Lightroom Photo Import
1 Lightroom Photo Import
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom was developed as a workflow solution for photographers who need to import, organize, edit and output large numbers of images, particularly those in Raw file formats. And as with most software tools, there are multiple ways to go about achieving these goals. In this four-page article I'm going to show you what I consider to be the most efficient workflow for importing and organizing your images in Lightroom.
Lightroom is of course, a database-driven application which stores information about your photos in a 'catalog'. Upon initial installation, this Lightroom catalog is empty. You have to import photos into the catalog before you can do anything with them. Populating a new catalog with images is an ideal opportunity to carefully consider how you want to manage these files and establish a solid, consistent working routine. And the first thing to consider is how and where you will be storing the physical bits of your images.
Most of us have photo libraries that have evolved over time, typically with a folder-based heirarchal organization system. Maybe you have files organized in folders by client or subject name. Or you may have diligently created folders which indicate the capture date. Perhaps you have tried following one of Peter Krogh’s recommendations (as described in The DAM book) and used a 'bucket' system to segregate your master files. Or you may have just ended up with a 'total chaos' system that confusingly encompasses all of these approaches, perhaps with images scattered across multiple hard drives.
Lightroom can adapt pretty well to nearly any way you wish to structure your image storage. Note that the Lightroom catalog does not house your original images; instead it contains links or 'pointers' to where they physically reside on a hard drive or removable storage device. Having said that though, the more methodical and consistent you are in the way you import your photos, the easier things will be as you seek to manage these assets in the future.
My rule of thumb is that the amount of time and effort you put in to organizing your photos should be in proportion to the benefits you hope to accrue. For many hobbyists, simply being consistent in where they store their photos during import, while adding a minimal amount of star ratings and keyword tagging is likely to be sufficient. Those who frequently sell their images, however, may find the need to rigorously apply lots of keywords to their images so they and/or their clients can quickly sort and search through vast numbers of images.
Less is more
No matter which end of this spectrum you fall along, I strongly recommend that you manage all of your images with a single catalog. This is, in fact, how I handle my own photos. It doesn't matter if I am shooting for work or personal use – every photo gets imported into the same Lightroom catalog. You don't want to get in the habit of using catalogs to differentiate images. Lightroom offers tools that are much better suited to accomplish that. One instance where I absolutely do recommend using a separate catalog, however, is when testing pre-release, beta versions of Lightroom.
Lightroom's import dialog
In Lightroom 3 and later, the Import Photos dialog (shown below) has been much improved, making the whole process easier to understand and manage. You have the ability to work in a full screen view and manage the source and destination folders for any type of import.
|The Import Photos dialog lets you easily specify both the source (1) and destination (2) for the images to be imported. You can toggle between full size and condensed views by clicking the 'Show more options' button (in red).|
Jul 20, 2015
Aug 4, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
Jul 29, 2015
|_MG_5100 by tim and jan|
from Welcome to the Saloon!
|The Grimm 11 year old by Ryan Gardner|
from Trick or Treat
|Heron with fish by APenza|
from A Big Year - birds
See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.
Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.
Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.
Go behind the scenes with filmmaker Nick Arcivos, who recently created a beautiful cinematic short film in Paris using only the iPhone X, a couple of gimbals, and a few lights. The results are very impressive.
A Bay Area startup offering a pay-by-the-photo camera service cleverly addresses the pain points photographers experience when they pick up their first DSLR. But can it survive the smartphone?
It's been a big year for software innovations, dual cameras and huge displays. Take a look at our picks for the top smartphone cameras and why we think they stand out.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #7 spot is the ready-for-any-weather Olympus Tough TG-5.
By combining his skills as a time-lapse filmmaker and an engineer, Julian Tryba created this out-of-this-world creative 'layer-lapse' of New York City that alternates between night and day in time with the music.
Canon Japan's new lineup of novelty camera-themed gifts was just revealed online, including a lens mug and lens thermos, two retro camera-themed USB drives, and a picnic mat.
The Profoto A1 most certainly isn’t for everyone [...] But for those who are used to using the Profoto systems, and want something that pairs seamlessly with the strobes you already have, there is no better companion.
Fujifilm has asked a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing, after allegedly being threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid.
While a couple of our reviewers are out testing the Sony a7R III in Arizona, back in Seattle we slapped the camera in front of our studio scene to get a close look at its image quality. See how it stacks up against the competition.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #8 ranking belongs to the Nikon D7500.
B+W has announced a new aluminum filter holder that offers three slots so users can use multiple filters at the same time. The holder goes with the 2mm thick 100mm square filters it launched earlier this year.
8K video is coming a lot faster than you think, and Blackmagic is ready for it. Meet the DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance PCI-E capture and playback card built to handle 'real time high resolution 8K workflows.'
"Glass is everywhere in photography. From Eugène Atget’s reflective vitrines to Lee Friedlander’s sly self-portraiture, photographers have long been in thrall to the visual complications glass can inject into a composition."
Former Apple Aperture lead developer Nik Bhatt has designed an iOS app called RAW Power that lets you edit raw photos from your professional camera using your phone and tablet.... color us intrigued.
Advertising photographer Blair Bunting got his hands on the new Microsoft Surface Book 2, and it blew him away. Bye bye MacBook Pro...
The OnePlus 5T retains many of the 5's features and specs, but comes with an edge-to-edge display and a dual-camera that is optimized for low light.
Sony's recently announced IMX461 backside illuminated medium format sensor will bring 100MP resolution and almost 2x the speed to the next-gen Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D.
With the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ camera equipment renting program, the camera makers is aiming to give enthusiast and professional photographers easier access to its medium-format photography products.
They say seeing is believing, and that's exactly what happened when one DPR staffer took the Google Pixel 2 out for an afternoon shooting under challenging conditions.
We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #9 spot we have the Fujifilm GFX 50S, a medium-format camera that took CP+ 2017 by storm.
Instagram is testing a new feature that lets you follow hashtags in addition to people, making it possible to keep track of your favorite #landscapes or #portraits without leaving your home feed.
Despite the gigantic volume of second hand film bodies in existence, it seems there is still a demand for new 35mm SLRs with a retro feel. The latest is a remake of the Ihagee Elbaflex from the 1960s, but with a Nikon F mount.
The Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod straps an instant printer directly to your Moto Z smartphone, so you can print your photos as soon as you've captured them.
The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens is being relaunched in 7 different mounts, including: Sony A, Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fujifilm G, Pentax K, and Leica L. Got an extra three grand lying around?
In January, Kodak announced it would bring back the beloved slide film Ektachrome. The timeline has been pushed back a bit, but Kodak says you can expect to purchase Ektachrome again in 2018.
Instagram popularity is threatening some of the most beautiful landscapes in the US, as hordes of 'nature lovers' trample over the same spots over and over again in search of the same exact shot.