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Remove from Collection vs Delete from Disk and Remove from Lightroom

Engaged ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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I am working on Windows 10 and have been a Lightroom user and Adobe CC user since the beginning. I have over 200,000 raw files imported into Lightroom. When "Collections" was added I immediately added unique collections to my Lightroom image structure and workflow. I always include at least one collection (Date / Country / State / City) in every import. I have been doing all of my editing directly in collections ever since. This includes rating my pictures. The good thing is that I see the lightroom edits in my DNG files regardless of where I am viewing them from. The frustrating thing is that I can delete files from the disk or remvoe them from the library in both the disk location and library location in Lightroom. However, I cannot delete from the disk when editing or reviewing files from my collections. I can only remove them from the collection. This has left thousands of unwanted DNG files on my disk.

  • Is there a way to simultaneously delete files from the disk when removing them from a collection.
  • If there is not, plaese, please, please ADD IT.

Because I keep both the RAW and DNG when creating DNGs I already maintain 20 terabytes of disk space. I really do not want to buy more, larger hard disks.

In addition to adding the ability to delete files from collections, it would also be nice to be able to delete both the DNG and its RAW equivilant at the same time. (just a thought :-))

I look forward to your answer to my firs bullet above.

Jim Palik

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Engaged , May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021
Thank you DJ, I really appreciate your answer and I completely agree with your advice. When doing event work I will sometimes take hundreds of pictures. I frequently select two images and view them in Library using the Compare view. Then, I decide if I want to remove the bad one from the collecteion while foregetting that I still have both selected. I do not want to admit how many times I have used Ctrl+Z when realizing that both have disapeared. This is why it is so important that Adobe adds th...

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LEGEND ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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When you are in a collection, and you want to remove the photo from the Lightroom Classic catalog, and from your hard disk, you can use the "Splat Delete" which is (on Windows) Ctrl-Alt-Shift-Del

 

Please note: there is no warning dialog box that could serve as a prevention from accidentally deleting the wrong photos. When you do the Splat Delete, the photo is immediately and without warning removed from Lightroom Class and from your hard disk. So if you select the wrong photo, and then Splat Delete ... sorry, it's gone, no sympathy from us, you need to use this with extreme caution (or, in my opinion, don't do Splat Delete at all, delete from the All Photographs view).

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Engaged ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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Thank you DJ, I really appreciate your answer and I completely agree with your advice. When doing event work I will sometimes take hundreds of pictures. I frequently select two images and view them in Library using the Compare view. Then, I decide if I want to remove the bad one from the collecteion while foregetting that I still have both selected. I do not want to admit how many times I have used Ctrl+Z when realizing that both have disapeared. This is why it is so important that Adobe adds this feature request. Hopefully you support me.

 

You have replied may times to my (sometimes lame) questions. You frequently add your advice. Thank you. You are one of my favorite support persons. Thank you again,

Jim

 

 

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LEGEND ,
May 26, 2021 May 26, 2021

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Thanks @Jim_Palik . In case it isn't clear, I am not a "support person", as I don't work for Adobe. I just like sharing my knowledge, and I learn a lot here as well.

 

Please go to the proper forum to provide your feature request to Adobe: https://feedback.photoshop.com/topics/lightroom-classic/5f5f2093785c1f1e6cc40872

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LEGEND ,
May 27, 2021 May 27, 2021

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An alterntive, very fast workflow is to mark photos as Rejected (type "x"), and then periodically do Photo > Delete Rejected Photos.  Optionally, define and use a Library Filter preset "Not rejected" that shows photos that haven't been rejected. Now, when you type "x", the photo disappears instantly, whether you're in a folder, collection, or smart collection.

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