How to backup only 4 and 5 star images from Lightroom to Dropbox?

2 months 1 week ago #683234 by Photo Mojo
I have nearly 20,000 images on this computer and don't car to backup all of them.  However 4 and 5 star ranked images yes.  So if I wanted to backup only 4 and 5 star images from Lightroom to Dropbox, how could this be done?


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2 months 1 week ago #683237 by garyrhook
You need to use a collection. The default LR installation includes a collection set that has a "Five Star Images" collection within it. I think it's even automatic in collecting images.

If you right-click on that collection, there's an option to save the collection as a catalog (which is that you really want to do?)  Write the files out to a new directory, then copy that directory to the server.

If you only want the files, you'll also want to write metadata out. Create the catalog, then open that, go to Library grid mode, select all (control-A), then write data (control-S). Then back up the files form the catalog folder.


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2 months 1 week ago #683239 by Photo Mojo
I'm in my car right now, but when I get back to my computer I will look into what you suggested, thank you.  

"The default LR installation includes a collection set that has a "Five Star Images" collection within it"

Was this an example?  Or will they have a '4' star option as well?  

Again, thank you. 


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2 months 1 week ago #683240 by garyrhook

Photo Mojo wrote: Was this an example?  Or will they have a '4' star option as well?


Yes, an example of a smart collection. You should be able to edit it, or derive another from it.


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