November 18, 2011
When importing images from a card, you can choose to “Copy as DNG” or simply “Copy” the files (and then convert to DNG later in your workflow). The reason that I choose to convert my RAW files to DNG after I finish editing my shoot is because I often delete several photographs from a shoot (perhaps as many as 25%). So for my workflow, it doesn’t make sense to waste the time converting the files that I will later trash: I prefer to select Library > Convert to DNG when I am finished editing the shoot.
Of course, if you never delete any photos, then it might make more sense for you to choose “Copy as DNG” on import.
November 17, 2011
I am often asked “What is the preferred method for loading several years of images into Lightroom?”. Personally, I would choose Import (Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + I), select the parent folder, choose to ADD them (assuming that they are already in the desired location) set the desired File Handling, and Apply During Import options, and choose Import.
For example, I might have a folder named “Photographs” on my drive (maybe it’s on an internal drive but more than likely all of those photos are on an external drive). Inside the “Photographs” folder I would have all of my images organized into subfolders by year (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 etc.). Instead of importing each year, I can simply select the parent folder (Photographs). By default, all of the subfolders will automatically be imported (if you do not see the photos in the middle section be sure to check the option to “Include Subfolders” in the Source area). Since I wouldn’t want to move the files (they are already on the drive where I want them), I will choose “Add” (at the top-center of the import dialog). If needed, I can always move them later.
I would assume that this would be a large collection of images so I would suggest doing this before you go to bed and let Lightroom render the image previews overnight. I would use the “Apply During Import” panel to create and apply a metadata template with my copyright and contact information but of course you can always do this to subsets of images at a later time as well.
November 16, 2011
In this episode of the Complete Picture, (The Two Most Common Methods for Importing Files into Lightroom), Julieanne Kost demonstrates the two most frequent methods for importing files into Lightroom. She discusses the advantages of each workflow, whether you’re importing directly from a card or importing images already copied to a specific location on your hard drive.
November 11, 2011
It is not possible to import images from a card and have Lightroom erase the files on the original card. Lightroom can eject the card after import and from there, you should reformat the card in camera – after you know that all of your images copied properly AND you have created at least one backup of the files.
September 20, 2011
When importing files into Lightroom and choosing either “Copy” or “Copy as DNG” there is an option under File Handling to “Make a Second Copy To”, which sometimes gives unanticipated results. Let me explain. The “Make a Second Copy to” feature was created for photographers who wanted a simple way to create a secondary copy of the original files on import – a copy of the originals is what’s key here. They want these files in their “pure” state – without any software making ANY changes to them.
So, if you make changes to the files when importing them (renaming, adding metadata etc.), the changes will only be made to the imported files – not the second copy.
Unfortunately, for those of you who want a copy of the converted files (which have been renamed, metadata added etc.), this can not happen during the Import stage (not that it would be impossible to do at some point in the future, but it’s currently not possible through Lightroom).
Perhaps this would be a great time to remind everyone that if you want to request a feature, the best place to do that is here… http://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family
August 30, 2011
Here are some shortcuts/ tips to keep in mind while working tethered:
• When shooting tethered, (File > Tethered Capture > Start Tethered Capture) make any necessary adjustments to first capture, then in the Tethered Capture window, under Develop Settings choose “Same as Previous” to apply to subsequent images.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + T hides/shows the Tether Capture Window.
• Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + T creates a “New Shot” (this doesn’t capture a photo, but creates a new folder – or Shot to capture to).
• Click the a/z (sort direction) icon in the Library’s Tool bar to sort ascending/ descending or vice versa. This works well when you want to see the more recent captures at the top of the Grid view.
August 16, 2011
If you have forgotten to apply a metadata template when importing images into Lightroom, you can always apply it in the Library Module. To do so, select the images in the Grid view (in the Library module), and choose the desired template from the Preset drop down in the Metadata panel.
This is not only a good wayto add a “forgotten” metadata template but also to assign a more image-specific template to a subset of images. For example, you may have slightly different templates to apply different “Image Usage Rights” or other information to a subset of images.
August 15, 2011
Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + Shift + I displays the Import dialog regardless of the module.
January 3, 2011
In the Library and Develop modules, set your preferred zoom views to either Fit or Fill and 1:1 or Custom Zoom by clicking on the preferred option in the Navigator panel’s header. Then, use the Spacebar to zoom between your preferred zoom views (or click with the Zoom tool while in Loupe view).
You can also use the Command (Mac) / Control (Win) + “+” or “-” (plus or minus) toggles through all zoom levels (from Grid to Fit, Fill, 1:1 and Custom zoom).
December 10, 2010
There may be times when due to time or other constraints, you may only want to import some of the files from a card or from a folder. To do so, simply uncheck the ones that you don’t want in the Grid view. If, for example, you only want to import 5 out of 100 images, click the “Uncheck All” button, select the desired images, and then click the box on the upper right of the image in Grid view to make them as checked. Note: all selected images will be checked. You can also use the Sort option (at the bottom of the grid area) to display your checked images at the top of the grid.
New to LR 3.3 is also the ability to View All photos, New Photos and Destination Folders. The Destination Folders option is fantastic for viewing how the images will be grouped when using the date to organize the destination of your files.
December 9, 2010
New to Lightroom 3 is the ability to view images in the Import dialog at 1:1 (100%). Use the same shortcuts as in the Library module – G for grid and E for Loupe (or enlarge) or use the icons at the lower left of the preview area in the tool bar. Once in Loupe view, you will automatically be given the zoom tool to view at 1:1 (100%) to check focus.
December 8, 2010
Double click on any folder in either the Source or Destination panels in the Import dialog in order to “Doc” that folder and remove unneeded folders from being displayed. To display the contents of a folder, click the disclosure triangle to the left of the folder name.
December 7, 2010
To help minimize mistakes throughout your workflow, you can set up your favorite way to import files into Lightroom and then save them as presets. To do this, select your source on the left, by choosing your card reader, navigating through connected drives or by using the downward facing arrow to select from common locations. Then select how you want to import the files (Copy as DNG, Add etc.) and choose the options that make sense for your workflow on the right (Adding metadata, renaming files etc.). When finished, click “None” in the Import Preset drop down menu (at the bottom-center of the window) to save your settings as a new preset.
After defining your preset(s), you may want to tap the Tab key to display the window in it’s “Compact” format for ease of use on subsequent imports (where you can make changes such as keywords and metadata with out having to return to Expanded view).
And don’t forget, you can choose to eject or un-mount a volume from your system after import (using the checkmark next to the volume), and preview the size of the import using the File Size indicator in the lower left of the window.
December 6, 2010
Tapping the Tab key while in the Import dialog, toggles between Compact and Expanded view (or click the small triangle in the lower left of the Import window).
September 13, 2010
In part 1 of this 2-part episode I will demonstrate how streamline Lightroom 3 by taking advantage of presets, templates, collections, virtual copies (and more) in order to eliminate much of the repetitive post-capture tasks such as importing, tagging, developing, exporting and sharing photographs. Watch the video here…