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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.

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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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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