Hello everyone, I've been photographing for 7 months and have 4000 photos. However, I'm new to Lightroom. I've been using the Photos app on my Mac, and I've been shooting jpeg for the first part of the 7 months. When I imported a jpeg into Photos from my camera card, I saved it to Original Camera Roll and duplicated it. I then hid the original from the Moments, Collections, Years view. This meant I was always working with a duplicate of the original photo. I've now imported my Original Camera Roll to Lightroom, and plan on using Collections to organise my library (although not 100% sure on this yet). But what do I do with all the duplicated versions of my camera roll, of which 400 or so have been edited? Do I import them to Lightroom, or just the edited ones? Where do I store them in my workflow?
This is a problem with no definitive answer when migrating from other software.
You can do any one of the following, it's up to you:
There are obviously advantages and disadvantages to each method.
plan on using Collections to organise my library (although not 100% sure on this yet)
Use keywords, not collections, as your primary organizing tool. Keywords can stay with the photo (if you so choose) when you send the photo somewhere (e-mail, web) whereas collection information does not exist outside of Lightroom.
I have imported all the originals, and am now importing the edited duplicates as well. The only problem is that the first month or two of edited photos were edited in a different Photos library, so they don't appear as 'edited'. Therefore, I have to import all the photos from these first few months and hope Lightroom will know not to import the ones that have not been edited. Thanks for your help!