LIGHTROOM - Accessing JPEG files when shooting RAW+JPEG but not ticking "treat JPEG files next to raw files"

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When you import both a raw and a JPEG version of a file,  how do you access the JPEG from within lighroom.  I know that you can choose the option to "Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos" in preferences but that is different. You end up with two photos in the library which you then need to manage by creating stacks to de-clutter the view.

I have used Lightroom for many years but until recently have only ever used the RAW files however recently I've started shooting with a Fuji X-e2 which produces nice JPEGS and it would be good to be able to quickly access them from lightroom to create collections and upload to flickr, google+ etc.It would be great if you could toggle between viewing the RAW and JPEG so you can choose which version of the file you want to work on. 

Right now I don't see the point of the having the ""Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos" option unticked other than importing the JPEG as well, since after it's imported you have no way of accessing it from within lightroom.
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Michael Akayan

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James Hess

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One thing you could do is import the JPEG images separately and place them in a subfolder. Another thing to consider is that you could set a filter in the library module to display just the raw or JPEG images. That way you can have the images in the same folder and have the option to treat JPEG images next to raw images as separate files checked. Then you could activate the filter as needed to show only the raw or only the JPEG files.
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Michael Akayan

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Hi James
Thanks for your reply. The problem I have with importing the raw and JPEG files separately is that you now logically have two photos to manage for every unique image. The reason why i shoot raw+JPEG is as insurance in case I need to do extra work on a picture. Let's say I'm looking at a bunch of Jpegs and one of them has blown highlights so I want to access the raw file to work on it. It would be great if I could just hit a toggle button and expose the raw file in the grid view. In your suggested workflow if need to change to a different directory or change the grid view filter to show raw files then find the photo to work on it. That's a lot of clicks and I'd loos the position i was up to while reviewing the Jpegs.
Also I'd need to maintain star ratings,key words and gps data for two versions of all files.
Finally why not make the choose to import raw and Jpegs as seperate files in the import dialog so you have more flexibility to use this workflow depending on what camera you are using or the types of images captured e.g high contrast.
Cheers
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You have posted your concern in the right forum. Perhaps Adobe will consider your request. Personally, I seldom shoot JPEG images. The raw files have so much more flexibility. And it's simple to export JPEG copies when they are needed.