Use of Catalogs

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dj_paige Senior Member • Posts: 2,399
Re: Use of Catalogs

The catalog does nothing physically to the photo itself...

Since you don't actually specify if you are talking about RAW images or image files in general, Lightroom Classic can save metadata to image files that are not RAW, but it never changes the image portion of the file. Now, we can argue semantics and say "Is it the catalog that is modifying the file, or is it the user who gave the command to modify or save the metadata?" I think it is wise to view it as the user tells Lightroom Classic to modify or save the metadata to the photo files. I run into too many people who think Lightroom Classic does things on its own to the photo files ...

But the image portion of the file ... the actual pixels recorded by the camera ... are never changed by Lightroom Classic.

Do other catalog software have similar rules? I think so, but I can't say 100%.

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