Best Way to Get My iPhone Photos In One Folder?

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I imported all of my photos into a Lightroom Classic catalog. This includes all cameras and devices I've used the past. I want to filter out all photos taken with an Apple device to upload to iCloud. I know I can filter by camera type in Lightroom Classic, but what's the best way to consolidate those photos into one folder on my hard drive so I can then upload them to iCloud? I'd rather not have to export folders if I don't have to. Thanks in advance.
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Tim Sondrup

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Alan Harper

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I don't have lightroom open to test, but can't you just create a smart collection based on camera and then drag the files to a folder?
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Tim Sondrup

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If I drag photos from a collection onto a folder on my desktop, for example, will it create copies of these images?
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Steve Gandy

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No, it will move them.
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Alan Harper

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Unlike the Finder, Lightroom never duplicates files, even if you drag them from one disk to another disk.

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Russell Cardwell

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As Alan Harper suggested, create a smart collection for all iPhone photos.

But then, use Lightroom to create a new folder inside the iCloud folder on your computer. Use Lightroom room to drag the photos into that folder. That way all the photos will still be in Lightroom’s catalog, but will be archived in iCloud.

In the future, when you import new photos from your iPhone, you can have a Lightroom save them in this new folder.