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Jul 04, 2020

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I am completely new to LR Classic, but was trying to catalogue my photos that I had already added to LR, I created a new Catalogue, which took me into windows explorer where my photos are stored, it prompted for a name I typed in name, the folder closed as did LR, when it reopend all the imported photgraphs had gone and it prompted me to import images, I did this twice and both times the same thing happened, what am I doing wrong. I was following a youtube tutorial.  

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Creating new Catalogue removes all files

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I am completely new to LR Classic, but was trying to catalogue my photos that I had already added to LR, I created a new Catalogue, which took me into windows explorer where my photos are stored, it prompted for a name I typed in name, the folder closed as did LR, when it reopend all the imported photgraphs had gone and it prompted me to import images, I did this twice and both times the same thing happened, what am I doing wrong. I was following a youtube tutorial.  

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LEGEND ,
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"I did this twice"

 

What did you do twice? Create a new catalog?

 

If so, that's what is supposed to happen when you create a new catalog. If you want to get back to the photographs you already imported, you don't create a new catalog, you open the existing catalog.

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Jul 04, 2020

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That is exactly how Lightroom Classic functions. Ideally, you only need one Catalog. When you create a new Catalog, it's new empty database file. You need to view some tutorials then start over.

https://blogs.adobe.com/jkost/lightroom-training-videos 

 

Regards, Denis: System iMac mid-2015, 5K 27” monitor, macOS10.15.6: LrC 9.4, Lr 3.4.1, Ps 21.2.2, Camera OM-D E-M1.

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If you prefer reading material, there is a free book available at the link below.

https://www.lightroomqueen.com/ 

 

Regards, Denis: System iMac mid-2015, 5K 27” monitor, macOS10.15.6: LrC 9.4, Lr 3.4.1, Ps 21.2.2, Camera OM-D E-M1.

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Quote:

I am completely new to LR Classic, but was trying to catalogue my photos that I had already added to LR

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At the end you typed LR. Is that the Cloud based Lightroom program?

 

Every time you create a New Catalog you have to name it and when it opens in LrC it will be empty because youm haven't imported any images to it.

 

I suggest you start by reviewing some online tutorials on what LrC is and how to work with LrC.

 

Lightroom Classic tutorials | Learn how to use Lightroom Classic

 

Also try this tutorial on what the catalog file is and how to work with it.

 

How Lightroom catalogs work

 

 

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Information about your photos, including where they are located, image previews and any edits you make are stored in the Lightroom Classic catalog file. When you create a new catalog, none of the information from the previous catalog is known to the new catalog. Hopefully that makes sense. There is no need to create a new catalog. 

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