In this episode of The Complete Picture (Tethered Capture with Lightroom 5), Julieanne walks though setting up the Tethered capture setting in Lightroom and demonstrates how to automatically apply develop settings and presets as well as sort by descending order to view the most recently taken photograph.
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Lightroom 2-5 supports photos up to 65,000 pixels long or wide or up to 512 megapixels, whichever is smaller.
Note: Lightroom 1 imports photos up to 10,000 x 10,000 pixels.
Lightroom has the ability to automatically import files using a watched folder. To enable this feature, in the Library module, choose File > Auto Import and customize the Auto Import settings. This might be an alternative to tethered capture if your camera is not supported (although auto import can only copy files to a single, flat folder as its destination).
I often download files into a folder, import them into Lightroom and then find that I have additional files to add to that folder. When this happens, I simply copy the additional files into that folder using the operating system. Then, in Lightroom, I Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the folder in the Folder panel and choose Synchronize Folder (or choose Library > Synchronize Folder). In the Synchronize folder dialog, you can choose to display the import dialog to add additional metadata or toggle it off and add any necessary metadata in the Library module.
There is a new Preference in Lightroom to control whether or not Lightroom displays the files as they are being imported. Choosing Preferences > General > Import Options and checking “Select the ‘Current/Previous Import’ Collection During Import” tells Lightroom to display the images being imported (by revealing that collection in the Catalog Panel in the Library module). If you uncheck the preference, Lightroom will keep the focus on the last previously viewed images (prior to Import), avoiding any interruption by switching folders/collections.
In this video tutorial (Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5), Julieanne will reveal how to quickly download and import your images into Lightroom. Then, you can decide which method is the most efficient for your workflow.
Lightroom 5 will now import PNG files. Areas that are transparent in a PNG will appear as white in Lightroom. And, if you select a PNG file in Lightroom and choose Photo > Edit In > Edit In Photoshop, Lightroom will retain the PNG’s transparency. Note: the PNG will be open in Photoshop as either to a TIFF or PSD file in Photoshop, based on Lightroom’s External Editing preferences.
In this video tutorial (Top 10 Hidden Gems in Lightroom 5), you’ll learn the additional, seldom talked about, features in Lightroom 5 that can make a huge difference in the way that you work with your images.
There are a number of file types that Lightroom supports including an extensive list of Camera Raw Formats (for a complete list click here), DNG, JPEG PSD, TIFF, and AVI, MOV, MP4, AVCHD and other digital video files from digital still cameras (click here for a complete list). But every once in a while, I run into a file that Lightroom can’t open because there are a few exceptions:
• PNG (although they can be used for Identity Plates, Watermarks and Layout Overlay).
• Nikon scanner NEF.
• Files that have the longest dimension greater than 65,000 pixels or are larger than 512 megapixels.
• PSD files saved without Maximize PSD and PSB File Compatibility turned on in the File Handling Preferences.
• 32 bit PSD files.
When importing files, if you check the box “Don’t import suspected duplicates” , Lightroom searches the entire catalog (regardless of path). The comparison logic includes items such as name, file size, and time stamp (+/- 1 minute).
In the Library module, holding the Option (Mac) | Alt (Win) key toggles the Import and Export buttons (at the bottom of the panels) to “Import Catalog” and “Export Catalog”.
In this quick tip (Synchronizing Photos in Lightroom), you’ll learn how to synchronize a folder so that Lightroom can add new photos to a previously imported folder.
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.
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.
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.