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TL;DR: Unless you're shooting 25k+ shots per year, skip all this nonsense and just use one monolithic catalog. There used to be a performance benefit to fragmenting catalogs like this, but the advantages are small in modern LR. Otherwise, see below. In your proposed methodology, you've correctly deduced that you will lose quality due to applying multiple ...


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Lightroom does indeed modify the image metadata directly in the file, which does change the dates, as you note. There is no setting to cause this to not happen for jpegs, only native raw files, as you've already noted. Lightroom does not change the pixel data for the image until you export a new version however. Each image has a "signature" for the ...


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