Matt Kloskowksi travels the world teaching people how to integrate their photography and Lightroom. He writes a blog at which features tips, tutorials, and weekly content about how to improve your Lightroom workflow.

From Matt’s blog: I figured I’d pick off another common question I get during this week’s video. It deals with what happens to your JPEGs when you shoot in the Raw+JPEG mode on your camera. I always get lots of questions from people that say they shoot Raw+JPEG but Lightroom is ignoring them. Actually, its supposed to. See, Lightroom has a preference setting that lets you tell it what to do with the JPEG files. We’ll take a look at it in this video.

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  2. Ed (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    Matt Great to the point explanation.

    I Started w/ Aperture 2 first then went to LR 2 — I have LR3, Aperture 3, CS4 (32 bit) and cs5 Extended with onONe and Nik suites plugins. NOTE: Disappointed NIK changes Capture time randomly. Trying to learn what all tools & software I have to work with. Yesterday December 15
    , ’10, in Portland Oregon attended Kelby Training on CS5 — instructor Bert Monroy was
    more than FANTASTIC !!!

    I have 12 TB of pictures since 2006.***
    I am new to all Photoshop products as of about early 2010, so the learning curve is exponential ; = )) Went from PC to mac pro desk top in Nov 2008; and, I am trying to decide my work flow from camera to print or web, including color spaces etc. Just Started processing in ACR 6.3 in CS5 ext and using bridge —
    I Wish they had training course from shoot to finish on a simple portrait or/landscape picture, including color space and backups and archiving and copyrighting… Seems when I ask this of different photographers, no real set method, which I find interesting but confusing. I am looking for a good backup program ( so I can backup when I want ) and looking for ideas on some hot swap external disk system ideas. Thanks Ed

  3. Jan Kabili (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    Great tip Matt.

  4. James Ciminera (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    Don’t know what I would do without you Matt : )

    Jim Cim

  5. Peter (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    is this still the case for LR 3.3 I have noticed that when I do the same as above there is a display the says xxxxx.NEF+JPG

  6. Kees-Jan van Overbeeke (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    I don’t agree, if the preference is not set LR still imports both files, but shows them as a special kind of stack. Please look in your folder after import and you’ll see both file types. I’m interested in this function, but have trouble deleting the jpg’s after a while, when their not useful anymore.

    • Brian (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

      Exactly – I thought there was some kind of stacking of the RAW + JPG image when you import them both? I’ll have to try to verify this alter but would love to know.

  7. Pixels on the Wall (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    Hmmmm. In the past LR seemed to treat them in a similar manner to a “siidecar” and in fact was “Following” the jpg file. If the jpg was deleted, LR would show the “?”. after this mess, I had to tell LR to “Forget” these jpgs I no longer shoot RAW+JPG. Maybe now I can try again and leave the option unchecked so that I don’t have this issue anymore.

  8. Steve (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    Ok, I tried this, only the RAW files are displayed in the Library view, and as per above comment there’s some text which indicates RAW + JPG above each thumbnail. The JPG files definitely reside in the folder along with the RAW files. My question is, how can I view, edit or manipulate these JPG files in LR?

    Another use for shooting RAW + JPG, learning purposes and eventual transition to RAW only.

  9. Hylon Plumb (Reply) on Thursday December 9, 2010

    Time Machine is easiest backup program to use. It is included with Mac OS X Leopard and Snow Leopard. Time Machine is reason enough to switch to Mac.

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