Allow users to "batch" images by date etc when importing into Lightroom

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Say a photographer shoots on Monday, imports, edits & deletes unwanted images from his Lightroom catalogue too. Then wants to do all the same again on tuesday using the same camera card, (because the card was only partially full from Monday, and the photographer wants to use the card as a "mini backup device" too)

When he puts the card into a card reader on Tuesday to import that day's images, he has to wait for the small previews to load in the Lightroom Import panel, so he can visually check which images are from the day (or shoot, or even camera).

He also has to unselect all, and then reselect only the ones from Tuesday, for fear of importing copies of images he imported then deleted on Monday (because Lightroom cannot apparently detect a previously imported image once it has been deleted)

Would'nt it be great if we had the option to batch sort the previewed images for importing by more flexible criteria like date; this would speed up importing, and also help avoid importing errors too.

Thoughts?
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Edward

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If you set the Destination panel to 'by date' with a y/m/d folder structure, you can check/uncheck a day at a time. Then you can set it back to whatever settings you like. A possible workaround for now?
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Thanks Victoria, That's a "workable" workaround!

If you sort the images in the preview pane by folder, and do likewise with the destination folders, you can see / tick / untick the images by capture date, so that is a help.

Now to make this even more user friendly, it would be helpful to allow users to categorise images in the preview pane, not just by date (as per my initial suggestion) but also to combine this with the number of the imports on that day, so for example, you import images at lunch time, (Import 1) then go shoot and do the same again in the evening (Import 2) etc. I say this because the same logic applies as to the initial suggestion; of avoiding confusion.