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.
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).
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, 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.
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.
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
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.