Hi Keith Emmerich,
Lightroom is an image processing application, which works on the previews of the images that are created, to back up your images you need to make a second copy as what you have already said or manually make a back up of your images some place else.
Check this link and read it carefully - How to back up catalogs in Lightroom
That only backups the catalog...not the photos.
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Your looking for something that Lightroom is not designed for. You need to organise your catalog better and have your images all in one place in a structure of your choosing including your edits. When your done editing a batch of images you export them back to your images folder then its a easy process of just backing up your images folder.
Your photos don't change when you edit them in Lightroom. So there is no need to make backups of them after you edit them; really the only need is to make backups of a photo file once, and that can be done in any one of a number of ways.
Are you on the deign team for adobe? I have a vast working knowledge of lightroom and maintain a massive library that is highly organizsed with multiple backups.
Lightroom has an option to backup your catalog which like I said is nice but my post is asking for a better options. Not just backup the catalog but all the pictures. When I am about to close I want it to backup the catalog and all of the pictures for me to an external location of my choice.
I want an automated feature.
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You need to submit a feature request to Adobe then. This is not the forum for it. On the front page of this forum, there is a link to submitting feature requests.
I'm kind of guessing (since I don't work for Adobe), but they have more important things to do to improve Lightroom than to duplicate features of your operating system and/or duplicate third party software that can make regular backups.
Thank for for letting me know about submit a feature request.
To be clear I am not asking for any duplication of my OS all I am seeking is for the automatic backup to back up the catalog file and the pictures without me have to do anything extra.
But that is a portion of what your OS can do, and this is what many many third party utilities can do.
the entire history of Lightroom indicates that the Lightroom developers and team do not want to spend time reproducing some OS or third-party backup utility features. Some people have been screaming for a Lightroom with a File Browser (instead of Lightroom as a database) since day 1, and so far we see no signs that Lightroom will ever receive the functionality of a file browser. I consider the request to add backup of photos to be the same category, something I am skeptical that Adobe will ever do.
Using your OS to back up is not a working solution for the most part. Take Apple Time Machine that copies your internal HD. My Lightroom is well over 6TB's and I don't have an internal HD in a laptop that can fit all of that data so Time Machine is not an option.
A SATA Drive Dock Duplicator is cheap and works with zero complaints but you would like to think that an industry leader in imaging technology would provide a real working back up solution within the program.
Hi Keith Emmerich,
In simple words, this is not a feature of Lightroom, Lightroom does not provide you any way of backing up the original images into it's database.
All you can do is fill in the feature request form - Feature Request/Bug Report Form
Know that I know about the submitt feature request I am planing on making a submission for that.
Apple Time Machine that copies your internal HD.
Time Machine can be configured to backup and use your external HDs as well.
you would like to think that an industry leader in imaging technology would provide a real working back up solution within the program.
I think the opposite. Lightroom is easy to back up, with the tools you have in Lightroom and in your operating system, there's no need for the backing up of photos to be in Lightroom itself. And I'd rather have the Lightroom development team spending time on writing code that makes our pictures look better and makes our use of our photos easier.