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We're celebrating Christmas a week early with Lara's family.  So I'll be turning off posting in the classes from Monday morning to Wednesday evening next week (17th-19th) (approx Sunday evening to Wednesday morning USA time).  I look forward to seeing your photos in class for the rest of this week, and over the weekend, as usual.

alroy257

Switch from Lightroom to Bridge

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I'm trying to get away from Lightroom.  I currently have several active collections in lightroom that I need to transfer to Bridge in order to make the switch.  Any suggestions on how to tag or mark images in lightroom so that they can be found and put into a collection in Bridge?  Star ratings won't work for me as I have used ratings for years in lightroom.  I am uncertain if color labels in lightroom can be "seen" in bridge.

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1 hour ago, alroy257 said:

Yes, it's turned on.

Terrific.

1 hour ago, alroy257 said:

But I have been converting to DNG - does that matter?

No, it doesn't matter.  I mean, I don't recommend it, because of backups, but it's not a "problem" at all.

6 hours ago, alroy257 said:

I am uncertain if color labels in lightroom can be "seen" in bridge.

There's no need to be uncertain.  Just check!  Open Bridge, navigate to the folder of files, and see what you can see.

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So, I CAN see the labels ONLY if I am in individual files.  I can not see them if I am in a higher level file that has files within it.  Functionally - to re-sort my collections by going file by file would take a crazy amount of time.  How can I see these labels without doing this?  Heck, I'm even just noticing now that I can't even see my 5 star ratings without going into individual files within bridge.  Because of how I structure my files (days within months within years) and how often I shoot I really need to be able to sort by labels and ratings for those higher level files (year).  

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So, as I play around I am noticing something.  I created a smart collection that should be catching all the labeled photos.  It is picking up the labels AFTER I open that file within bridge - but not until the file has been individually opened.  Do I need to tell bridge to collect metadata again or something to catch the updates?

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3 hours ago, alroy257 said:

So, I CAN see the labels ONLY if I am in individual files.  I can not see them if I am in a higher level file that has files within it.

Can you explain this further?  I don't understand.

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I was wrong anyway.  Bridge just isn't finding the labels.  It seems to be finding a few randoms ones but not all of them and I'm not sure why.

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It's not finding all my labeled images.  I labeled 107 images as green in lightroom and only 13 are showing in Bridge.  

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Bummer.

We need to know what they have in common.  Is it their date?  I see they're all 14th June in your screenshot.

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Ugh.  They have nothing in common.  They are from throughout several years.  It's collections of favorite photos of my family and kids that I put together for photobooks.  I was trying to give them the label to make that what was common about them.  If I can't move my collections over from lightroom I may be stuck using it as I access these collections frequently.  They go all the way back to 2009.  

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Is it only the labels that are lost?  I mean, if you open an old raw file into ACR, are your lightroom edits applied ok?

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I am going to do my best to describe what I am finding now.  

I created a smart collection within bridge to find all my green labeled images.  I labeled them green from a collection within lightroom.  The smart collection only finds the green labeled items that are within folders that I manually opened within bridge.  If I have not directly opened the file within bridge it does not find the green labeled images within that file.  Once I open the individual file then any green labeled images within that file suddenly start showing up within my smart collection in bridge.  

And yes - other lightroom changes are appearing in bridge - only the labels seem to not be working well.

 

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Any thoughts on how to make this happen without opening individual files?  While this will be possible to make the switch it will take a loooooong time.  Many of my images are contained within several collections so I will need to remove labels, add labels to new collections and reopen all these files many times.

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When you say "open" do you mean into ACR?

Or do you just mean click on them to view them in the Preview panel of Bridge?

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When I say "open" I am only talking about Bridge.  I am referring to opening the parent folder to individual image files within bridge.  So opening a parent folder for all images I took during a shoot on (for example) 6/5/2018 and saved within the same folder on my computer.  In my last response I should have likely used the work "folder" rather then "file"

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