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After a long break from lightoom I find my catalogue has become faulty. I may need to start again w

Explorer ,
May 08, 2024 May 08, 2024

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My catalogue has become degraded and there is a huge mismatch with the photos file. what should I do

 

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May 08, 2024 May 08, 2024

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Sometimes the work to re-construct and re-link folders and photos in an 'old' catalog may not be worth the effort if the problem is "huge".  MISSING FILES AND FOLDERS-(Computer Darkroom) 

It could be easier to simply start a new empty catalog and Import all you photos to the new catalog. (Use the [ADD] option to leave them in their current folder location.). It means you lose all previous editing work, and collections, etc. [MENU: File > New Catalog...]

 

Only you can decide which way to go-  Re-construct, or start a new catalog.

 

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.3.1 Photoshop 25.9, ACR 16.3.1, Lightroom 7.3, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.1.0, Windows-11.

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May 10, 2024 May 10, 2024

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Thanks that is very helpful though I had done a lot of face recognition is there a way of retriving that?

 

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May 10, 2024 May 10, 2024

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Face Recognition is only available in the catalog, and if you start a new catalog then you begin again from 'nothing'.

Your "huge mismatch with the photos file" can only be remedied in a current catalog by re-linking those 'Missing' folders and files. (See link in previous post).  If you can re-construct the Folder & File tree exactly as the Lr-Classic folder panel shows it then you might find re-linking is easier or even not needed.

There is no easy way if you have scrambled your files on disk with the operating system.

Another link- MISSING FILES & FOLDERS (Lightroom Queen) 

 

Rule #1 in Lr-Classic:  NEVER 'touch', move, rename, or delete, files and folders that are indexed in a LrC Catalog..

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.3.1 Photoshop 25.9, ACR 16.3.1, Lightroom 7.3, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.1.0, Windows-11.

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May 14, 2024 May 14, 2024

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Tanks once again for the help..   I was finally able to reconstitute the system by going back through the saved archives and found one which was not corrupted.  I had been developing some of my files from film negatives using lab neg pro., and thought that I had exported the developed image leaving the raw RS2 file on my system.   What I have is the RS2 file but the image is the developed image.  I don't know how to handle it. I want to keep it and further work with it. I realise that if I change it I might then display  the original RW2 format however I want to keep this transforned imag too.  How do I do that  could it be in JXL format with bigger colour gamut or would it be wiser to use jpg

thanks

 

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"What I have is the RS2 file but the image is the developed image.".  That's OK and the develop adjustments (for the RS2) only exist in the Lr-Classic catalog (or a saved XMP sidecar). The raw files are never changed.

You can re-edit the RS2 in LrC or export once again.

JPG or JXL is your choice. IIUC the major difference is the compression factor.

(Not conversant with Neg Lab Pro.)

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.3.1 Photoshop 25.9, ACR 16.3.1, Lightroom 7.3, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.1.0, Windows-11.

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