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.

Move a photo library 1

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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24 Dec

Merry Christmas

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2014

Christmas Tree Card Illustration

May the Radiant Reflective Glow of Christmas Brighten Your Spirit, and Make Bright Your Path in the Coming Year

This year marks a milestone. For the last decade (11 cards total) I have created a custom Christmas card which gets printed, signed, stamped and mailed to clients, family, and friends. The expectation brings additional stress at an already stressful time of year. Coming up with an idea has always been the toughest part. Execution of the idea is easy and fun.

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01 Dec

Where did my photo files go after I imported them into Lightroom?

I can't find my photos.

Your photos are where you put them before importing into Lightroom with the "add" method, or where Lightroom put them using the import "copy" method.

If you don't know where you put your photos, or they aren't where you think they should be, check the Pictures folder on your computer.

By default on import, Lightroom copies photos from your camera or memory card and puts them in folders by date in your Pictures folder.

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21 Nov

Why do I need Lightroom when I have Bridge?

Doesn't Bridge do the same things?

No it doesn't.

Bridge doesn’t have a brain.

Bridge is a great pair of eyes wearing night vision goggles. Bridge sees things that the Explorer or Finder can’t.

Adobe Bridge equals night vision goggles

Bridge can preview your raw photos, and read all of the image metadata.

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20 Nov

Can I rename my Catalog?

Yes

Yes you can rename your catalog, but it requires renaming several items.

Quit out of Lightroom

Rename the catalog folder, and everything inside of the folder that shares the same name.

If you see extensions in the file name, (anything after a period) make sure to leave them in tact.

rename lightroom catalog

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