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Personally I would say no , do not import back into Lightroom. As you say - you have the originals. And Lightroom does show you by default the 'latest version', so effectively, what you have exported. Just with the option to go back, edit, change, etc.. What I do is have a Lightroom Exports folder with my exported JPG files. I do not clear this out ...


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I think you'll be fine. Look at the case of Aperture, discontinued by Apple. Adobe offers an Aperture import plug-in. Lightroom's catalog is an SQLite database and much of the data stored within it is in XML format so the data is very accessible to programmers if the need arises. In the unlikely event that Adobe and Lightroom ceased to exist, it would easy ...


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i have to bring some order in my folder structure No, you don't. You are trying to solve the very problem that cataloging software like Lightroom addresses. Existing Metadata As technology evolves, folder structure will have less emphasis, but even today I would argue it is a waste of your time. The existing gold mine is image metadata, in the form of ...


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If Adobe stops support for Lightroom, you use your catalogs just as you did before. You don't need Adobe's support to use the software, especially if you have a perpetual license. But even if not, the "read only" features will still work after Adobe revokes your CC license. Other than that, there is no migration path to other software currently available. ...


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There is a bug in Lightroom 4 that can cause you to lose your point tone curve settings in existing images, as detailed here. This is a serious bug, if you use point curves. There are other relatively minor issues detailed at that link as well. The behavior of Pick/Reject flags changes in Lightroom 4. Now when you flag an image, the flag is global, instead ...


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Well, if you have good scripting skills, EXIFTool can be made to do this across folders. However, there is a donation-ware plug-in for Lightroom called LensTagger that may do the trick for you.


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I am sure there is no official documentation - Adobe does not really want us poking around in there. Having said that there are a few blog posts with information around the contents of the catalogue and even a few that deal with that table. Here are a few links... This does not specifically address your question but may shed light on how it is joined to ...


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I recently moved my Lightroom catalog from my PC to my new MacBook Pro, so I think I can answer that one. My catalog file is about 1GB big, spanning 111GB of RAW files + 10GB of JPEG files. The really good news (at least to me) is that you can actually use your catalog as is on both machines. What I mean by that is: your catalog file is binary compatible ...


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You can reorganize folders quite easily within Lightroom -- just drag and drop. The trick is simply to do all of the work in Lightroom so that it understands where you're moving photos to and can keep the database updated. (That is, do not go to Finder or Explorer and start dragging folders around.) In the Folders panel in the Library module, I'd go about ...


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Lightroom 5 has completely changed how you actually work in this disconnected mode, so I will explain how to do this in LR5, then how to do it in LR4 and earlier, for those that do not have LR5 and later. Lightroom 5 Lightroom 5 has added a function called 'Smart Preview' that transforms the needed workflow in earlier versions of the software. Due to this, ...


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My personal preference is to keep the most recent backup, the one from the first backup of the current month, and one from the first backup of the current year. So at all times I have 3 backups. Disk space is cheap, and having three backups of my 1GB library isn't a big deal to me. Everything else I trash. You could just keep the most recent backup, but I ...


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Daminion is one option. It costs 1506 € ( http://www.daminion.net/order ) for 6 users. I have not used it.


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I agree with AJ's answer, but wanted to throw one more important thing out: you will find flaws in your system and eventually modify it. That's not to say there's something wrong with your plan -- just that as your familiarity with Lightroom grows and as you see ways to better expedite and as your photography changes, you're going to recognize improvements ...


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Lightroom's catalogs are SQlite databases, so it should be possible to create them in other programs.


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Lightroom is a very successful product. I suggest you not worry too much about this possibility until it happens. It's fairly safe to assume if Adobe does decide to abandon Lightroom, someone will take up the opportunity to create an importer that will suck up your Lightroom data into their product, the way Adobe did with Apple Aperture recently. To be ...


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On Mac OS X you can use Exif Editor (http://www.exifeditorapp.com/) from Martin Novak to edit lens data. It's just an interface to exiftool, but it's well designed and lets you define some templates and work on batches fo shots, so you can change or add exif metadata in bulk. I use it often to add lens metadata to shots taken with manual ("vintage") ...


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Sean! This is a great question, because Lightroom will do exactly what you want already(I think)! I would take a look at the "Publish Services" option in Lightroom. The entire point of Publish Services is to let you export in a much smarter way, with the ability to keep track of the images and even manage them when they are located outside of Lightroom. The ...


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Copy the files yourself to where you would like them but without Lightroom started. Disconnect the DVD or eject the disk, so that Lightroom cannot find them. Open the Lightroom catalog when you imported them. Go to root the DVD which should have a warning. Click on the warning and select "Locate Missing Files'. Lightroom should have found most images by now. ...


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I wouldn't import that back into the catalog as you then have multiple versions of the same file with possibly different names and file extensions. This is going to be incredibly messy and not fun to organize. I export what i want to share or upload to FB/Flickr etc and then delete. One thing I do is export all images over the network to my wife's desktop ...


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I have serious doubts about the reliability of the Google drive to sync a 100GB file over the internet. Personally, I use an Egnyte service for similar type of file sharing/syncing but it also offers a secure FTP via a client which is the way to go for large files. 100GB? Well, I doubt a day or two will be sufficient but it's possible but I am almost ...


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AFAIK LR keeps every preview you have. You can only optionaly delete 1:1 previews because of their huge size. But it will keep the little ones. Previews are kept because when you disconnect HDD with images you still must able to view images in grid view. This is Adobe's idea...


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That is possible with Lightroom 5. You could use something like the following Workflow: First of all: Create a Lightroom Catalog Template, with the following layout: /Yourfolder/LrTemplate/LrTemplate.lrcat /Yourfolder/LrTemplate/Pictures/ Be sure to have the "lrcat"-File and your actual Pictures in the same folder. Now make a backup copy of that Catalog. ...


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Hopefully one or more of these ideas help: 1) Have you checked out smart previews? This is a new feature for Lightroom 5. It is designed for when you want to be "on the go". You make smart previews of the image, and then you can archive the images to save room, but still have access to those images to make edits, and show the images to clients. You can then ...


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For suggestions on your particular workflow, categories seem to be wasting some of the things at your disposal. You can see if developments have been applied to an image by an icon that lightroom adds itself, so your use of pick isn't needed. Red/Yellow - both of these are really doing the same thing as stars. It is expressing how much value the photos ...


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The description information in the LR's catalog (like keywords, rating, title, etc.) can be easily written into your images as XMP metadata. And any decent DAM solution that supports XMP/MWG can easily import it. Information about your non-destructive RAW adjustments also can be written into the XMP but this is unuseful for other programs because these are ...


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One possible solution is to export the images to be tagged as a new catalog, send the catalog and images to your VA (or share via some cloud option), have the VA tag them, and then re-import them into your main catalog. It has limitations, but technically it should work. You would need to remove the images from your catalog before re-importing them to ...


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If you change the LR settings to save your edits into sidecar files (which is a good idea anyway), they will not get lost. You remove the file from LR catalog, then add it back; LR will read the new metadata, and apply the edits from the sidecar file. Note though that some metadata affects the edit results - like lens used -> corrections applied; etc.


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Hence what is the best way to organise catalogs and the relative photos in order to easily being able to work on them when needed? For the Lightroom catalog, set a backup to a Network Storage location every time you close the program. Setup a backup of the images happens during the import of images to the same backup location which the catalog backup is ...


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one method could be - Create a new catalog pointing to all your photos, if you have one main parent folder, just import it. This will be the catalog of all your photos. You can then copy the catalog and any associated files + your parent folder (with all the pictures) and move it into an external hard drive. Next time you open LR you can redirect to which ...


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For a few photos, it's certainly viable to do this manually in LR, but if you have to organize some hundred picture, it's easier and faster to let the computer do what it's best for, ie. automate menial tasks: You can move the photos outside of LR eg. with exiftool and a command line like exiftool -d %Y-%m-%d "-directory<datetimeoriginal" *.arw into ...


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