Lightroom: Selectively deleting photos off memory card

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When travelling, I always like to have at least two copies of the images I want to keep. At the end of a day of shooting, I import ALL images from the card to my laptop. I then use the much bigger laptop screen to flag all the really dud images (sometimes there are quite a few) to delete.

I would like see Lightroom have the option of deleting these unwanted images off your memory card as well.

Note I do not mean delete ALL images off the card, just the really dud ones (ones that have been flagged to delete).

That way, whilst travelling, you have the ability to retain two copies of your images without the need for additional items that can fail/be stolen/ lost/ damaged, etc.

Lightroom already has the ability to detect which files on the card are already in the library and which aren't, so it should be easy to just select the ones that aren't for deletion, right?
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Posted 7 years ago

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Rob Cole

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The more I think about this idea, the better I like it.

It just makes good sense to make use of card storage for a 2nd or 3rd backup if it would otherwise sit empty. Stuff can happen when traveling...

See related question: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

Rob
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Shaun: As long as you use 'Files' source instead of 'Device' source (in the import dialog box), you can use the hard disk publishing to backup imported files to card (and delete extraneous):

- Set export/publish location to anything other than the card's DCIM folder.
- Select the card's DCIM folder explicitly when importing.

If you start your trip with a blank catalog, then make the publish collection "all photos in catalog". If you start out with some photos already in the catalog, then set publish collection to "newer photos". If you run out of space, set publish collection to >1 rating only. If you are still running out of space, switch from original to jpeg format...

This solution assumes your card will accept long filenames (or you only use short ones) - most do.

The soon-to-be-released 'TreeSync Publisher' has option to include changed xmp along with original raws, and can choose 8.3 short filenames to support legacy card formats. (it can also delete imported photos from card after successfully publishing your backup - but don't tell anyone...).

I still like your idea, but this solution should suffice for now - yes?

Rob
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I have incorporated card publishing services in the latest version of TreeSyncPublisher:

http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ProductsAn...