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Posted on Sep 19, 2013 in Efficientizing, Photography, Studio | 0 comments

Managing Duplicate Photo Copies in Lightroom

What do you use to manage your photo collection?

I used to go the simple Windows Explorer route and had a perfect way of naming each photo so they sorted correctly.  It worked fine …until Lightroom came along.  Suddenly a whole new whole opened up to me.  Photoshop and photo management in one?!   I was in heaven.  We have been using Lightroom for the last few years.   Now the problem is my husband and I both use it.  Sometimes we will import photos into Lightroom and forget to clear those photos out of the camera.   And someone would import it a second time in a different location.   This happens a few times a year, usually with those important photo collections from vacations we are afraid to lose (imagine 1000 images becomes 2000!).    Recently, it has gotten to a point of being very unmanageable.   There are double and even triple copies of photos everywhere!  Just imagine trying to delete those individually….and I actually did try it!!

As mentioned in my recent post, one of my current project is to finish all of our unfinished photo albums.   It’s going to be a long process for me since I tend to be very picky and want to include everything in our yearbooks.   Then, I came to this huge roadblock…. why do we have so many duplicates?!   Oh right…because…   So then, I prayed for a solution.   And a solution came to me in form of a Lightroom plugin called Duplicate Finder.  Thank you for thinking of my problem before I realized there’s one!   This was definitely money worth spending (about $15), that saved me many hours of hunting down the files.  It matches files based on a variety of data within the photo itself, not just the file name.  Phew~!

 

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This is what the plug-in looks like.  Very simple, you just have to check attributes that you would like to match and click ok.   They will go through your selected photos, find the duplicates, and put it into a collection for you to deal with.  Usually that means DELETE for me.  🙂

 

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Now, if there’s a tool like that to help me find duplicate things in life…and then organize them for me into neat folders.  I will buy that too!

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