You traveled with a laptop and used Lightroom on this laptop to import and work on your photos while you were on the road. Now you’re back home and you’re wondering how to get the photos along with your work (flags, stars, keywords, editing, etc) into your main Lightroom catalog on your desktop computer.
In this video tutorial from my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series I show you how to transfer your Lightroom work and your photos.
(For best quality, after clicking on Play, click on the sprocket wheel in the bottom right and choose HD. Quality is better in the actual Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond videos.)
Note that this technique isn’t the one to use if you have purchased a new computer and want to get everything transferred over from your old one – read instead Victoria Bampton’s article on moving to a new computer. It’s also not the best technique if you regularly use two computers and don’t mind carrying an external drive – in this case, put your catalog and your photos on the external drive. (Here’s an article on this approach, but it’s covered more in depth in my Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond video series.)