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Is lightroom serious? (how to delete images)

Missy Kay , Oct 05, 2009; 07:11 p.m.

I now have over 30,000 wedding photos in my lightroom catalog. Apparently that's too many and it won't let me import any more. But the only way to delete the photos is to backspace each photo then hit delete? Does that mean I have to do that 30,000 times? Is there an easier way?

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Mark T , Oct 05, 2009; 07:19 p.m.

yes, you can select multiple images and delete them all at the same time.
you might also want to rethink the way you are using lightroom... having 30k images in 1 catalog is just madness

Nadine Ohara - SF Bay Area/CA , Oct 05, 2009; 07:23 p.m.

You can also break the 30K images into smaller catalogs. I personally make a catalog for each wedding.

David Wegwart - Denver/CO. , Oct 05, 2009; 07:24 p.m.

Kay,

in the library grid view, right click the folder you want to delete, and select "remove". It will double check with you before it continues, then remove entire folders from its catalogue. That is how you keep the program running effeciently too.

I don't keep ANY LR catalogues. Just imoprt, process, export, remove.

Alec Myers , Oct 05, 2009; 07:32 p.m.

I have multiple catalogs of 150k+, 90k+ and 36k images respectively. There's no 30k limit.

Francie Baltazar , Oct 05, 2009; 09:53 p.m.

I had this issue with LR just the other day - you can click on a folder and then press the (-) key at the folder site to remove folders... sometimes this is a limitation of the room on your hard drive.

Angie C , Oct 05, 2009; 10:34 p.m.

I used to have everything in one catalog, it was a pain. Just make a catalog per event, it makes you life much easier that way.

Joseph Wisniewski , Oct 06, 2009; 01:20 a.m.

Missy, the first thing you need to do is find out why your system is not handling a 30k image catalog. My "working" catalog is twice that size, and I've run "test catalogs" over 200k images. And, amazingly enough, the working catalog still burns to one CD, so all that work with keywording and editing is safe.

You really do want to work with just one catalog, when possible. In general, I find that people who recommend breaking lightroom catalogs down into smaller chunks simply have not mastered (or even attempted) organizing files to any decent extent using keywords and the basic use of filters. There is just so much you can do with instant access to everything. Tag a good image or two from each wedding, and you can filter that to see what you'll be using in the next revision of your website or other advertising. Try that with "a catalog per event" and suddenly "life" is not "much easier that way".

Mark T , Oct 06, 2009; 02:41 a.m.

In general, I find that people who recommend breaking lightroom catalogs down into smaller chunks simply have not mastered (or even attempted) organizing files to any decent extent using keywords and the basic use of filters

There are many reasons why multiple catalogs is preferred over 1 catalog and vice versa.... depending on your working environment you may pick one over the other.

Kenzi Kay , Oct 06, 2009; 05:13 a.m.

Right click on a folder in the left menu and choose remove, it will delete the folder in lightroom, but not the files. Make sure you only choose remove and not delete unless you want to delete the file.
Kenz


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