by Julieanne Kost

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November 30, 2012

The other day I needed to scan several hundred photographs when I remembered a tip that Kevin Connor suggested. To increase productivity, instead of scanning each image individually (because this can take a long time if you have lots of little photos), place as many images as you can on the scanner and scan them all at once. Then, import those scans into Lightoom, Create Virtual copies for each individual image, and refine as needed.


  • By Paul_C - 8:23 AM on December 3, 2012  

    This is a great tip that can be used in lots of ways. I love the fact that the Virtual Copies will occupy almost no disk space at all and that global changes resulting from the scanner characteristics can be dealt with at the start to the undivided image, with just local adjustments to each separate part after dividing it up.

    Don’t forget that each VC can be given a unique bit of metadata/copy_name and this used if then printing a contact sheet. I suppose this technique with VCs could be used to extract thumbnails of each of the faces from a large wedding group portrait.

    Julieanne… when we use CTRL+S to save the metadata to the file will a DNG be able to keep track of each of the virtual copies in its single DNG master-file structure or does that just remain in the Lightroom database?

    • By Jeffrey Tranberry - 9:47 AM on December 5, 2012  

      Virtual Copy relationships are only stored in the Lightroom Database.

      • By Paul_C - 1:30 AM on December 6, 2012  

        Thanks, that is helpful as it informs my backup and master catalogue strategies

  • By Anthony Edge - 10:34 PM on December 12, 2012  

    I’ve been putting off scanning my childhood photo albums.
    No excuse now!
    Thanks for the tip!