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Importing images into a catalog

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Video: Importing images into a catalog

One of the most important steps in your Lightroom workflow is importing your photographs into Lightroom. And here what I am going to do is just to show you a few techniques for importing your pictures. This isn't going to be exhaustive as I've covered this in other places, but what I do want to do is show you three different techniques for triggering the Import dialog. I also want to talk about a few of the settings inside of that dialog. Well, if you have a folder of images as I do here, the Exercise Files folder, you can simply click and drag and drop. When you do that it will trigger the Import dialog.

Importing images into a catalog

One of the most important steps in your Lightroom workflow is importing your photographs into Lightroom. And here what I am going to do is just to show you a few techniques for importing your pictures. This isn't going to be exhaustive as I've covered this in other places, but what I do want to do is show you three different techniques for triggering the Import dialog. I also want to talk about a few of the settings inside of that dialog. Well, if you have a folder of images as I do here, the Exercise Files folder, you can simply click and drag and drop. When you do that it will trigger the Import dialog.

Here you can see I have that open. I'll go ahead and click Cancel to show you another technique. Now, I'm going to go to Full Screen View just so we have a larger view of Lightroom. To do that, you can press the F key. Another way to trigger the Import dialog is to click on the Import button, the left-hand corner of the Library module, and again, we could select our folder that we want to import. The other technique that we can use is to go to the File pulldown menu. Navigate to File, and then choose Import Photos and Video or use the shortcut Shift+Command+I on a Mac; Shift+ Ctrl+I on Windows. All right! Well, either way, use one of those three techniques in order to trigger the Import dialog.

Next, what I want you to do is to navigate to the folder of images; in this case, the Exercise Files folder. The reason why I want to do this here as we're talking about catalogs is because this stuff up top is really important. What we choose here really determines where our images go. So often what happens is people import their photographs into Lightroom, and then they just can't find them. Well, if you ever can't find your pictures, it's because one of the settings that you've chosen here. Now, what are these settings? Well, the setting by default that's selected is Add.

This is a great option if you already have pictures which are organized into a folder, and you just want Lightroom to know that those exist. Another option is Move. Why would you choose that? You might choose that if you want to move images from one hard drive to another. Another option is to Copy those files, which will create duplicate of these files. You could then copy those perhaps to a new location. You could also choose to Copy as DNG. This would take all of the files, convert them to the DNG format, and then copy them to a new spot.

So again, which option you choose here really depends upon what you want to do. In my case, my images, they're already organized, already have folders and subfolders. So here I'm going to choose Add. If I were importing, say, from a Compact Flash Card, well, in a situation like that, well, then we'd use Copy as DNG or Copy. So we could copy the pictures off of the Compact Flash Card and then save those on a hard drive. The next choice has to do with where we're going to save these files over here. In this case, it's just saving them to the catalog.

It isn't going to physically move these at all because we've selected Add. Now here we can choose some File Handling Settings. Typically, Standard works well, and you can also apply some Metadata upon import. I'm not going to cover all of these details, because again those have been covered other places. Yet, here though, you can see what we're doing is simply adding these photographs to our catalog. In other words, Lightroom will now know that these pictures exist. In order to import the photographs, we simply click the Import button. This will then import our photographs into our catalog, so that we can begin to work with them.

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Lightroom 4 Catalogs in Depth

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  1. 1m 40s
    1. Welcome
      1m 2s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 11m 25s
    1. Understanding why digital asset management matters to Lightroom
      2m 35s
    2. Exploring hard drive options: RAID versus JBOD
      3m 59s
    3. Hard drive recommendations
      4m 51s
  3. 30m 46s
    1. What are catalogs and why do they matter?
      5m 33s
    2. Where are my catalog files?
      2m 6s
    3. Importing images into a catalog
      3m 22s
    4. Where are my images?
      1m 59s
    5. Making folder and image changes
      5m 3s
    6. Keeping your catalog current by synchronizing folders
      4m 36s
    7. Comparing catalogs, collections, and folders
      4m 43s
    8. Upgrading legacy catalogs
      3m 24s
  4. 13m 36s
    1. Exploring catalog backup defaults
      5m 2s
    2. Performing a better catalog backup
      4m 6s
    3. Optimizing catalogs
      1m 51s
    4. Deleting old catalogs
      2m 37s
  5. 17m 13s
    1. Exporting catalogs
      6m 38s
    2. Understanding how to work with multiple catalogs
      3m 26s
    3. Merging multiple catalogs
      7m 9s
  6. 13m 29s
    1. Consolidating catalogs
      3m 54s
    2. Relinking multiple images
      3m 7s
    3. Solving catalog conflicts with new hard drives
      3m 30s
    4. Dealing with computer crashes and locked catalogs
      1m 15s
    5. Restoring from a backup catalog
      1m 43s
  7. 42m 36s
    1. Introducing raw and DNG processing
      5m 21s
    2. Understanding how Lightroom saves raw adjustments
      4m 33s
    3. Saving adjustments to raw files
      4m 55s
    4. Saving adjustments to DNG, TIFF, PSD, and JPEG files
      3m 17s
    5. Working with catalogs and virtual copies
      4m 18s
    6. Converting to DNG: the Embed Fast Load Data option and lossless compression
      5m 12s
    7. Archiving a photo as a DNG with lossy compression
      5m 31s
    8. Working with CMYK files in Lightroom
      3m 8s
    9. Making changes to CMYK files
      6m 21s
  8. 1m 32s
    1. Using dpbestflow.org as a resource
      52s
    2. Looking at helpful demo files
      40s
  9. 27s
    1. Adios
      27s

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