Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Inventory and backup, part of Cleaning Up Your Mess in Lightroom Classic CC.
- [Voiceover] To be sure, cleaning up a Lightroom catalog…that has become a bit of a mess…can require a fair amount of time…and a little bit of effort,…but that task will be much easier…if you have a better understanding up front…of what exactly you are dealing with.…In other words, where are all of your photos,…do you have a backup of all of those photos,…and where are your catalogs,…assuming you've created multiple catalogs in Lightroom.…Taking a little bit of time up front…to make sure you have a good inventory of your situation…will be very helpful.…
So, make a list of which Lightroom catalogs you have…and where they are stored.…And make a list of which storage locations…contain your photographic images.…For example, I have my photos on a Photos hard drive,…I have a backup copy on a Backup hard drive,…and that is a critical first step:…I want to make sure that I have a good backup…of all of my photos…before I start working on cleaning things up in Lightroom.…That way if I make a mistake in that process,…I have something to fall back on.…
- Defining your real workflow
- Taking inventory
- Backing up all your catalogs
- Locating missing photos and folders
- Consolidating catalogs
- Renaming photos and folders
- Correcting metadata, including keywords and timestamps
- Migrating to a new hard drive
- Being consistent going forward
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Concepts and Preparation
2. Cleaning Up
3. Correcting Metadata
4. Wrapping Up
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