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Masters vs. Previews (Few masters deleted)

251 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Feb 26, 2013 8:01 AM by LarryHN RSS
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Feb 25, 2013 10:44 PM

So, I made a few bonehead errors. I'm moving away from iPhoto and putting my library into Lightroom. I made a few erros by 1 not copying a few months of pictures I instead moved them (error number 1), then secondly when I deleted photos from Lightroom that didn't import to correct folder I deleted them (not realizing I had "add" rather than copy on. So when I deleted them from trash there were gone... permenantly. So, thankfully I've run into the Previews fold which seems ot have the same photos which I now ask... what is the difference? What will I be missing? I'd say at this point just having the photos at all will be a huge plus, then quality. None of the photos have been edited since import so are they in a sense "orginals"?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), 2012 13" Base
  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,075 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 10:54 PM (in response to Drewzers)

    with iPhoto '11 the originals folder has alaises pointing to the original photos in the masters folder

    The masters folder has an exact copy of the original photo

    the preview folder has a JPEG of the current version of the original folder and depending on the situation may be the same as the original or different (for a RAW original it is the processed JPEG - for an edited photo it is the edited version



  • Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (121,900 points)
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    Feb 25, 2013 11:16 PM (in response to Drewzers)

    What's missing? Quality and metadata.






  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,075 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 7:53 AM (in response to Drewzers)

    Obvipously I was speaking in general since you gave no speifics - dependign on spcifics you may not have an originals folder - if you do and if you have iPhoto '11 then it contains alaises and the masters folder contains the photos



  • LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (55,075 points)
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    Feb 26, 2013 8:01 AM (in response to Drewzers)





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