9 Replies Latest reply on Nov 4, 2014 3:28 AM by dj_paige

    Importing/Merging Catalogs

    Ezza80

      Hey guys, currently have a work flow issue with working with a single catalog with 2 computers (one desktop and one laptop).

       

      My situation is this:

       

      My desktop contains all my master photos with a single catalog.  However, due to work commitments there are at times where I need to be away from home for a couple of weeks.  So therefore, I export a particular folder (for e.g. London Trip) as a catalog and import it into my laptop so that I can still carry on working on my photos whilst I'm away.

       

      My problem is this:

      Upon returning home, the "London Trip" photos I worked on within my laptop during my time away from, I try to reimport the catalog back to my desktop (main computer), but somehow Lightroom on my desktop cannot detect the edits I made on laptop and therefore cannot merge those changes back into the catalog on my desktop.

       

      Do you guys know a way to work around this?

       

      Many Thanks!

        • 1. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
          dj_paige Level 9

          I try to reimport the catalog back to my desktop (main computer), but somehow Lightroom on my desktop cannot detect the edits I made on laptop and therefore cannot merge those changes back into the catalog on my desktop.

          Why not? What commands do you use to do this? What happens? Is there any error message? If so, please quote the error message word-for-word.

          • 2. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
            Ezza80 Level 1

            Hey dj_paige.

             

            I go the "import from another catalog" function.  However, my problem is, the changes I made on my laptop don't overwrite the changes on my desktop, instead, it creates another folder in Lightroom.

             

            The original edits I did in my desktop stayed the same and did not incorporate the edits I did on my laptop, there is just a second copy of it now.

            • 3. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
              dj_paige Level 9

              There are a number of options described under number 5 in the Lightroom help section here: Lightroom Help | Import photos from other catalogs


              Specifically regarding the options shown under number 5 in this help, what do you have selected?

              • 4. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
                Ezza80 Level 1

                Thats where my problem, its greyed out and therefore I can't choose any of the options under number 5 of the help section

                 

                I believe this is because the new catalog (the one from my laptop) which is being imported is referring to another hard drive.

                 

                This is the part where I'm confused, because Lightroom believes there were "no changes in existing photos", and therefore doesn't allow me to select any options under number 5.  But the reality is, I did make changes to the photos, just on another hard drive (my laptop), but wanted to integrate those changes back into the catalog in my desktop

                • 5. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
                  dj_paige Level 9

                  Did you change the names of the photos? Did you do anything to these photos other than edit them on the laptop? Are these the EXACT SAME photos as the ones on your desktop hard drive? Are these exported from your desktop Lightroom?

                  • 6. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
                    Ezza80 Level 1

                    Did you change the names of the photos? - No


                    Did you do anything to these photos other than edit them on the laptop? - No


                    Are these the EXACT SAME photos as the ones on your desktop hard drive?  - No, I copied one set to the desktop and one set to the laptop


                    Are these exported from your desktop Lightroom? - No, but I think I am getting where you are coming from.  My guess is that even though filenames of the photos are the same, Lightroom does not find any relationship in the photos because I copied the photos seperately to each computer respectively from the camera?

                    • 7. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
                      dj_paige Level 9

                      Did you import the photos into both computers?

                      • 8. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
                        Ezza80 Level 1

                        Yes I did, but imported seperately, if you know what I mean.

                         

                        1. Put SD card from camera and imported into desktop computer via Lightroom.

                        2. Ejected SD card from desktop.

                        3. Put the same SD card into the laptop and imported photos via Lightroom.

                         

                        When I did the edits on my laptop, I exported those photos using the "export as catalog" function.  When I tried to import this catalog to my desktop lightroom, it doesn't seem to be able to recognise I already have these same pictures and therefore, the edits are in a completely seperate folder.  The original photos in my desktop catalog remain unchanged.

                        • 9. Re: Importing/Merging Catalogs
                          dj_paige Level 9

                          I think you are stuck with the situation you find yourself in, but honestly, I have never tried this the way you did it, so I cannot offer any further advice. Maybe someone else can jump in with advice