Importing photographs automatically suggests folder where catalog is based

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Can LR - both flavours - automatically select the folder where the current catalog is based to be the default folder for importing photographs.
Currently, I create a new catalog and start to import photographs, and LR opens the import dialog to move / copy the photographs to >MyPictures folder.
This is tedious, and I suspect very few photographers actually use this my pictures as the default base folder for their work.
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Hamish Niven

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I assume the opposite. In my experience, most people do use (a subfolder in) My Pictures, not the catalog folder itself. Or they use an external drive.
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Fair comment, (I see you've edited your comment - Or they use an external drive - this is more in line with my thinking)
I'm thinking more commercially and from conversations with fellow photographers. I keep all my catalogs and images on external drives, my iMac is for work not storage, and 10 years of images and 100's of catalogues is many TB's of images.
maybe an option to pick a default storage folder
  1. My Pictures > new folder
  2. My curent Catalog > new folder


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Michael Skerritt

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This is a common problem and photos go missing? Is there someone that can please give good advise as to what is the rightway to copy your photos to your computer.IE. set up a drive to automatically load new photos in Windows! cend the photos to and external drive or NASS?
Your comments are greatly appreciated.
Mike
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There really is no 'right way'. Lightroom can store the images anywhere you like, and as long as you remember that you should not move them or rename them outside of Lightroom, then there is no problem with images getting 'missing'.

If you do not have a very large archive, like many amateur photographers, then a subfolder in your Pictures folder is fine. If you do have a large archive, then it makes more sense to store your images on an external dedicated hard drive.

I both cases the most important thing to remember is to make backups! Lightroom can only make backups of the catalog file, it does not backup the images.
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In LrClassic, you can create, manage and apply an import preset https://helpx.adobe.com/ie/lightroom/help/photo-video-import-options.html during import. It will remember your custom import settings.