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How to Handle RAW+JPEG in Lightroom? {Part 3}

If you choose to shoot both RAW and JPEG, you know that you are going to have LOTS of images to deal with.  The good news is that Lightroom can handle the duplicate files for you. Choose between these options or feel free to try them all out to figure out what works for you.  I am sure one of these methods will help you effectively handle importing both a RAW and a JPEG file.

1. Import ALL the Photos, but ONLY SEE the RAW files in Lightroom.

By making sure that the box below is unchecked, you will ensure that Lightroom imports ALL your photos but only shows you the RAW files in Lightroom.  Lightroom treats the JPEG as a file attached to the RAW one.  If you move the RAW file then you will move the JPEG.  If you delete the RAW file then you will also delete the JPEG file.

To get to this setting, go to Edit>Preferences on a PC and Lightroom>Preferences on a Mac.  Make sure the “General” tab is selected.

2. Import ALL the Photos and SEE ALL the Photos.

By checking the box above, you will ensure that Lightroom imports AND sees both the RAW and JPEG file.  Upon import, they will both be in the same folder.  I would recommend sorting them into two different folders.

Sorting them is pretty easy to do using the Filter Bar in the Library Module to sort out the JPEGs.  Create a new folder within your folder and select all the JPEGs and drag them to the new folder.

3. Use Lightroom’s Stacking Feature to Manage Duplicates

Lightroom has a feature that allows you to stack photos together based on capture time.  Since both the RAW file and the JPEG file will have been captured at the exact same time, it is easy to force them together in a stack.  Both the RAW and the JPEG will still be in the same folder just like when you imported them, however, the RAW and its JPEG will be stacked together.  You will be able to choose to see both at any time and you can also choose which photo is on the top of the stack.

First go to Photo and hover over “stacking.”  From the new menu, choose “Auto-Stack by Capture Time.”  In the box that pops up make sure the arrow is set to 0:00:00.

To choose which file to have on top, right-click over the photos.  From the menu that pops up, hover over “Stacking.”  This will open a list of options to choose from.

The only downside to this method comes if you are take LOTS of photos in quick succession.  It is possible that you could end up with more than just your RAW+JPEG photos stacked together if you took many in the same second (i.e burst shooting, etc.)

Hopefully, one of these methods will help you organize your photos when shooting RAW+JPEG.

Happy Organizing!

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