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Thursday, 09 November 2023 00:12

Adobe Lightroom - Finding Previous Import

I read recently online, someone asking for help to find previously imported images in Adobe Lightroom. They had set a location, imported and after changing folders couldn't find where they had imported images to.

It sounds like a simple fix, and in a way it is, but sometimes it can be confusing and until you get to know your software there is that time when this kind of thing can occur - is it on an external drive, date based folders or all thrown together in one big folder? Or indeed a combination of these.

Thankfully Lightroom has a few ways of helping out in this case.


I'm in a folder in Lightroom, but not the images I'm looking for
I'm in a folder in Lightroom, but not the images I'm looking for
  • Go to Library (G) or Loupe (E) view and in the Catalog panel on the left column look for Previous Import, this will bring you to your most recent import.


Previous Import in Adobe Lightroom
Previous Import in Adobe Lightroom
  • And if you need to find the location that these images are stored in, right click on any of the images and choose Show in Explorer


Adobe Lightroom - Right Click > Show in ExplorerAdobe Lightroom - Right Click > Show in Explorer
  • This will bring up in Windows Explorer the actual folder that the images are stored in.

That's it, now you know how to find your most recently imported images in Adobe Lightroom, like this one of a colourful autumnal woodland path from Ireland.


Sometimes when working with images in Adobe Lightroom Classic, it is preferable to group similar images together into a stack so that all of the images are on top of each other with one on top.

In this case, I have been working on images taken in an exposure bracket or maybe if you had a sequence for focus bracketing.

Here there are five images taken with different exposures to give a final image with a wider dynamic range, or HDR and after processing these to create the HDR image I don't need to see the five source images.

Usually when processing in this way it is possible to have Lightroom group the images into a stack automatically.

But on occasions, either when forgetting to do so, or as in my case Lightroom failed to create the stack automatically, it is possible to add images into a stack manually.

Here are the steps to group images into a stack in Lightroom with Grid view (images below):

  1. Select your images, here I have the five source images and one HDR image so six in total

  2. Right click on the selection

  3. In the context menu choose Stacking, then Group into Stack

  4. That's it, or you can use the CTRL-G shortcut after selecting images

  5. To expand the stack, click on the number badge at the top left

  6. Right click on the number badge to bring up a context menu that offers options to manage the stacks

After photographing a rock concert last night in Dublin, I added my images to Lightroom Classic and wanted to process a number of files in DxO PureRaw.

To do this of course, I had to select and make note of the images - yes, I know that DxO have just released PureRAW2 that allows you to do this inside of Lightroom.

For some this can be difficult to do with many images to process.

In Adobe Lightroom Classic's Library grid view it can be difficult to find or see filenames depending on your settings.

Wednesday, 03 March 2021 23:27

Adobe Lightroom Classic - Using Smart Previews

We all get to the stage where images are stored on different drives and sometimes we won't have access to those drives.

Especially when working on a laptop, a desk drive might be in a different location and the images on it temporarily inaccessible.

Lightroom has a handy feature for this very situation, called Smart Previews.

Smart Previews allow you to edit images when Lightroom can't access the original file, it contains all of your edits to the file made when the image was accessible.

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