all photos”)?

In Capture One if you want to organize your photos inside of a catalog you have to use albums. But if you want to delete an image and you are viewing it in an album the image is only deleted from the ...
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What are some common uses for stacking in Lightroom?

In what situations does it work well? Or not work well? How do you use it to organise your photos? In what situations does "Auto-stack by capture time" work well? Note that I'm not talking about ...
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How to store photos for long term locally?

TL;DR: I am amateur photographer and looking for advice on storing my photographs locally (not on cloud/online) for long-term. Background I started clicking photos in .JPG initially but realized it'...
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How can I organise collections by date in Lightroom?

I often go walking with my camera and I like to collect the photos from each walk into a collection. I name the collection after the place I've walked, and it ultimately contains any photos I took, ...
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Cross-Platform Photo Management Workflow - from Smart-Phone/PC to Storage to Print

I am looking for a simple photography workflow. I want as much automation as possible to handle synchronization, organization, editing, and printing. I am willing to put in more work upfront so ...
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Moving from Light Room to Capture One/Media Pro or alternative

I've used Lightroom (LR) for the past year and I love that tool. However, I've recently looked into alternatives and the output of Capture One (CO) looks better than LR, at least for me. I wanted to ...
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How can I sort pictures in a folder based on similarity? [duplicate]

I have many duplicate photos in a folder. How can I sort the pictures in a folder by similarity? i.e., sorting not based on the file name or date, but based on similarity of image?
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How can I show the oldest and newest image with ExifTool in Windows?

Is there any way to show the name of the oldest and the newest image in the current folder with ExifTool, based on the shooting date?
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What system should I use for photo management and sharing over the Internet? [closed]

This question has been asked before, but the answers are 3+ years old and nearly all of the projects referenced are gone! Basically, I want something that does everything Picasa (the Windows client ...
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How can I reduce the storage space for unprocessed timelapses?

I have many JPEGs captured as part of different timelapses. I have all of them stored as they came from the camera, but it is starting to take up a lot of space. I want to keep the photos at their ...
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Darktable on multiple machines

What is the best way to organise a large photo library that needs to be accessed on two laptops (both my wife and I are editing pictures). Possibilities: store the library.db along with the files on ...
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How do you keep organized in LR?

I recently switched from Aperture to LR. I want to know what is the best way to get organized. How do you keep your file structure? I read online that some are using YYYYMMDD-Title as folders. Also, ...
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Possible to open photo straight to Adobe Camera Raw?

Is there any way to open a photo straight into Adobe Camera Raw without loading Photoshop or anything? I am trying to use my own program to browse my DNG photos and I would like to be able to open ...
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Lightroom: Folder display doesn't match filesystem

I recently imported my iPhoto library into Lightroom using Lightroom's import facility. The result of that was a neatly arranged filesystem, like thus: 2012/ 01/ 2012-01-03/ ... files ...
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Can I copy a Lightroom catalog between computers?

I have a NAS drive where I keep all my photos, and I have just cataloged this using an instance of Lightroom which is on my laptop - 15,000 photos or so. Now I want to use Lightroom on my Surface ...
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When bracketing photos, how do you keep track of them during post?

When I download photos I often can't tell which bracketed shots go with which. How do I keep track of them during editing?
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Can I import photos into Lightroom from Microsoft OneDrive without downloading them directly to my HDD?

I have all my images in OneDrive. I want to import them into Lightroom 5 and create smart previews. How do I do this without downloading all the images directly to my HDD? Can Lightroom reference ...
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Creating “Smart Folders” on the hard drive based on photo IPTC metadata?

I use IPTC metadata for tagging and rating my images. I'd like to create folders on my hard drive containing collections of photos based on the metedata (e.g. 5-star photos in 2015). This would be ...
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Why do copies of the same photo have slightly different file sizes?

I've been pulling my hair out at this task, which seems insurmountable. I have spent a lot of time consolidating all my past storage drives, and then doing it again, and now discover I have many ...
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Is there a way to use Lightroom mobile to Sync only starred/picked photos in collections?

I was wondering if there's a way/plug-in to sync only photos in collections based on metadata such as flagging and/or ratings? For instance, if I have a collection of 500 images, but only 50 are rated ...
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Why is my DSLR taking duplicate pictures?

My Nikon d7000 is making an exact duplicate of each picture taken. I have 2 of every picture on my sd card. How do I stop this?
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“Getting Started with Lightroom Mobile” popup disappears before I can click on it!

I don't know what it's called, but it's the window at the upper left of the LR window that comes up when you click on "getting started with lightroom mobile" or if you've already signed in, "Your name ...
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Aperture like event view in Lightroom 5

I just purchased Lightroom 5, and am making the switch from Aperture, which I've been using for the last two years, and has all of my 40,000+ images from that time frame. While I didn't realize that ...
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Photos imported into Aperture aren't showing up — why not?

I imported about 500 images into Aperture (mostly CR2, but some jpg), and for some reason they're not showing up in my library. If I right click on my library and select "Show Package Contents" and ...
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sorting photos from every minute to every hour

I have a data base of time lapse photos that have been taken for a period of a week, but i made a newbies mistake and set the setting up for a photo every second, filled up my memory drive. Anyways ...
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How can I give an assitant rights to edit without having the possibility to download the image? [closed]

The situation is this one: we are a small photo company. We have a few people going out to shoot various assignments. When they return they hand me the memory cards and I download the images into the ...
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Standards or widespread guidelines for updating of Exif or other metadata when modifying photos or other images?

I'm working on software that allows users to upload photos (or, potentially, any image). The photos are scaled to a maximum size (to save space) and as part of that change to the image I want to copy ...
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Is there a way to get image names from DSLR to a tethered tablet?

My implementation would be for high volume photography (sorting/post processing).... If I can get the image name, as the picture is taken, to be sent to a tethered android tablet, I would be able to ...
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Organizing photos for archival purposes, what format for metadata?

For long term archiving, what metadata format(s) are most likely to be readable in 10, 20, or 30 years? Currently I archive photos by directory in a tree structure starting with year at the top level. ...
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Do you keep all of your photos? [duplicate]

Even though I do a quick edit in camera to remove unwanted shots as I shoot, I still end up with a huge number of shots. I keep and back up in the cloud the ones I am working on for a project and ...
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Lightroom publish to Facebook: managing existing photos

Is there any way to synchronize existing photos in a given album of a Facebook page with Lightroom's Facebook Publish services? I can add the developed photos to the Publish collection, but I have no ...
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How can I automatically organize files on disk based on date or other metadata inside Lightroom?

I've been tidying up my external hard drives, which involved merging several Lightroom libraries as well as importing a bunch of stuff that I haven't properly catalogued before. Unfortunately things ...
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How to view a thumbnail for each lightroom folder in a catalog?

I'm trying to convert from Aperture to Lightroom. The first thing that does not make sense to me is how do you get an overview of your entire library (called catalog in lightroom)? In aperture, this ...
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Is there a way to get Lightroom to extract only part of the folder name on export?

I have the photos for the newspaper I'm working at stored in folders named like "YY-MM-DD_name-of-article". I have a folder for each article. Now, in our editorial system, they want them named like "...
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How do you organize your photos before you shoot them?

When I go out for a shoot, I often shoot photos that I'd like saved in multiple folders on the SD card, so that I can figure out later what's what. For example, if I go out to shoot trains, in the ...
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Why is my SDHC card disappearing from the file system after few minutes?

My Nikon sdhc memory card is showing in my computer, but after a few minutes it disappears from the file system. The three things I tried are: formatted the card changed my card reader changed the ...
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What is the best linux/BSD distro for photography? [closed]

Is there a distribution or flavor of *nix that stands above the rest in terms of available apps in the repository, smooth workflow, colour management, etc?
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How to get back from a print to an image file

I manage a growing collection of jpeg photos (27k so far) for my partner. Aside from the time it takes to accurately tag them all (I only have about 7k of them tagged :( ), everything is fine. The ...
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How to prevent deleted photos from appearing again when importing from camera?

I use Adobe Lightroom. I import photos daily from the camera, carefully go through the large number of photos and delete (from the PC) the ones I don't like. However, the next time I import from the ...
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How do I move a photo in Lightroom after it's been added but not copied?

Normally when adding photos to Lightroom, I "Copy as DNG" from my camera's SD card to my external hard drive. Recently someone gave me a DVD containing over a thousand images in JPG format, which I ...
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How do you manage your less-than-perfect photos?

If I post pictures on G+ or Picasa for my parents, they complain that they want only to see the best shots - not all of them. I don't want to have 2 folder trees for primary and secondary photos. Is ...
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Can Lightroom facilitate the consolidation of 2 external drives to a third?

I have two large external drives with about 2.5 TB of data. About half the storage is images and videos that I want to put on a new NAS drive/device. I don’t want to carry over junk, duplicates and ...
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Lightroom synchronize finding all photos as new photos

I'm using Dropbox to store all my photos and use Lightroom to categorize and post process my photos. Now Dropbox apparently renamed my Dropbox folder from "Dropbox" to "Dropbox ()" recently. It also ...
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How can I find all sets of photos taken on the same date across years

I want to create a memories album and for that wanted to find all groups of photos that are on the same date, so that I can see what trend I can show across the years. It's similar to "Today in the ...
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Gather Date taken of photos and make a timeline plot

I wanted to see my trend of digital phototaking over the years. My hypothesis being that there is an upswing each time I acquire a new device (camera, phone ...etc.) and a boost with the advent of ...
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What Digital Asset Management software supports multi-user collaborative catalog management?

How can a newspaper group with multiple photographers (15+) that, all-together, take and rate pictures from 3 or 4 events daily, manage a photo catalog? I've heard of Digital Asset Management before, ...
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Is there a tool to check the file integrity of a series of images?

Sometimes when you're downloading an image and the connection breaks mid stream, you are left with a half downloaded image. If you try to view it you get the upper part of the image and the bottom ...
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Canon 6D resetting folders on card format - a way to stop this?

I have a Canon 6D. The "File Numbering" setting is set to "Continuous", and for the most part, it behaves that way. However, unlike my experience with previous Canon DSLRs (e.g. my Canon 30D), there'...
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Multiple instances or windows of Lightroom opened for photo reorganization

I am new to lightroom (Mac) and had been trying to migrate from using acdsee pro inside of a virtual windows machine. The workflow I am tying to achieve used to involve opening two acdsee browser/...
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How to reorganize folders into dated folders for picasa

I have photos in DCIM\g343asdfj Folders that have been indexed in picasa and facetagged. Now I want to move them to photos\2013-02-23 or as required by the date taken of the picture. How do I do that ...