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    Is there a way to use alternate XMP files

    To make Cletus’s tip work best, take advantage of metadata and filters so that you can easily switch between sets of virtual copies that use different crops. Like if there are 2000 time lapse frames and you select them all and create 2000 virtual copies, tag those 2000 new VCs with metadata...
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    suggested RAM for heavy Lightroom and or Photoshop use

    I’ve used Macs with 16GB RAM and 32GB RAM with Lightroom Classic and Photoshop. 16GB seems to cover most but not all situations, and at 32GB there was often plenty of unused RAM (Memory Pressure always green). From those observations I think 24 to 32GB RAM is the optimal range. The more of the...
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    Should I convert Nikon raw NEFs to DNG on import? And should I convert existing NEFs to DNGs?

    Although let’s keep in mind that the question is not really about dropping support for "NEF" or "CRW" or… because those are not a single blanket format. NEF is the filename extension given to a very long list of individual and different camera (and even old Nikon scanning software) formats. What...
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    Should I convert Nikon raw NEFs to DNG on import? And should I convert existing NEFs to DNGs?

    DNG could simplify things greatly if cameras saved directly to it, as some do but not most. Although we have the option of converting proprietary raw files to DNG, most of the time the benefits don’t outweigh the drawbacks plus the time and trouble involved to convert thousands of images. As...
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    Recommended ram for running Lightroom mobile

    Good find! The interesting thing there is that the system requirements for RAM are listed only under Android…not for iOS. The only iOS system requirement is iOS 13 or later. That can be interpreted to mean that Apple/Adobe don’t think we need to know the exact amount, simply because if a device...
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    Recommended ram for running Lightroom mobile

    They do have each application’s system requirements on separate pages, and the RAM requirements are the same: 8GB minimum, 16GB recommended. Lightroom Classic system requirements: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/system-requirements.html Lightroom requirements...
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    Selection Criteria on Import

    That is precisely how I import almost every time: By date. If I don't choose to format the card immediately after an import (as a sort of short-term backup), the next time I import I will often say “I just want to import the pictures I shot over two days this weekend, not the ones I shot before...
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    iPad Pro 12.9

    Sort of, but not totally. Those keys can be part of shorcuts, or they can be modifiers (such as Option-drag). I don’t think Lightroom on iOS uses keys to modify actions; for some things it has other more touch-friendly ways. For example, if you are used to holding Shift or Command to select...
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    Managing Apple Photos + Lightroom Mobile

    Moving the Lightroom app to the Home screen is not always fast enough when the phone is locked and you need to take a photo immediately before the scene changes. That’s the beauty of the Lightroom lock screen widget that Johan showed. If your phone is locked, all you have to do is a single tap...
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    Missing images from Photos on iMac

    Images cataloged by Apple Photos are stored in an Originals folder inside the macOS package Photos Library.photoslibrary in the Pictures folder. Because it is a macOS package and not a folder, it is designed to not be openable by double-clicking, and not accessible from another application’s...
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    35 mm Kodak slide film

    The VueScan support for film types (its film profiles) can help minimize the amount of adjustment needed to correct colors and tones, which are reproduced differently by each film stock. But they won’t do anything about reducing film grain. Also, in recent years I find myself using the VueScan...
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    LRC shows superseded develop pane and tools on imported old catalogs

    Lightroom Classic has updated the Process Version for developing files several times over the years. One of the biggest reasons they update the Process Version is to enable newer, better develop options. The current Process Version is Version 5, and images will show current options only if they...
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    Working with OS X Photos App

    The problem of course is that both Apple Photos and Lightroom Classic are database-oriented photo managers that want to be THE central organizer, so it’s difficult or impractical to get both to manage the same set of photos. It would be the same problem if Google Photos was thrown into the mix...
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    suddenly my photo's in Lr have become smaller

    Have you changed anything about your computer hardware recently? For example, did you buy a new Mac or a new display for it? The reason I ask is because the problem is described as if it happened all of a sudden, the symptoms look like using software not updated for Retina/HiDPI displays, and...
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    Exporting RAW files from iPad Pro to Lightroom Classic on MacBook Pro

    It’s possible without using the cloud, but not very fun because there are complicated steps to remember. When you tap the Share icon in Lightroom for iPad, choose Export As. That is the only option that lets you specify a raw file format. On the Export As screen, in the File Type menu, you want...
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    Projection help required.

    So far the discussion has been about pixel dimensions, because that’s what people naturally focus on. And the answers are correct: The pixel dimensions you want to provide should match the projector. If the projector is cinema 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels), and you send them 6000 x 4000 pixel images...
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    Question regarding the new Apple M1

    The good news is, none of this would be a reason for you to buy a high-end Mac. What I talk about below applies to any Mac or PC. The nice thing about most new Macs is that the internal storage is already high end. What I mean by that is the speed. Most use the fastest type of SSD (NVMe at over...
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    where is the smart preview folder exactly?

    It sounds like some clarification might be in order. Some of the answers seem to be about how Smart Previews work with Lightroom Classic cloud sync, but it sounds like you are actually talking about syncing Lightroom Classic application files (such as Smart Previews.lrdata) to iCloud. That’s...
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    Question regarding the new Apple M1

    There are two aspects to this. One about the Apple Silicon Macs in general, and another about Lightroom Classic in particular. In general, compared to Intel processors, Apple Silicon appears to perform better on minimal RAM. Suppose you have a task that, for many years, would not perform well...
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    Undelete photo

    The key language in there is where they say “Lightroom desktop, mobile, and the web.” That specific combination always means cloud-based Lightroom, not Lightroom Classic. In Lightroom Classic, the closest thing to a “Deleted” collection is filtering images so that only images flagged as...
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    Getting rid of Drobo... Where do I go ?

    A NAS is a good idea if: You have a genuine need to put the files on the network instead of directly attached, like needing multiple devices to get at the same files. You want it to automatically backup to another NAS locally or remotely, or to an online service such as Backblaze. The unit...
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    Version 10.4

    Also, although all those companies install a large number of background processes, at least on my Mac most of them just sit there doing nothing (most less than 0.1% CPU each, or even 0%) until they are needed to update a sync or fetch new emails. Although they report that they are using RAM, on...
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    How to create general presets for use when importing files from camera

    I keep these Adobe bookmarks around to remind myself how it all works. The first is general background about the preset hierarchy… Streamline Edits with the Improved Raw Defaults …and these are the specific steps: How to Create Custom Raw Defaults in Adobe Camera Raw (applies to the current...
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    Saving work in Lightroom

    Can you explain what you mean by "capture?" Do you mean the captured raw photo, or do you mean the Capture One application? Or you mean you rate them in your Capture folder using some method outside Lightroom Classic? The way I do something similar is to rate everything in Lightroom Classic. If...
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    Convert grayscale to rgb in LR classic

    Photoshop will work. But you can change them in Lightroom Classic too, by exporting new copies of them. If the problem is that SilverEfex won’t recognize grayscale and requires RGB, Lightroom Classic export should help because Lightroom Classic is actually incapable of keeping them in grayscale...
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