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Using Lightroom on Two Computers


My main Lightroom catalog is on a desktop Windows machine in my home studio, but I travel with a MacBook Pro, and use the laptop computer for working with Lightroom on the road. In this video, I’ll discuss the way I merge photos from my remote shoots back into my main Lightroom catalog.

In order to do this, I use Lightroom’s “Export as Catalog” and “Import from another Catalog” features to transfer and merge my two separate catalogs into one.

Keep in mind that this is one of a number of possible strategies, but it is the one that works for me.


About Michael Hoffman (224 Articles)
Mike has been a photographer, artist, educator, and technophile for most of his life. Early in his career, he created technical illustrations and photographs for electronic equipment manufacturers, and taught classes in computer aided drafting and 3D modeling software. When digital cameras became widely available in the late 1990s, the move was a natural one, and has led to a happy combination of technology, software, photography and art. Mike is an Adobe Certified Expert in Photoshop and Acrobat, and is well versed in Lightroom and Photoshop Elements, as well as Illustrator and InDesign. He has also contributed his time and efforts to the excellent work being done by Operation Photo Rescue, in restoring photographs damaged by natural disasters. As an active member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, he continues his quest for excellence in art, excellence in design, and excellence in education.

1 Comment on Using Lightroom on Two Computers

  1. Martin Winstanley // 20/03/2014 at 5:42 pm //

    Thanks Michael, I found that very interesting. I was wondering if your future videos would be covering moving a whole picture file and working with an external drive. I was thinking of moving my photos from my MBP hard drive to a portable drive and working from that. I must admit though the process is a worry to me, I’d hate to lose my images. Thanks again.

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