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Where are my images?

From: Lightroom 4 Catalogs in Depth

Video: Where are my images?

In order to develop and to build more advanced catalog skills, it's helpful to start off with the basics. And that's what we're going to do here because sometimes it's the basics which help us learn how to work with catalogs more effectively later. Well, here I am going to focus in on how we can locate our images and how we can do that using the Folders panel, as well as how we can do this outside of Lightroom. Well, after having imported our photographs and media files into Lightroom, we can navigate to the Folders panel. In the Folders panel, we can click to expand the various folders and you can see that we have subfolders as well.

Where are my images?

In order to develop and to build more advanced catalog skills, it's helpful to start off with the basics. And that's what we're going to do here because sometimes it's the basics which help us learn how to work with catalogs more effectively later. Well, here I am going to focus in on how we can locate our images and how we can do that using the Folders panel, as well as how we can do this outside of Lightroom. Well, after having imported our photographs and media files into Lightroom, we can navigate to the Folders panel. In the Folders panel, we can click to expand the various folders and you can see that we have subfolders as well.

We can drill down to folders by simply clicking on the folder name, or if we click on one of the upper folders, it will show us everything inside of the subfolders. Well, let's say that we're browsing our images this way and we scroll up to the top and we click on a photograph, this one here. Well, how then could we navigate to the folder for this image rather than guessing and simply clicking through all of our folders? There has to be a better way, right? What you can do is to right-click or Ctrl+Click on top of the image and then select Go to Folder in Library.

This can be a really helpful shortcut because it can take you instantly to that folder, and it can show you the other images inside of that folder. All right! Well, after having navigated to the specific folder, let's say that we want to get out of Lightroom, and we want to see this folder on our hard drive. Well, how can we navigate to that location? Once again, hover over the image and then right-click or Ctrl+Click, and here choose Show in Explorer or Finder depending on your operating system, and what this will do is it will open up a window and show you that image on your hard drive.

All right! Well, why is this important? Well, this is important because later what might happen is you might lose track of your images, or you might not be able to find them. And by knowing how to find them whether inside or outside of Lightroom, well, that can really help you out down the road as your catalog skills improve.

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Lightroom 4 Catalogs in Depth

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 25s
    1. Understanding why digital asset management matters to Lightroom
      2m 35s
    2. Exploring hard drive options: RAID versus JBOD
      3m 59s
    3. Hard drive recommendations
      4m 51s
  3. 30m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      5m 33s
    2. Where are my catalog files?
      2m 6s
    3. Importing images into a catalog
      3m 22s
    4. Where are my images?
      1m 59s
    5. Making folder and image changes
      5m 3s
    6. Keeping your catalog current by synchronizing folders
      4m 36s
    7. Comparing catalogs, collections, and folders
      4m 43s
    8. Upgrading legacy catalogs
      3m 24s
  4. 13m 36s
    1. Exploring catalog backup defaults
      5m 2s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      4m 6s
    3. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 51s
    4. Deleting old catalogs
      2m 37s
  5. 17m 13s
    1. Exporting catalogs
      6m 38s
    2. Understanding how to work with multiple catalogs
      3m 26s
    3. Merging multiple catalogs
      7m 9s
  6. 13m 29s
    1. Consolidating catalogs
      3m 54s
    2. Relinking multiple images
      3m 7s
    3. Solving catalog conflicts with new hard drives
      3m 30s
    4. Dealing with computer crashes and locked catalogs
      1m 15s
    5. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 43s
  7. 42m 36s
    1. Introducing raw and DNG processing
      5m 21s
    2. Understanding how Lightroom saves raw adjustments
      4m 33s
    3. Saving adjustments to raw files
      4m 55s
    4. Saving adjustments to DNG, TIFF, PSD, and JPEG files
      3m 17s
    5. Working with catalogs and virtual copies
      4m 18s
    6. Converting to DNG: the Embed Fast Load Data option and lossless compression
      5m 12s
    7. Archiving a photo as a DNG with lossy compression
      5m 31s
    8. Working with CMYK files in Lightroom
      3m 8s
    9. Making changes to CMYK files
      6m 21s
  8. 1m 32s
    1. Using dpbestflow.org as a resource
      52s
    2. Looking at helpful demo files
      40s
  9. 27s
    1. Adios
      27s

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