I'm relatively new at LR and still finding my feet when it comes to terms with workflow etc. What I can't work out is if I import a set of RAW files (I don't create a new catalog each time as I haven't researched into how this works), then export to JPG: the RAW files have been moved from their original folder to a new one.
e.g. Original path for RAW files I import is C:Windows/Pics/SmithFamilyRAW
I export the edited jpgs to C:Windows/Pics/SmithWeddingFinal
But my RAW files move from C:Windows/Pics/SmithWeddingRAW to C:Windows/Pics/2016/dd-mm-yy (date picture was taken)
This is proving a nightmare to manage and retrieve the RAW files. Especially if the pictures were taken across multiple days/weeks!
Any ideas and help for a LR rookie before I throw my laptop against a wall?
Thanks in Advance,
In my opinion, a more likely explanation is that you (accidentally?) imported the photos using the COPY option or MOVE option, this is why you are finding photos in a folder you didn't expect.
Export never moves or copies the originals.
You see thats what I was after, I have been using LR for all of 1 week and went in blind, I didn't know there was a 'move' option at the top of the import page.
Another possibility is that in the right side panel of the Import page, 'File Handling' section, you have checked the 'Make a Second Copy To: ...' option. This function not only produces second (uncataloged) copies of your Raw files during the import process, but also creates a dated subfolder in which it places the copies.