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70 Points

Fri, Dec 18, 2020 6:54 AM


Lightroom Classic: Face Recognition responsiveness on 1M+ Photo Libraries

I want Lightroom Classic to hande facial recognition on my library of photos.

It's now beyond 1M photos and it's been doing a GREAT job of chewing through it.  Now at 85%.

There are two CRITICAL problems.

(1) Each 1% takes longer, so it's been weeks to get to 85% and I think I may still be a year away from 100%.  (On a remarkably high performance PC.)   The majority of the images are around 50 megapixel raw.

(2) Lightroom insists on working in the background instead of pausing all the recognition and cataloging so that it remains responsive.  I'd recommend Lightroom pays 100% attention to the user when they are using the app, and 100% attention on heavy facial recognition and catalog processing when we are not using the app.

Yes I have a ton of photos, but in reality so will many other people over the next 5-10 years.

The feature is incredible, it works so well even on massive libraries with people who have aged over time, does anyone know how to get it to handle (responsively) really big libraries (1M+ images) with facial recognition enabled?

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824 Points

1 y ago

I assume you know you can pause the recognition while you're working and then turn it back on when you're done. I haven't used it in quite a while but I believe you can do so by clicking in the upper left corner. I agree automatic pausing would be better but there is at least a workable solution for now