You don't need to transfer any photos, as installing Lr 5 over 4 will leave all photos in their original place. Lr doesn't move any photos or even hold them in its own repository, just accessing them in the position they are located.
I presume that both your 4 and 5 versions are perpetual copies- it's not possible to mix perpetual and CC versions.
as John states, there's no need to move anything. When you install LR 5 and launch for the first time it will give you the option to upgrade your old LR4 catalog. This will create a new LR5 compatible catalog that has references all the photos and all the changes you made to them within it.
Not sure what John means by it not being possible to mix perpetual and CC versions. It's true that you can't have both LR5 perpetual and CC on the same system but the catalogs are interchangeable.
You're right, I didn't make myself clear - the reference was that the OP couldn't install Lr 5 CC over a previous perpetual version.
Need to transfer my photos from LR 4 to LR5 if possible. Everything I have read sounds super tricky.
I don't know what you have been reading, but this couldn't be simpler.
The first time you launch LR5, it will detect your LR4 catalog and ask you if you want to upgrade it to LR5. You click on "Yes" or "Ok" or whatever the actual word is. Done!
that sounds simple, but that did not happen for me when I downloaded LR 5 to machine with LR 4. is there another step I need to do? LR 4 says my version is up to date.
Then in Lightroom 5, use File->Open Catalog and open your LR4 catalog, and it will convert the LR4 catalog to LR5 for you.
thanks so much!
That does sound easy, but what I have read kind of throws me off when it mentioned catalogs, how many catalogs should I have? Is a catalog all of my photos? Or is a catalog just where I have exported a group of photos I've done? Also, the main question. . How will lr5 know where to pull the photos from? As stated before. . The lr4 that I have now, wasn't paid for. Lr5 obviously is. . Among I'm super excited about it, just nervous I will lose some thing somewhere.
Thanks for all of your help!
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You can have as many catalogues as you want, but many of us manage perfectly well with just one and keywords.
A catalogue can be all of your photos (if you choose to use just one catalogue); or each one can contain a single shoot's worth of pictures, or anything inbetween - you have infinite flexibility as far as catalogues is concerned, the only absolute being that you have to have one.
Note that your images aren't in the catalogue - it just contains just a reference to them; their physical location; and (depending on how you're using Lightroom) the adjustments you've made to the files. It's a database, not a repository.
Also, the main question. . How will lr5 know where to pull the photos from? As stated before. . The lr4 that I have now, wasn't paid for. Lr5 obviously is. . Among I'm super excited about it, just nervous I will lose some thing somewhere.
When you upgrade your LR4 catalog to LR5, as explained in the previous messages, Lightroom 5 knows where the photos are because your LR4 catalog knows where they are.
The only thing you need to know is where your LR4 catalog is.
To find this, if you don't know, open Lightroom 4.
If you haven't created one more than one catalog it should open the catalog with all of your photos (or all those you have imported).
To find the location of this catalog go to Edit/Catalog Settings. Within the "General" Tab you will see the location of this catalog. Either write this down or remember it.
Now close LR4 and open LR5. Go to File/Open Catalog and navigate to the location of your LR4 catalog as you found above. Hit return and LR will upgrade the LR4 catalog to a new LR5 catalog.