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Feb 17, 2013 8:20 PM

Tags: #file #problem #catalog #lr4 #lightroom4

I would like to check and eliminate duplicate photos in my lightroom storage file. However when I click on the file, I don't see separate pictures, it at best reopens Lightroom to show all pictures. Before lightroom the photos all separately could be clicked on and opened up and I could use a program to identify any duplicates, now in the Lightroom file system it seems like I can't click on them separately and bring only the one up. I liked the capability to open explorer and find one photo is I wished. Is there a way in Lightroom photo storage file to show all photos without opening up Lightroom?

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    Feb 18, 2013 3:32 AM   in reply to anynameisfinewithme



    sorry, but I cant understand your problem.

    LR is not a file system browser. LR only displays imported images. There might be multiple files on the hdd for one image (e.g. CR2, jpg, xmp). What are your dublicates? You see jpg as a duplicat of the RAW?

    You can always select one image, open the context menu and select "open in explorer / finder" to see the file in the filesystem.

    If more file in your directory on the hdd than in LR, you can right click on the folder in LR and select "synchronize" to import all files into LR.

    If you just want to preserve all images in a folder known to LR, select all and move these image to a new folder. Then open the old folder in explorer and  only files not inside LR are left over.

    If you want to see the RAW and JPEG files as different files, there is an option in preferences.

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    Feb 18, 2013 4:37 AM   in reply to anynameisfinewithme

    now in the Lightroom file system it seems like I can't click on them separately and bring only the one up.

    I don't understand this either, in Lightoom you should be able to click on any photo shown and perform actions on it


    Is there a way in Lightroom photo storage file to show all photos without opening up Lightroom?

    There is no photo storage in Lightroom. Lightroom does not store your photos. The photos remain on your hard disk somewhere, and you can always find them using your operating system if you want.


    But one of the points of using Lightroom, if you will, is that it REPLACES your operating system as the way you interact with your photos. Once you import the photos into Lightroom, you SHOULD interact with them inside of Lightroom.


    This would be a good time for you to view some introductory video tutorials on Lightroom. There many at, this is a good one to start with: om-4/lightroom-4-importing-and-organizing-your-images/

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    Feb 19, 2013 4:09 AM   in reply to anynameisfinewithme

    How can you direct the "real" picture to a certain file?

    You seem to be using "file" and "folder" interchangeably. I presume you mean you want the picture to go to a certain folder.


    In that case, you can drag the photo and drop it on top of the desired folder in the Folder Panel, all of thi is done inside of Lightroom. Alternatively, on import you can specify (on the right) the directory where the folder goes.


    Also, now I have photos in many different folders in my C drive and would really like to get them into one main folder so I can also save a duplicate file on my external hard drive. How can I do that and not have themy come up "missing" when I open Lightroom? I have over 20,000 photos from many years of travel.

    The above procedure also works with folders, you drag and drop within Lightroom. I would recommend a different approach, however, I would get a dedicated third pary backup program that can back up your entire hard disk (or specified portions of it); this is much less work than moving folders from here to there, and also can automatically make backups at a regular interval.

    I always thought that if I had my main Lightroom file on my C drive and a backup on external hard drive, I was pretty safe, but what I hear you saying is that say all my photos were just on my C drive and it became corrupted, the lightroom backup would not be worth anything because it goes elsewhere (in this case only the C drive) to get the photos. Make any sense?



    If something happens to your C: drive, then you simply move the backup photos from wherever they are to their original locations on your C: drive, and you are ready to go. Again, a dedicated backup program will make this very simple and automatic for you, so you don't even have to know what the original locations were.


    But if you're going to do this manually, be sure to make a backup of all of your photos, your catalog file, and any presets you might have.

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