This Lightroom Podcast is in answer to the questions: How do I make duplicate images in Lightroom and name them with unique names so I can show them to a client and be able to keep them separated?

This is basically a question of when you should use a virtual copy vs a DNG copy. So here is the answer.

Making Virtual Copies vs. DNG Copies in Lightroom 3 from Jared Platt on Vimeo.

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About Jared Platt

photographer jared plattJared Platt is a professional photographer and photographic educator. He studied photography at Arizona State University where he earned his undergraduate and masters degrees in Photography. He teaches college photography courses as well as workshops for professional photographers and provides online education for photographers and photo enthusiast throughout the world.

1 comment

  • Don says:

    Hmmm, still don’t see a reason to create duplicate files. By using virtual copies, you can edit to your heart’s content, make as many variations as you need for client approval and when you export them for client review, rename the files to reflect the differences. When you client chooses one of the directions, simply choose that virtual copy and make it the master by selecting “Set copy as master” under the Photo menu in the Library. All done within the database and without making duplicate files.

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