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Questions tagged [lightroom-catalog]

The catalog is a database used by Adobe Lightroom to track image organization, along with changes to images and their metadata. It is possible to use more than one catalog as and when needed - particularly useful for professional photographers - to prevent any one catalog becoming large and slow.

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Move photos and convert to NEF after they have been “added” and not copied

I've just started using Lightroom, without any formal workflow and I add my photos directly in the camera native raw format (NEF in my case) and from copies of my SD I made on my hard drive. Now I'd ...
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Lightroom 8.1 catalog backup includes lrcat-wal and unzipped lrcat

I'm using Lightroom 8.1 on Windows 10 1809. I've chosen to always get prompted about backing up the catalog when exiting, but after I upgraded to 8.1 (from Lr 8.0 on Windows 8.1), it seems that ...
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How can I share and edit images in my library across multiple devices with Lightroom Classic CC 2019?

I'm pretty new to Lightroom Classic CC. I've used Lightroom CC for some time and this wasn't an issue, because the images were stored in the Creative Cloud. However for some reasons I've decided to ...
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How to handle RAW file storage across devices in Lightroom?

The Issue I'm trying to figure out if there is an established way of managing RAW files across devices when using Lightroom. I am aware of Lightroom's cloud sync, but unless I'm misunderstanding how ...
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Folder-Organising Photos already Imported and Edited in Lightroom

At some point I imported photos in to Lightroom without allowing for them to be categorised in to date subfolders. I now have a batch of files 'loose' in my 2018 folder. Since importing them I have ...
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Where can I find Lightroom database documentation?

I'm looking for some documentation for the Lightroom Catalog (sqlite database) structures. Here's a simple example of what I'm trying to do. I found a table containing the exif data (...
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Recovery of LightRoom library following file system corruption

A few months back my disk had a file system corruption (this was the moment I realised my backup strategy sucked big way). I could recover most of my files but only using a low level recovery which ...
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problem while importing a lightroom 5 catalog in lightroom CC(6)

I just wiped my mac and just made a fresh install. When I do so I usually install a new version of LR and import my old catalog (that is usually converted properly). This time it everything has gone ...
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is there a catalogue in lightroom of all photos that can be used for migration?

so i am preparing to move my home desktop from a windwos PC to a linux distro, and the only thing holding me up is about a thousand photos i have yet to edit i have in lightroom. so, just as the title ...
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How can I make Lightroom always backup on exit without the dialog asking everytime?

I've found many answers for how to disable the backup dialog, but they all involve turning off backups (like this one). I want Lightroom to always backup the catalog upon exiting, but I want to set ...
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How to best keep Lightroom catalog backups?

In order to save space on my HD I create a new Lightroom catalog at the beginning of the year. With the time I also backup the photos (.NET and exported .jpg) belonging to the catalog. However I ...
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Lightroom to show images of particular resolution

How do I use Lightroom's library module to show me pictures with a resolution larger than 5,000 x 2,300 px in my catalog?
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Lightroom adjustment/cleanup of settings for historically imported pictures

Background: I am using Lightroom (newest edition, subscription) for two years, and for the first year, I did not understand enough of the settings, so I imported over time about 80000 photos with ...
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Can I keep Lightroom 5 presets in one place using multiple USB drives without using Windows user profile?

I have several USB drives containing folders of photos. I am using Lightroom 5 on Windows 7. Two things have happened that are the rationale for what I am hoping is a solution to these issues. First, ...
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How did Lightroom automatically find location of files after moving to a different partition?

I moved my photos and Lightroom catalog files to a different partition on my hard drive and then opened Lightroom expecting to have point Lightroom to the new location of the image files and catalog. ...
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How to make Lightroom accept metadata added to photos externally?

I'm working on GeoTagger, a tool for geotagging photos based on the user's GPS position in the time of taking the photo (currently it uses GPS data from https://www.moves-app.com/). The process ...
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Workflow for third party to tag my Lightroom photos

I keep all my photos (terabytes) in Lightroom. A portion of my photos are ready to sell to Getty and they need to have metadata updated based on my notes and someone doing a lot of work. My virtual ...
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What is the recommended workflow for syncing a large Lightroom catalog with Dropbox?

I have a fairly large Lightroom catalog that I want to keep on an external hard drive to preserve space on my Macbook hard drive, as well as keeping originals backed up to Dropbox. Are there any ...
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Lightroom - Focus point / length data?

I am building a visualization using Lightroom data (the catalog file) to extract information of my pictures. My Question: In Lightroom, how do i know what my focus length is (that dial which you turn ...
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Database tool for searching GPS location and Lightroom tags?

Context I'm use to programming and using SQL commands to get data from a database or other structure. Question Is there a tool that allows me to say count (and possibly show) all images (in a ...
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creating xmp files without the original raw files

I have been sent a Lightroom catalog of about 500 images to edit. I have done that. The client just wants me to send back the xmp files to add to his raw files, which makes sense, since it's only data,...
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Lightroom publish only flagged photos in collection-set while maintaining structure

I'm trying to publish only the flagged photos from a collection-set to my local disk in a folder hierarchy that mimics the collection hierarchy you build within Lightroom. I am aware of "Jeffrey’s “...
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What are good options to store, handle, catalog, search images?

I'm in the situation now that i have to bring some order in my folder structure. Up to now I had a single folder for each shoot, made up by the date and a short description for the shoot. For example: ...
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what is the best way to import photos into Lightroom CC in my situation

Background: I've subscribed to Adobe CC Photography Plan, which includes Lightroom and Photoshop. I have a MacBook Pro with 1TB SSD (I replaced the 256GB one), a PC with 6TB hard drive, and a 4TB ...
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Can I get rid of the “Take your Lightroom everywhere” screen?

Since Lightroom 6, whenever I create a new catalog, Lightroom asks me if I want to "synchronise" with a screen saying "Take your Lightroom everywhere". How can I prevent that screen from appearing ...
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Stuck on importing images to collection from Lightroom mobile

I am using Lightroom CC 2015. I have synced my iPhone images using Lightroom mobile. This leads to the images being available: in the collection "iPhone Photos" in the box "From LR Mobile". in the "...
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Can Lightroom on an external HDD sync properly with two computers and Lr Mobile?

I have my lightroom on an external hdd connected via USB 3, and I switch between my desktop and laptop with some regularity. My question though is regarding Lr Mobile. Will it sync normally from both ...
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What can you do with Lightroom catalog files if Adobe stops support for Lightroom?

What can you do with Lightroom catalogs if Adobe shuts down support for Lightroom? Is there any other software compatible with Lightroom catalogs? I don't have Lightroom, this is one of the things ...
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How to recover deleted Lightroom files?

I was using Lightroom last week and was using 'select all' to apply some develop settings to all the image files. I clicked on another file in the timeline so I could delete it but in Lightroom it ...
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Can Lightroom catalogs be created in any other program?

I would like to use a software such as Mosaic to view my photos on my iPad. However, I would prefer not to buy Lightroom, as I (currently) have no use for the RAW editing. So, can Lightroom catalogs ...
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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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Suggestions for workflow for organizing light room library [duplicate]

I'm trying to come up with a workflow to organize my library in a sensible way and I wanted suggestions about it. I'm pretty new to light room so here's what I've come up with: First of I usually ...
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Same Lightroom Catalog changes colour tone on different machines?

I've got a Mac Pro which has historically been my only editing machine. I now have a second editor so I need to be able to edit the pics on a second mac too, a Mac mini. I know you cannot work on ...
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Managing multiple catalogs in Lightroom? Between external hard drive and laptop

Before you mark this as a duplicate hear me out. I didn't get my answer from some of the other questions out there. I only have one laptop however I don't want to keep all my photos on it (limited ...
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Multi user access cataloging system?

I am running a studio of 6 artists and I am looking for a solution to organize images essentially exactly like lightroom does but that can be accessed simultaneously by all of the artists. I know that ...
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How to prevent Lightroom's preview folder from growing large?

I'm currently transferring my Lightroom catalog from my laptop to my new desktop PC. I decided to copy both the catalog file itself and the preview files (folder Lightroom 3 Catalog Previews.lrdata). ...
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How to add EXIF Lens data in Lightroom for unknown lens?

One of my prime lenses is non-electronic and so the photos EXIF data does not include any lens information. These show up in Lightroom 4.3 as "Unknown". I see no way through Lightroom to add this ...
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How can I manage a Lightroom catalogue across 2 systems without networking?

I have just purchased Lightroom 4, and taking advantage of Adobe's enlightened two system licensing policy, I have it installed on a laptop and desktop PC. I take the laptop with me on trips and often ...
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Using different Lightroom catalogues for Import and Export?

Over the years I have built up a disparate collection of both JPEGs, RAWs and RAW+JPEG from various different cameras, which are currently organised on disk by camera model and then date/event etc. I ...
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What would I lose by deleting old Lightroom backup folders?

So I've noticed that the size of my harddisk drive that has the Lightroom backups is decreased dramatically. This is because it contains many Lightroom backups. I've almost 10,000 photos in my catalog....
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Moving Lightroom catalog from PC to Macbook using Google Drive

I recently bought a new macbook pro and I'd like to move my existing Lightroom catalog which is on a PC over onto the Macbook. I have a 100gb Google drive account which I think I should be able to ...
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How can I change where Lightroom stores draft edits?

I installed Lightroom with default settings. Apparently one default is to store Draft Edits onto a C: folder. But my C: drive is a relatively small SSD drive and LR fills it up within a few months. ...
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Is there anything to watch out for when upgrading Lightroom 3 to 4?

If I decided to take the plunge and upgrade from LR3 to LR4, does LR4 manage the migration of my catalogs for me automatically, when opening it for first time? Are there any things that break or that ...
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Best way to Re-Organize my photos in Lightroom

I started using Lightroom years ago on Version 1 or 2, and back then, I told it to import my photos into a folder, and put the photos into a folder for each day (for example 2006-01-07, etc.). It ...
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Lightroom Multi-Catalog Syncing/Management [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to synchronize Adobe Lightroom databases between two computers? I'm looking for an application to manage multiple Lightroom catalogs for me - I typically ...
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Should I add my exported photos to my Lightroom catalog?

After processing my RAW files in Lightroom, I often export JPGs to give to people or to post online. I create these files in a directory structure under an \Export top level directory. I'm trying to ...
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Can Lightroom and Photoshop Elements share catalog info?

I like Photoshop Elements 10 cataloguing abilities to find people and objects in photos. I own Lightroom but managing a 30k plus catalog is hard and would appreciate the consumer friendly version in ...
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How should I migrate photos so I don't lose my Lightroom edits

So I guess this is my debut question. I sure hope someone has had a similar experience. I've been editing photos with LR 2.7 on 2 drives (a local MacBook Pro drive and an external Seagate formatted ...
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Lightroom: What data is stored in a Catalog vs. What can be stored in a XMP sidecar?

I always have the setting Automatically write changes into XMP enabled. Unfortunately as I'm still often improving/experimenting with my workflow, I tend to delete/create catalogs every once in awhile....
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How do you move a Lightroom catalog from one HD to another?

I recently got a new Hard Drive, much larger than my previous one. I'm wanting to move my entire library to the new HD, but I'm not seeing an easy way to do it. Can anyone out there offer me some help ...