Unnowingly using multiple Lightroom catalogs is dangerous.

Make sure you always know what catalog you’re working in. If you accidentally do some of your photo work in one catalog, and more work in another catalog, you stand a good chance of losing some of that work.

Most photographers can work with just one master catalog. If you need to separate personal from work photography, that makes sense for multiple catalogs. But again, always know what catalog file you have open in Lightroom!

To open a different catalog:

When Lightroom is running, you can use the Open Catalog… command (File menu) to find and open a specific catalog. Or hold Option/Alt while starting Lightroom.

Use OS X or Windows search functions to find all the catalogs on your system and get rid of unnecessary ones. And back up the important ones.

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