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should I be using folders or collections to delete unwanted photos?

barryb1717

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I have read that after importing new shots you should create a collection and after that you should stay away from the folders since they are your actual picture files.

In library grid mode, as I go through the shots to either delete or save them, I have a problem.

If I open the collection, and delete my unwanted pictures, they are removed from my collection but remain in my folder. If I open the folder I run the risk of deleting the incorrect file.

Is there a work around to fix this?
 
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Hi

No idea why you would stay away from the folders, Collections are intended as what they say - a collection of photos for various reasons.

Probably the majority of users use the rejected flag when running through to decide what to delete - see if this post helps:

 
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By the way: the best method (IMHO) is to set the 'Reject' flag on each photo you want to delete. You can do that in a collection or in a smart collection. Just press the 'X' key. Then when you want to delete all rejected photos, you select the 'All Photographs' collection and choose 'Photo - Delete Rejected Photos'. You will get the dialog that asks you if you want to delete them from the catalog only or also from disk.
 
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If I open the collection, and delete my unwanted pictures, they are removed from my collection but remain in my folder. If I open the folder I run the risk of deleting the incorrect file.

Is there a work around to fix this?
The first step and safest is to simply flag the images that you want to delete with a "x" reject flag . Then from the "All Photographs" Special collection in the Catalog panel you can filter on only rejected images, review and then delete from there.
 
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