Quick Lightroom Tip: Moving Photos Between Catalogs
If you read my post a few weeks ago about managing multiple lightroom catalogs and decided to split your catalog, then you probably have had the need to shuffle some of your photos between catalogs. While not a difficult task, it is not quite obvious, so I decided to write a quick post on how I go about moving photos from one catalog to another.
First thing you are going to want to do is open up the Lightroom catalog you want to move photos from. If you aren’t currently in that catalog, you can open it by clicking File > Open Catalog, then navigating to the appropriate catalog.
Once you have the catalog open, select all of the photos that you would like to migrate to another catalog. With the photos selected, click File > Export As Catalog.
An “Export as Catalog” window will open and prompt you to name and select a location for your catalog. If you intend to move these photos to another catalog, then you can just name this catalog “Temp Catalog” and save it to your desktop or a scratch folder since you will be deleting this after you import it into that existing catalog. If you want to create a whole new catalog, then choose an appropriate name and location.
With the photos now exported to the temporary catalog, you can go to File > Open Catalog and locate the destination catalog. Once it has loaded, click File > Import from Another Catalog.
You will be shown the “Import from Lightroom Catalog” dialog. Here you will navigate to the temporary catalog that you previously created. If you used the name and location I did, it would be located on the desktop, and you would want to open Temp Catalog.lrcat.
In the next window, you are asked to select what you want to import. Since we have this temporary catalog on the desk top, we want to select “Copy new photos to a new location and import” from the file handling drop down. You will then want to choose the location where you would like lightroom to move your raw photos. If you work off an external like I do, you would want to move them there with the rest of your raw files. After that, click “Import”
And that is that, the photos you selected have been migrated to their new home. You can now delete the “Temp Catalog” folder that was created during this process, and repeat this process for any other jobs you might have. I hope this was helpful, and if you have any other questions, feel free to ask.