Renaming missing folders

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If I search for a missing file and find it, LR manages to find any others in the same location.

Could a similar process not apply to missing folders. I have a parent folder with approx 30 sub-folders all of which I wish to rename. I prefer to do this outside LR and then re-connect inside LR. I know that the normal advice is not to do this, but I find this is less of a pain than doing it all inside LR.

As every single file inside each of the 30 folders has the same name as before, surely it would be feasible for LR to check for any missing folders in the parent folder, then scan for the relevant files in a similar way to the current behaviour for missing files.

Currently I have to manually re-find each of the 30 folders.

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Colin McDonald

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The bottom line is: learn how to use collections and smart collections to organise your images. Folders are not very suitable to organise images anyway. They are just the containers, nothing more. Let's suppose that you organise by folders and you have top folders like 'Family' and 'Vacation'. Where are you going to store the photos of your family on vacation?

If you organise by collections, you'll never have to rename a folder ever again. My folder panel is closed 99% of the time and I have a 160,000 images catalog.
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Colin McDonald

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I'm sorry, but that is just rubbish.

Your way of working suits you, my way of working suits me. There is NO Right way to work. Only lots of different ways that suit each users different needs, experience and knowledge. LR is trying to cover all. Dismissing a request because it doesn't suit your way of working, is a short sighted knee-jerk reaction.

I use date based folders and collections and smart collections in probably equal proportions.

I also have many family members supplying me with family images shot on a wide range of different cameras (phones, tablets and digital cameras). I have family holidays sorted by date, so I know exactly where each year's holiday images will be in its entirety. I then have a mix of collections and smart collections to pull out images I want, as well. But each method has its advantages and did-advantages.

So please do not try and tell me that your way is the best and/or only way.

Incidentally, can I assume that your "bottom line" comment would also suggest that there is no need to find missing files either?

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It's not rubbish, it's what every Lightroom book (not only the ones I've written) will tell you. But of course you don't have to use it if you don't want to.
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Sorry. You are missing the point. Not every user has the knowledge, the time, or the skills which you have obviously learned. Your way of working is right for you.

My way of working is right for me. And every book I have seen (presumably less than you have) says that the best way is the way that works for you.

Is there an optimum way to work? I'm sure there is. But every wedding, travel, stock etc photographer will have his or her own views and tweaks on what that optimum might be.

I happen to favour a starting point of date based folders which I then tidy into topic based folders for that date (or in reality a group of dates). That works for me.

I would also argue that a date based folder is EXACTLY what you are using when you use collections. My folder may be less flexible, but it is a collection based on a criteria I have selected which identifies a group of images. Sounds pretty much like the definition of a collection to me. Sure it's less flexible but its still a collection!

So please humour us amateurs who do not have the time to spend hours learning complex products. That's why we come to forums like this. We want/need help, and usually we appreciate it. I'm pretty sure that if you check previous posts of mine in help groups, you will see that I have acknowledged and thanked all who contribute. I hope I have done it every time, because I appreciate help from those who are, more experienced. Unlike many questioners, I even try and do my own research before posing forum questions, because that is the best way to learn.

But please do not dismiss us just because we cannot  work in the same way as you!

All I proposed was an idea that would help me in the way I work, and I believe it would help some, maybe many, others as well. It does not deserve scorn because you do not work that way!