Exporting and Importing a Classic Catalog
Mar28

Exporting and Importing a Classic Catalog

There have been many times over the years where I’ve needed to export a subset of my main catalog for a specific reason, such as to travel or to share a selection of work, and then later needed to import any changes (and new photos) from that catalog back into my main catalog. Exporting a Catalog Let’s walk through the steps for how this can be done. Step One: There are a couple of ways to export a catalog, but my favorite way...

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Writing XMP Files in Lightroom (why you shouldn’t and when you should)
Mar16

Writing XMP Files in Lightroom (why you shouldn’t and when you should)

This is a follow-up for reason #7 from my post on Monday called “If your Lightroom is running slow, it’s probably one of these seven reasons” (here’s the link in case you missed the other 6). #7 was about turning off having Lightroom automatically write .xmp files each time you make an adjustment in Lightroom and I mentioned that most Lightroom users should probably turn this auto writing of xmp files off. So,...

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Making Use of the Copy Name Field with Virtual Copies
Mar14

Making Use of the Copy Name Field with Virtual Copies

I received a question from someone wanting to know how to rename their virtual copies the other day, and thought it would make for a useful post to share with you all. The short answer is that you can’t rename your virtual copies because a virtual copy only exists in the catalog as an additional set of processing instructions. Since there is only the one source photo on your drive, there are no copies to rename. Let’s dive...

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Do You Keep Exported Copies?
Feb28

Do You Keep Exported Copies?

This question came up recently and it got me wondering how many people keep copies of their exported photos from Lightroom, and why? This is not something I do, and I don’t recommend it unless you have a good reason. The context for this question was that this individual had a need to keep a “baked” copy of how the file was delivered for some period of time after delivery. Yes, I know it is easy to re-export a new...

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Extending the Power of Lr Classic Export
Dec27

Extending the Power of Lr Classic Export

Output is such a huge part of Lightroom Classic that it has four separate modules—Book, Slideshow, Print, and Web—entirely devoted to getting photos out in one form or another, then there are a number of publish service options, and finally there is the tried and true Export dialog. The Export dialog is the real unsung hero of Lightroom, and it is probably one of the functions you use the most. As powerful as the Export dialog is, you...

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A JPG for Every Occasion
Nov15

A JPG for Every Occasion

The ubiquitous and often underrated JPG (or JPEG as it is sometimes written) is an incredibly versatile file format in your Lightroom output arsenal. Knowing all the ways that Lightroom can create JPG versions of your photos is useful for keeping your workflow efficient and flexible. JPGs, as a file format, often gets a bad rap when compared to raw photos, and even when put up against file formats like TIF and PSD. I once overheard a...

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