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How to import properly? Modifying current settings

Community Beginner ,
Oct 23, 2023 Oct 23, 2023

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I recently discovered a good practice of importing SD card photos into date-labeled folders with Capture, Output, and PSD subfolders.  However, the method that I originally started doing created a folder named "2023" in my iMac home (~) drive.  I don't prefer this.  I would rather import my folders to the /Users/ethan/Pictures/ folder (~/Pictures).  I moved my prior import folders to ~/Pictures without thinking about it too much.  I started a new project on Lightroom with newly imported photos, and I recognized that my prior import folders listed under "2023" were missing.  I freaked out thinking Lightroom deleted my files for a while, but I realized it was just that I moved the folders elsewhere.  I right-clicked on the missing files and located them on my PC.  I can now access them in Lightroom, but the organization is not very good.  I have a folder called "2023" with my project named "2023-10-22" inside, which is located in ~/2023 (not what I prefer).  I have all my other folders listed too, but they are not shown under "2023" but listed as the project folders themselves, and they are located in ~/Pictures/2023.  This is a little hard to explain, I have attached a photo to this post to show you what I mean.  How can I fix this organizational thing in Lightroom and make it so that future imports go to the ~/Pictures/2023 folder, not ~/2023?  Thank you.

 

 

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Oct 23, 2023 Oct 23, 2023

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You chose the naming structure, but didn't realise it. In the Destination panel of Import you have options for By Date, Into One Folder, By Original Folders when you use Copy as import option. You had it on date and it used the default date. 

 

To get them to go into the Pictures folder, you have to click on the Pictures folder in the Destination panel during import. It's sticky, so once you do it, it should be the same next time. 

 

Sean McCormack. Author of 'Essential Development 3'. Magazine Writer. Former Official Fuji X-Photographer.

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That worked!  Thanks so much.

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