Lightroom CC: Support sidecar JPEGs for raw files

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Lightroom Classic hides JPEGs when there is an accompanying RAW file. The majority of photographers - even amateur - import JPEGs alongside the RAW files. This will need to be supported for a lot of people to consider the switch.
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Berry Phillips

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Bhargav, Official Rep

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Hi Berry,

Di you try checking "Treat JPEG files next to RAW files as separate photos"?
If not, try checking the box. By default, it is disabled.
Lightroom -> Preferences -> General -> Treat JPEG files next to RAW files as separate photos

Thanks,
Bhargav
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Berry Phillips

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Thanks for the reply. I'm not seeing it in CC. Are you referring to Lightroom Classic, or CC? I just noticed I accidentally added Classic category to this post as well...
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Berry Phillips

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Lightroom CC only issue, not Classic. Maybe a mod could remove this post from the Classic category?
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Julie Kmoch, Sr. Development Manager

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Thanks for the input, Berry. We hesitated on this one, not knowing how people would want to handle the storage. Given that there are limits on cloud storage, would you want the sidecar JPEGs backed up?
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Berry Phillips

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I personally would like the JPEGs backed up and hidden in the interface. If I really were to run out of capacity then I would be forced to rethink my storage strategy. Until then I really would like to have the JPEGs backed up.

Could this not be controlled by the same setting that Lightroom Classic has: `Treat JPEG files next to RAW files as separate photos`?

It's worth noting that Adobe's own DNG format embeds JPEGs in the file itself, so you wouldn't have a reasonable option to save space in the way you have mentioned.
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Berry Phillips

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Also, for those who do not want to backup the JPEGs it would be very useful to have the option to exclude JPEGs during the import, so users don't have to go through all the files selecting only the RAWs.
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Mike Dunford

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I just discovered this issue (sidecars are apparently either absent by default or hidden when a catalog is migrated). Fortunately, I found it before importing a huge batch of with-sidecar files and can take steps to mitigate the issue when dealing with the rest of my (large) planned imports. 

For me, shooting the RAW+JPEG combination has been one of many backups. Once things are in Lightroom, it's probably unnecessary to have both, and I can see myself hitting my current 1 TB cap within 18-24 months from now, so I'm happy to exclude them.

But I agree fully with Berry on having an in-app method for excluding JPEGs. The files I'm importing are currently in folders sorted by month and, even if it's just because I'm a creature of habit, I'm probably not going to stop shooting with sidecars any time soon. That means I'm going to have to put extra steps into my workflow to exclude the jpgs - sort by file type to select only RAW files, and double check to make sure there weren't any times in the session/month when I was shooting JPEG-only.
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Tom Myers

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I would really like the option to choose the behavior here too.
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Paolo Fulgoni

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My phone can take JPEG+RAW but not RAW only. So in Lightroom CC I'd like to import RAW only and ignore the JPEG files with the same filename.
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The main problem we encountered here is that lightroom cc will offer importing jpeg and raw separately. We'd love if we could just instruct lightroom cc to ignore jpeg files during import if there is raw counterpart.
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