Hello to a beautiful day,
Still trying to figure out all of light room....
one think I can't seem to google resolve
When I upload my photos from light room, it always creates a duplicate of the files, in the image folder. Is this supposed to happen? I've been keeping both files. Is it suppose to duplicate the image originals and then remain unedited visually. As if two groups of originals are in the folder? Thanks !!!
What do you mean with "upload"?
The original is always left untouched - this is part of the principle of LR - nondestructive editing.
Upon export, you can select where the exported images should go to - usually not in the same folder as the originals: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Help | Export photos from Lightroom
If you don't like - I definitely do not - to have the edited version in your catalog, you may also want to make sure "Add to this Catalog" is not checked.