LL

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Mon, Jan 4, 2021 9:57 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Importing > Retain multiple folders

I am a photographer that completes several projects in a day and uses folders on my camera to seperate the projects. On returning to the office I need to rename the files to their project name during the import but must do each individual project/folder at a time. This can be quite time consuming when importing 8-10 projects from the day's work. I must wait for each individual import to complete to begin the next folder import.

It would be ideal if I could import my entire days work and have Lightroom respect the orginal folders during the import process. It is then much quicker to rename the folders and files in Lightroom at a fraction of the time. A much faster workflow. This could easily cut 20-30 minutes out of my day in waiting time and I could easily walk away while Lightroom does one single massive import.

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1 y ago

Maybe a current solution?  Create an empty folder in Lightroom.  Copy all folders on the card into that folder (using Finder or Explorer).  "Synchronize" the folder in Lightroom.  That will leave the same structure in place that is currently on your card.  Rename as needed at this point.

Bob Smith

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Also a very good solution! This might make my suggestion a little useless or redundant I think.

Champion

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1 y ago

In the Destination panel, the Organize > By original folders option imports in the same nested hierarchy as their existing structure, but at a new location. If you were to select the DCIM folder, I think that should do what you require.

Edit - Ah, sorry, I missed the renaming bit. But if you were to import with By Original Folders, and then select everything after import, the Folder Name token becomes available for renaming photos that are already imported.

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Thanks Victoria. Also another good solution!