3 Replies Latest reply on Feb 18, 2018 11:41 AM by susanc3617258

    Importing photos into LR from HD


      Have been using Lr for about a year.  Most imports were done from a camera card where you can select a destination.  Now importing bulk of my previous photos from HD.  If I use "copy", I end up with photos in 2 places, but I can pick my destination and reorganize my photos at the same time.  If I pick "add", I can import entire folder.  Then I can move photos into other folders, rename folder and/or place in my year structure.  Which is better option?

        • 1. Re: Importing photos into LR from HD
          Axel Matt Adobe Community Professional

          From my point of view is "Add" the better option. So you have only one copy of the picture files. It is easier to handle.



          • 2. Re: Importing photos into LR from HD
            Victoria Bampton LR Queen Adobe Community Professional & MVP

            The better option is the one that works best in your workflow.  Do you want to automatically reorganize (the Move option would do the same as Copy, but without creating a duplicate) or do you want to retain your existing organization and rearrange them yourself? Whatever you do, just make sure you have backups!

            • 3. Re: Importing photos into LR from HD
              susanc3617258 Level 1

              The problem is my original photos went into picassa, I named the photos and a folder was created.  Picassa copied all.  Some folders have multiple events or subjects in them (ie.Stacey's birthday, July 4th party and fireworks, sunsets and flowers) .  So ideally i want to separate those out for now, using a parent folder for the year, everything else for that year underneath.  I did read a thread about "adding" that is making me stop in my tracks to think about this.  When I import from my card, it is pretty straight forward,folder on HD identical to folder in LR catalog.  (Yes I know they are one in the same )