Matt Kloskowski reveals his favorite feature for managing photos in Lightroom 2 at Photoshop World Las Vegas, 2008.
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Hi folks, my name is Matt Kloskowski, I am here live at Photoshop World, with people behind me, that is what is there is a lot of people here. But we are going to talk to you about one of my favorite features inside of Lightroom 2, and it is one of my favorite features when it comes to managing to my photos, be cause one of the things that I use is external hard drives. See, people are clapping already. It is that good. One of the things I use is external hard drives and unlike in one, there was not a real good way to use external hard drive. Lightroom was very good. I am telling you when your photos were on the drive, so let me show you what I mean here.
I got some photos on the desktop, I am going to go to file import and I am going to import this folder MAC photos. And import it from the desktop and I am just tell Lightroom to import it without moving, I want to hit the import button here and take a look what happens, it shows me right at to p here, it says that is the Macintosh hard drive and it says Matt photos, and if I hover over it, it actually tells me the location where those photos are. That is great, so now I know where my photos are and if you put them on your computer that is where you would import them.
But what happens is either, import straight from an external hard drive or more often than not, I start to move photos over onto an external drive because I want to free up this space. So here is what happens, I am going to go over into my finder window here and you go onto my desktop and you can see that Matt photos folder. All right, I am going to take this and I am going to move it over onto my drive. All right, it is called no name because I have not named it, but I am going to move it on to my drive. I am going to back to my desktop and I am actually going to delete that folder. Watch what happens over here inside of Lightroom. See that little question mark icon? That is because at Lightroom, it does not know where those photos are anymore. It will still manage them but it just does nowhere to locate with actual files themselves. Well what you can do here is you right click on the actual folder, you choose find missing folder, go find the drive and that you put it on, so in this example here, mine is called no name and I click on that folder, it choose and now Lightroom is going to go through and it is going to rethink everything. So, now it is going to actually show me that drive and it shows me the folders and the photos that are on that drive, so now I can look inside here, there is the same photos, there is the drive, the really cool thing about this is that if I come inside here and I eject that drive, so now it is no longer connected to my computer, Lightroom will still manage the photos, I still get the little question mark there, but see this volume browser up here. See that top level name. It tells exactly what drive those photos are on and that is the feature that I really needed because I have several drive. So now when I come inside here, if I want to reconnect those photos, I know what drive to plug in and that way I can start working on those photos without having to experiment and figure out which drive that they were on.
Well folks, so there is my little volume browser tip for you inside of Lightroom 2, hope you like it. I will talk to you again soon.