Lightroom: Store links to the original files making up an HDR or Panoramic image in the catalog/database

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The database in Lightroom would be the ideal place to have links to the original files making up an HDR or Panoramic image. Frequently, after a passage of time, I am at my wits ends to remember where the individual files are that made up a pano, especially when the finished image has a fanciful name and stored in a folder to which I go for images ready to print. In fact, even having the root file name for any image that has had a name change would be welcome as well.
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Put them all in a collection when you make them, and that collection links them together. You can then find their folders at will with the context menu on any of the images.
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Ha! Good call. I asked about it in a LR thread and a community pro suggested I bring it here. He was right!
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I keep all constituent images of an hdr or pano in a stack, so there is nothing to remember.

(Lightroom does remember the original filename after a rename, but its not supported in the lib filter or smart collections).

I am pushing for a redo of stacks, so they can be nested, and things can be in more than one stack... -

See "New Way to Handle Groups of Related Photos" (read down a ways - it evolved over time...) http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Also, if you don't want to devote a collection for each hdr/pano, you can bind them together using any existing metadata field (e.g. non-exportable keywords or a spare iptc field), or define new fields for that purpose (or any other purpose) using custom metadata.

-R
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Both ideas are workarounds, adding an extra step. My lazy brain would rather have it done as a matter of course. But any port in a storm, as the saying goes....
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Lawrence - I'm glad you're willing to seek refuge in a port, instead of staying out in the storm. However, I'm not so sure I see your point of view about this. I mean, keeping hdrs & panos tied together is the kind of thing stacks were invented for. I guess the reason you have a problem that I don't is you aren't keeping the constituents in the same folder as the final, am I right? I mean, there is no extra step, you select related images then click "stack" - you'd have that kind of step to do regardless (Lightroom doesn't automatically know which photos are constituents of an hdr/pano).

Don't get me wrong - I like the idea of handling groups of related photos better, did you check out this related idea? - it would satisfy your need without even breaking a sweat: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

My advice for now: keep consituents in a stack in same folder as hdr/pano final, and instead of having a folder of finals, have a collection of finals. i.e. never separate them and you'll never wonder where they are. Scaring up selected photos for print... is the kind of thing collections were designed for.

I don't think of this as a workaround - its just going with the grain, instead of against...

-R
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I do keep the basic pano in the folder from which the images making up the pano are drawn. Some folders have many images and as many as 6 panos, in which case, they get their own subfolders.

The problem is when I rename from Pano 1 or some such designation Moonrise over .... that gets me in trouble, as i prefer to keep those in a print folder on a different HD.

I want to be able to open metadata for "Moonrise...and get the exact file name(s) from which it came, and where it now is.

I tried stacks right off but prefer the set in it's own folder.

Good link, btw. Thanks.
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Hi Lawrence,

I see. As far as I know there are no explicit features of Lightroom to track related files once they've been split, other than collections or keywords or some other metadata. So I guess you're stuck with a workaround for now.

Good luck,
Rob