Backing up Lightroom and Your Photos By Matt Kloskowski

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Lightroom has become the total package for photographers right? We can import, sort and organize our photos. We use it to develop and process, and we can print or create websites. However, as important as our photos are, Lightroom doesn't really offer an out-of-the-box backup solution. That's exactly what we'll cover in this class.

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Matt is the Vice President of Photography for onOne Software and a Tampa-based photographer. He's a best selling author of over 20 books and teaches Lightroom and Photoshop at seminars and conferences around the world....

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  1. Profile photo of ralphhw ralphhw

    I recently (6/2015) replaced my PC with an iMac. Does this instruction still apply?? I have all my catalogs on external hard drive and opened a zip file (attached ext. hard drive to iMac) opened the winzip file and ended up with a mess in the Lightroom CC program on the iMac. I probably should have copy/paste in the new catalog???

  2. Profile photo of Sonny Sonny

    Why backup catalog on start up. With many images it can take 3-6 minutes (slow computer) I select backup when closing lightroom. That way all my changes are current – not waiting for next time. Something could happen in the interim. Also, when backing up at exit I can leave and LR will turn off when backup completed and/or I could open a different program while backup happening in background.

    Back up at exit make sense to me than at start up.
    What do others think?

  3. Profile photo of gravetotkd gravetotkd

    Very good information. I have one question. Does anyone know of a way to replace folders on Windows the way Matt does it on Mac? I looks like you have to delete a folder if you want to keep your photos backup synced. Windows only merges folders so it will not remove any files you deleted in your main location.

  4. Profile photo of williamty williamty

    I’m running Windows 7, Lightroom 5 and my problem is that I can’t figure out how to sync my back up photos on my ext HD with edited photos on my main HD. I watched Matt K’s video on that topic in which he said to copy the folder photo on the main drive and paste it into the backup photos on the ext HD. If there is a way to copy the photo folder on the main HD, I haven’t found it. Any workable solution would be appreciated. Thanks

  5. Profile photo of flukeslapper flukeslapper

    Why hasn’t this course been updated? LR2 and LR5 are significantly different, as are some of today’s backup options.

  6. Profile photo of finchghere finchghere

    I have heard that a RAID array is not recommended for photo storage because it automatically updates any changes. If you somehow corrupt a file or delete something it might make those changes to all the other drives before you can stop it.

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    Almost five years later, aren’t there any new considerations to the backup process? Doesn’t this course deserve an update? I thought it was great, but I feel it’d be better to see a newer version of lightroom to follow these steps!

  8. Profile photo of lucienr lucienr

    Good course ! It was useful for me. Thanks ! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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    Best hour on Lightroom training I have ever spent! I learned more about backing up from this straight forward and easy to understand video series of what to do and when than any other course I’ve taken on the subject! —- Yes, please post my feedback

  10. Profile photo of nicholson76 nicholson76

    This Is AMAZING!!! My disk space is full on my computer and I have been freaking out because I don’t understand “computer” language. I just watched all of these videos in a row via the free 24 hour test drive, and I am sold. I have learned more in the last 2 hours than in any photo class. I have the Lightroom book, but it was easier for me to play the video, pause take notes and play the video again until I totally understood the back up process. I can’t wait to watch all of the other videos on this site. I like that I can go back to each course over and over and that I can access it anywhere in the world. Thanks guys! I also love the Kelby dvd’s! —- Yes, please post my feedback

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