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rickboden

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Hello,
I import the images into Lightroom by date so for example, I will have a 2018 folder with sub-folders such as 2018-12-10 containing DNG files. I want to organize these yearly folders by months which means creating sub folders such as 01-Jan, and 02-Feb, etc., and then dragging in the appropriate folders so I have only 12 folders under each year with each import nested in its monthly folder.

How can I make this a bit simpler than having to create 12 folders one at a time for each year? With more than 10 years of yearly folders this is a bigger job than I want it to be.

Thanks for any advice.

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Lightroom can do that for you on import. Just change the settings in the import dialog.

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If you want to do this to reorganise existing images, then you'll have to do it manually however.
 

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Going forward- you should select an Import option that will automatically place imported files into 'Year' and 'Month' sub-folders.
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Choose one of these options in the Destination panel and highlight the parent folder (My Pictures, Images, etc) when you import. So you would get: My Pictures\2019\01\photos, etc

Going backward- Yes, you would need to re-arrange things in the folder panel- Create new 'Month' folders and drag&drop folders in the folder panel, or do a filter search by date, select photos in one month, and create a 'Month' folder to move the files.
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Thank you, I will certainly apply your suggestions for future imports.
 

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It's a bit of a pain that LR doesn't allow you to automate mass moving of photos around... Admittedly mass anything can lead to mass chaos. A rename that worked a bit like an import might sometimes come in handy. I suppose you can't get away with "move" importing already imported photos. What would be the outcome? Losing your edits or just more mass chaos?
 

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It's a bit of a pain that LR doesn't allow you to automate mass moving of photos around... Admittedly mass anything can lead to mass chaos. A rename that worked a bit like an import might sometimes come in handy. I suppose you can't get away with "move" importing already imported photos. What would be the outcome? Losing your edits or just more mass chaos?
You'd lose all your edits, and all virtual copies, and all memberships of collections. If the latter things don't bother you, then it's doable. First select all images and choose 'Metadata - Save Metadata to Files'. That will save your edits and added metadata like keywords to XMP files (or save it in the file header for DNG, JPEG, TIFF). Then you can remove the images from the Lightroom catalog and import them again using the 'Move' option. Because you saved metadata to files, the edits and the keywords will be restored during that import, but the other things (virtual copies, memberships of collections) do get lost.
 

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Thanks ! Good to know. All I need to do now is find some empty space in my memory where I can keep that information for a rainy day.
 

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I haven’t tried this, so it may fail completely, but I wonder if importing (Import > Move) the images with the ‘old’ folder structure as source, and a new structure specified in the import dialog would achieve this. I fear that this may fail to transfer develop settings and other metadata. Has anyone tried this approach?
 

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I haven’t tried this, so it may fail completely, but I wonder if importing (Import > Move) the images with the ‘old’ folder structure as source, and a new structure specified in the import dialog would achieve this. I fear that this may fail to transfer develop settings and other metadata. Has anyone tried this approach?
Did you read my earlier message? If you save metadata to files first, like I described, then this will work and you will not lose develop settings and other metadata.
 

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Apologies, Johan - I missed that. I can see that metadata will be preserved where it’s embedded in the image file (jpg, tiff, dng etc), but what about proprietary raw files (eg nef), where some of the metadata is placed in a sidecar xmp file? In other words, are the xmp files also imported?
 

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Apologies, Johan - I missed that. I can see that metadata will be preserved where it’s embedded in the image file (jpg, tiff, dng etc), but what about proprietary raw files (eg nef), where some of the metadata is placed in a sidecar xmp file? In other words, are the xmp files also imported?
Yes they are. Do you really think I would give this advice if I didn't know what I'm talking about?
 

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Flags is the other main one that doesn't get written to xmp, which a lot of people use. Stars do get saved, so you can filter for flags and assign them stars instead before writing.
 
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