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01 Apr

Can I combine Lightroom catalogs into a single catalog?

Yes. It's Easy.

It’s very easy to merge Lightroom catalogs. This comes in handy if you have created a catalog on a laptop while traveling,  or have multiple catalogs that should be combined into one.

While in Lightroom go to File>Import From Another Catalog... This imports all of the information from the chosen catalog including, edits, collections and smart collections. 

How to merge Lightroom catalogs

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27 Mar

How do I save my develop edits in Lightroom?

The catalog automatically saves a complete history of edits.

All edits are stored within the Lightroom Catalog. They are completely reversable at anytime. There is no need to “save” your work unless you want access to the edits outside of Lightroom.

You can write external XMP edits for individual files while in the Develop Module. Go to Photo>Save Metadata to File, -S (Mac) or Ctrl-S (PC). This writes a sidecar XMP file to the hard drive for raw images. For JPEG, TIFF, PNG and PSD files, metadata by defualt is embedded in the file.

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24 Mar

How do I get photos from my camera into Lightroom?

First, get your photos onto your computer.

Image files must be on a hard drive before Lightroom can import them.See “Where Should I Put My Photos?”.

Lightroom can copy images to a drive, and import them at the same time, but I don’t recommend this method for beginners.

Use the “Import Add” method instead. This is the best and safest way to import photos. It puts you in control of file management.

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12 Mar

How do I know what Catalog I have open?

If you have multiple catalogs, you could accidentally open the wrong one.

Which Lightroom catalog file is open.

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10 Mar

Lightroom does not save my imported images. Why?

You opened a new or different catalog.

The Lightroom catalog you want to work with is probably on an external hard drive. The computer you are using doesn’t automatically know about the catalog on the external drive. Double clicking the Lightroom application icon launches a brand new, empty catalog.  

Stop everything! Don’t re import your images. Go find the correct catalog.

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09 Mar

Can I move my Lightroom photos to a new hard drive.

Yes, and it's easy.

Quit out of Lightroom.

Browse the computer to find the folder that contains your photo library. To move the entire photo library, choose the highest level folder that contains all of your photos.

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Copy this folder to a new internal or external drive. Do not move your photos to a USB thumb drive, or compact flash card.

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07 Mar

Can I fix the missing photo links?

Yes, if you know where the missing folders or photos are located on your computer.

How to find missing files in Lightroom

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07 Mar

Lightroom lost my photos. Why?

You moved or renamed them.

Lightroom did not loose your photos, it just lost track of them. You either moved them, renamed them, or renamed the folder they live in. 

Lightroom Missing Photos

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02 Mar

How should I organize my photos?

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Good File Managment

It’s a good idea to organize your photo library BEFORE you start building your Lightroom catalog. It is important that you know how to find any image on your computer without Lightroom, (or Picasa, or iPhoto, or Microsoft Picture Manager, etc.) 

Lightroom is a powerful database than can help you organize and find things at lightening speed, but it is only an application. If you've been around computers for even a short time, you know that bad things happen. Sometimes applications don't open when you need them most. 

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19 Feb

Where should I put my photos?

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Because Lightroom doesn't hold them.

Your photos can be on any mountable drive with read & write permissions. They can't be on a thumb or jump drive, or a memory card.

Photos can be spread across multiple drives, including external drives, and drives that are offline. Once you import images from a hard drive, Lightroom remembers the drive even if it isn’t connected.

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