I am finding that in lightroom I am unable to select a series of say 10 photos and move them into a new folder that I have made. In the PC you can select a list by clicking on the first and the last picture while holding down the shift key. This works in lightroom. However the centre button does not allow me to pick up the list, the right button gives a selection of actions that I do not want, and the left button just destroys the list. I have found that trying to move the list with the button held down immediately the list has been selected also does not work. What am I doing wrong?
It seems that moving a single photo does work but I need to break up large arrays of photos into component parts. How does one do that? I have looked at the photos in the underlying directory outside of lightroom but the photos are indistinguishably represented by a standard icon.
Are you using Lightroom Classic? You don't say that.
When you want to move photos into a new folder in Lightroom Classic, you must point the mouse at the thumbnail of the image, and then press the left mouse button down and drag. It does not work if you point at the grey area around the image.
It seems that moving a single photo does work but I need to break up large arrays of photos into component parts. How does one do that?
What do you mean by "large arrays"? What do you mean by breaking them up into component parts?
“I seem to be unable to move the images of any particular roll out from the big collection.”
Select the photos of interest, so they are all highlighted. Point the mouse at one of the thumbnail images (and not the grey area around the image) and hold the mouse button down and then drag.
If for some reason that doesn't work, reply be explaining exactly what you did (in detail) and what happened.
I also recommend this to all users of Lightroom Classic. My opinion is that with Lightroom Classic, the idea of using folders as an organizational tool is sub-optimal, and to be avoided, other than the default at import to create folders by capture date. You can acheive the organization you want by using either collections or keywords in Lightroom Classic. In particular, assigning keywords requires no move of the photos. Adding photos to collections also does not require a move.
the idea of using folders as an organizational tool is sub-optimal, and to be avoided, other than the default at import to create folders by capture date.
Yes, @dj_paige I do agree with your basic principal of leaving the imported photos in their 'imported' destination.
My suggestions are intended to help when hundreds of images are scanned in one procedure (eg. Tethered camera or Auto-Import). And then the images are sorted / divided / moved to folders that represent 'Capture Date'. By far easier to do this in a Catalog 'Move' rather than resetting the 'destination' for each small batch of scans.- IMO 🙂
eg. 610 B&W Negatives, camera scanned by tethered import-
"...stored outside of lightroom for independent review .....to explore the images in an external file system?"
Things to consider-
-'raw' files, if referenced in your Lr Library, will not be viewable by others without a 'raw viewer' to render them. An Export to JPG or TIF would be needed for 'anyone' to view.
- To Export an entire LR library, AND preserve the Folder structure, you would require a Plugin.
eg. (Donation ware) https://www.photographers-toolbox.com/products/lrtreeexporter.php
- Keywords can be added at Export if 'Include Metadata' is checked in the Export dialog.
In LrC, use Photo->Stacking->Expand All Stacks and then search for the photo by file name or any other relevant metadata.
Collection membership is never exported. If you need information in the exported file, do not organize with Collections; use keywords.
+1 to the reply from @dj_paige
Stacks can be identified visually by the badge in the thumbnail corner- IF you have badges visible (toggle with keyboard [J] )
This is my method-
I do NOT pre-make the 'destination' folders in File-Explorer (Mac Finder).
I make the folders in the Catalog Library using the following method, where I want my groups of images (usually scans of one film ).
This is relatively simple-
1) Select the images you want to Group AND Move into a new folder (ie. make selections in your "large array" using the common methods- Holding [Ctrl] or [Click : Shift-Click] )
2) [Right-Click] on a 'Parent' folder where you want to create the 'new' sub-folder of selected images, (***DO NOT SELECT THIS 'PARENT' folder before the [Right-Click]!)
3) Choose from the menu- [Create Folder Inside "the folder you right-clicked"....]
4) Name this new folder AND check the box for [Include selected photos]
The result is your selected photos (from the "large array") are automatically moved to this 'new' folder. No dragging of images required.