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Exposure’s migration tool enables you to easily bring over information from a Lightroom catalog, which is helpful if you’ve got an extensive Lightroom image collection you want to migrate to Exposure. This video walks you through the process of using it.

Photos: Halftone Studios


Here in my Lightroom Library, I’ve got the images in my catalog displayed. Notice the various kinds of metadata I’ve applied to them; flags, ratings, color labels, keywords, and more.

When I installed Exposure, it detected Lightroom on my computer and automatically installed the migration plug-in.

Under File>Plug-in Extras, I see the Migrate Catalog to Exposure option. I’ll select that. The Lightroom to Exposure dialog is where I set my migration options.

Exposure can migrate your culling and naming metadata and some of your basic adjustments, like cropping and rotating. You can find more details about exactly what information is migrated on our website.

The migration tool isn’t able to transfer information from Lightroom’s editing panels in the Develop module, such as Basic and Tone Curve. But it can optionally export photos with those edits applied, either as a TIFF or JPG file.

Export a Copy of Adjusted Images enables you to pick the file type, color space, bit depth, and resolution for those images that you have made visual adjustments to in Lightroom.

With this option selected, Lightroom will export a copy of the image with the Lightroom edits applied next to the original file. This is helpful because this additional adjusted image can serve as a visual reference if you wish to recreate that look using Exposure’s editing tools.

In Exposure after you’ve migrated the images, you can identify the adjusted version by “_migrated” in the file name.

This step is optional but well worth doing if you want to recreate the look of any images you’ve made visual adjustments to in Lightroom.

Export Keyword Library enables you to migrate all of the keywords in Lightroom’s keyword list, including those that haven’t been applied to an image. If you think you’ll want to use any of these keywords on future images, it’s a good idea to check this, so that they are added to Exposure’s keyword list. I’ll enable it. With all my settings complete, I’ll click Migrate.

Exposure opens, and the Migration Report dialog informs me what will be created in Exposure.

Exposure has detected that some of the folders I’ll be migrating from Lightroom already have had changes made to them in Exposure. It will not apply any Lightroom metadata that would overwrite these changes.

In the migration report, I see the folders from the Lightroom Folders panel that will be added to Exposure’s Folders panel, where they are called “bookmarks.”

I’ll click OK.

In Exposure’s grid, I now see my migrated images. These include the original images and the adjusted TIFF versions that have “_migrated” in their filename.

The organizing metadata for each image has carried over into Exposure. I see the colors, flags, ratings, and keywords that I originally applied to my images.

Over in Exposure’s Metadata panel, I see the metadata fields have also been populated with my personal info. As well as my applied keywords and my additional keywords in my keyword library, which appear in the Migrated Keywords list. Notice that they’ve also retained their hierarchy. I also see the migrated collections in Exposure’s Collections.