5 Replies Latest reply on Nov 27, 2016 10:44 AM by cmgap

    New Lightroom user CC

    phillym Level 1

      hello

       

      i am new to lightroom. When I create a collection and add photos from my camera roll to that collection can I then delete the photos from camera roll. When I try I get a message the photos will be deleted in the camera roll and any collection associated with it.

       

      Thank you

        • 1. Re: New Lightroom user CC
          John Waller Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          I assume your camera is an iPhone and that message is from your iPhone?

          • 2. Re: New Lightroom user CC
            Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

            Is this with Mobile Lightroom or the desktop, real, version of Lightroom.

             

            I don't use the mobile version but with the desktop, real, version of LR it is just a Database program and no images are ever Inside LR. So If I delete images that I have imported into LR then they show as missing in LR.

            LR only references the images from where they are stored on your drives into the LR Catalog file, the LR Database file.

            • 3. Re: New Lightroom user CC
              phillym Level 1

              I have both the desktop and mobil versions. I have approximately 1900 photos in camera roll and want to sort them into collection. If I do this can I then delete the camera roll while keeping the collections I made.

               

              Ty

              • 4. Re: New Lightroom user CC
                Just Shoot Me Adobe Community Professional

                You have to specify if you are copying those images from the iPhone Camera Roll to your desktop/notebook computer or not.

                 

                No images get Transferred into LR. It is a Database program that references the images into the LR Catalog file.

                 

                So no the simple answer is you Can't, you Can Not, Delete those images. Even if you copy them to your computers hard drive before you import them into LR they have to stay on the computer hard drive.

                 

                Please review some of these tutorials to see what LR is, How LR works and how to work with LR.

                 

                New to Lightroom? Watch My “Introduction to Lightroom” Video | Laura Shoe's Lightroom Training, Tutorials and Tips

                 

                 

                Lightroom CC tutorials

                 

                And Google "Getting started with Lightroom".

                • 5. Re: New Lightroom user CC
                  cmgap Adobe Community Professional

                  If I do this can I then delete the camera roll while keeping the collections I made.

                   

                  No...

                   

                  Your Lightroom catalog will not replace your camera roll.

                  A Collection is made from Virtual copies - not duplicate files of your original photos.

                  If you delete a photo from the collection it will not be deleted from it's original Lr catalog folder.

                  If you delete a photo from the folder in the catalog it will not be deleted from your camera roll.

                  If you delete your camera roll, Lr will not be able to find the image and if you haven't made smart previews you will be in effect deleting your original images - if you are referring to images taken with your phones camera.

                   

                  When you import your images from your camera roll, Lr is storing the information associated with those images; where the files are physically stored, the time you took them, the type of phone etc.