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Importing photos from a CF card


Lightroom 3 Essential Training

with Chris Orwig

Video: Importing photos from a CF card

One of the more common ways to import photos into Lightroom is by way of a media card. In this particular case, I have some photographs that I captured this morning down at the beach. One of the things that I love about is it's located not too far away from a really good surfing spot. So I jumped out in the water with my camera in housing, and here you can see I have some photos from this morning. What I want to do is I want to bring these photos into my overall Lightroom catalog, so I can start to work on them. Now, one of the things that you want to do is you want to set up your preferences to automatically show the Import dialog when you connect a media card.
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  1. 2m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 52s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 4s
  2. 17m 59s
    1. Creative tip: Using Lightroom
      1m 31s
    2. An overview of Lightroom
      3m 53s
    3. Photographic workflow puzzle
      2m 36s
    4. Why use Lightroom?
      6m 25s
    5. Lightroom and Photoshop
      3m 34s
  3. 29m 34s
    1. The Lightroom interface
      3m 19s
    2. Essential interface shortcuts
      4m 50s
    3. Using the interface shortcuts
      5m 4s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      2m 41s
    5. Using a graphic identity plate
      4m 44s
    6. Changing the panel end marks
      2m 12s
    7. Creating a custom panel end mark
      2m 54s
    8. Changing the image background
      1m 46s
    9. Modifying other interface preferences
      2m 4s
  4. 49m 43s
    1. Importing and file formats
      4m 35s
    2. Importing preferences
      2m 36s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      6m 27s
    4. Catalog, import, and preview preferences
      6m 40s
    5. Importing photos from a folder
      5m 44s
    6. Creating a metadata preset
      4m 45s
    7. Importing photos from a CF card
      9m 16s
    8. Using Auto Import
      3m 53s
    9. Using multiple hard drives
      4m 14s
    10. Creative tip: Discard
      1m 33s
  5. 11m 17s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      3m 46s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      7m 31s
  6. 40m 30s
    1. Working in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 0s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      5m 14s
    3. Shortcuts in Loupe view and Grid view
      1m 39s
    4. Customizing Loupe view and Grid view
      2m 46s
    5. Comparing two images
      4m 55s
    6. Surveying multiple images
      5m 20s
    7. Working with the toolbar in Grid view and Loupe view
      3m 58s
    8. Working with folders and files in the Library module
      6m 25s
    9. Using dual monitors
      7m 13s
  7. 27m 28s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      4m 27s
    2. Working with catalogs
      3m 19s
    3. Exporting catalogs
      1m 44s
    4. Updating legacy catalogs
      3m 2s
    5. The relationship between the raw and DNG catalogs
      3m 8s
    6. Working with raw files in Lightroom
      3m 53s
    7. Working with DNG files in Lightroom
      6m 5s
    8. Creative tip: Using the right gear
      1m 50s
  8. 9m 43s
    1. Using Quick Develop in the Library module
      2m 37s
    2. Synchronizing processing settings across multiple images
      3m 32s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      1m 45s
    4. Applying white balance and auto tone adjustments
      1m 49s
  9. 35m 28s
    1. Introducing flags, stars, and labels
      5m 0s
    2. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      6m 34s
    3. Adding images to a Quick Collection
      2m 11s
    4. Integrating collections with your workflow
      5m 13s
    5. Grouping images with collections
      3m 7s
    6. Using Smart Collections
      4m 39s
    7. Sorting images
      3m 0s
    8. Renaming images
      2m 1s
    9. Stacking images
      3m 43s
  10. 18m 44s
    1. Adding keywords
      4m 51s
    2. Working with the keyword list
      2m 51s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 26s
    4. Keywording with the spray can
      1m 48s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      3m 58s
    6. Adding copyright metadata
      2m 50s
  11. 17m 46s
    1. Filtering overview
      3m 49s
    2. Locking library filter options
      1m 38s
    3. Filtering based on text
      2m 0s
    4. Filtering by metadata
      6m 13s
    5. Filtering your photos using the Metadata panel
      2m 7s
    6. New filtering criteria in Lightroom 3
      1m 59s
  12. 45m 24s
    1. Exporting images
      6m 19s
    2. Export quality and watermark options
      2m 3s
    3. Exporting movies
      5m 13s
    4. External editing preferences and considerations
      2m 56s
    5. Editing preferences
      5m 6s
    6. Editing photos in Photoshop
      5m 4s
    7. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 30s
    8. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 16s
    9. Merging multiple images in Photoshop
      3m 34s
    10. Creating a panorama
      2m 20s
    11. Working with a CMYK photo
      7m 3s
  13. 15m 37s
    1. Setting up Flickr services
      3m 45s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 35s
    3. Working with comments
      1m 49s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 38s
    5. Creative tip: Visual poetry
  14. 39m 26s
    1. Develop module overview
      5m 45s
    2. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      3m 46s
    3. Comparing the before and after
      2m 33s
    4. Resetting images to their default settings
      2m 24s
    5. Using the Develop module presets
      3m 10s
    6. Using Snapshot and History
      5m 10s
    7. Using the Histogram
      4m 6s
    8. Working with collections
      4m 25s
    9. Introducing virtual copies
      2m 22s
    10. Creating virtual copies
      2m 46s
    11. Introducing the Develop module tool strip
      2m 59s
  15. 50m 0s
    1. Understanding white balance and color temperature
      3m 10s
    2. Correcting white balance with a ColorChecker
      3m 11s
    3. Using the White Balance tool
      2m 36s
    4. Creative uses of white balance
      3m 47s
    5. Demystifying the tone controls
      3m 39s
    6. Using the tone controls
      3m 45s
    7. Recovering detail in highlights
      2m 29s
    8. Working with vibrance and saturation
      4m 11s
    9. Making color adjustments with the Vibrance and Saturation sliders
      4m 28s
    10. Creative uses of vibrance and saturation
      3m 12s
    11. Understanding clarity
      3m 20s
    12. Working with clarity
      3m 51s
    13. The standard Basic panel workflow
      4m 4s
    14. Synchronizing basic settings across multiple images
      4m 17s
  16. 23m 58s
    1. Creative tip: Why crop?
      1m 50s
    2. Cropping an image
      4m 18s
    3. Straightening with the Crop tool
      3m 51s
    4. Working with the Crop Overlay tool
      3m 18s
    5. Changing the aspect ratio of an image
      1m 38s
    6. Auditioning different aspect ratios
      1m 56s
    7. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 49s
    8. Using Crop to improve a composition
      5m 18s
  17. 11m 16s
    1. Retouching with the Spot Removal tool
      5m 43s
    2. Retouching away dust on a lens
      3m 22s
    3. Fixing red-eye
      2m 11s
  18. 22m 59s
    1. Introducing the Graduated filter
      4m 37s
    2. Darkening a sky with the Graduated filter
      4m 31s
    3. Enhancing a landscape with the Graduated filter
      3m 33s
    4. Improving a portrait with the Graduated filter
      5m 14s
    5. Increasing color variety and saturation with the Graduated filter
      3m 50s
    6. Creative tip: Tenacity
      1m 14s
  19. 44m 2s
    1. Adjustment Brush overview
      7m 4s
    2. Essential Adjustment Brush shortcuts
      3m 33s
    3. Enhancing makeup color
      4m 14s
    4. Whitening and brightening teeth
      3m 17s
    5. Improving eyes
      5m 57s
    6. Softening and smoothing skin
      7m 10s
    7. Brightening and improving shadows
      3m 5s
    8. Darkening lips and cheeks
      3m 25s
    9. Correcting overall exposure
      3m 48s
    10. Subtly correcting exposure
      2m 29s
  20. 16m 9s
    1. Demystifying the tone curve controls
      5m 15s
    2. Increasing contrast and color with the tone curve controls
      4m 46s
    3. Correcting exposure with the tone curve controls
      4m 34s
    4. Creative tip: Shoot what matters
      1m 34s
  21. 26m 53s
    1. Understanding the HSL controls
      5m 2s
    2. Using the HSL Target Adjustment tool
      3m 44s
    3. Brightening tones with HSL
      1m 36s
    4. Using HSL to increase warm tones
      3m 4s
    5. Using HSL to increase warm and cool tones
      2m 56s
    6. Creative color with HSL
      2m 57s
    7. Desaturating color with HSL
      3m 27s
    8. Using the Color panel
      4m 7s
  22. 23m 34s
    1. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      2m 15s
    2. Understanding Black & White Mix
      2m 21s
    3. Converting to black and white
      4m 10s
    4. Black-and-white workflow with virtual copies
      3m 35s
    5. Enhancing black-and-white images with the Adjustment Brush
      3m 7s
    6. Using presets to convert to black and white
      3m 12s
    7. Creating a black-and-white collection
      4m 54s
  23. 10m 54s
    1. Understanding split toning
      3m 37s
    2. Advanced split-toning tips
      4m 10s
    3. Split-toning a color image
      3m 7s
  24. 21m 27s
    1. Introducing noise reduction
      3m 26s
    2. Introducing sharpening
      3m 42s
    3. Sharpening in Lightroom
      5m 44s
    4. Advanced sharpening in Lightroom and Photoshop
      5m 4s
    5. Removing chromatic aberration
      3m 31s
  25. 24m 54s
    1. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 53s
    2. Enhancing images with lens correction
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing vignette settings across multiple images
      2m 32s
    4. Combining lens correction, Lightroom, and Photoshop
      3m 36s
    5. Adding a post-crop vignette
      3m 57s
    6. Adding film grain with the Effects panel
      5m 50s
  26. 7m 37s
    1. Understanding Camera Calibration in Lightroom
      4m 46s
    2. Creative color with Camera Calibration
      2m 51s
  27. 38m 28s
    1. Basic Develop module workflow
      7m 28s
    2. Workflow for converting to black and white
      10m 11s
    3. Workflow project: Surfing
      6m 8s
    4. Workflow project: Portrait
      4m 58s
    5. Workflow project: Portrait details
      8m 39s
    6. Creative tip: Go outside
      1m 4s
  28. 36m 31s
    1. Creating a collection to make a slideshow
      3m 56s
    2. Selecting the best images for the slideshow
      3m 17s
    3. Customizing the layout of the slideshow
      3m 34s
    4. Customizing the background of the slideshow
      4m 14s
    5. Customizing overlay elements for the slideshow
      6m 39s
    6. Creating titles for the slideshow
      2m 27s
    7. Playing back the slideshow
      4m 24s
    8. Previewing the slideshow
      4m 0s
    9. Exporting the slideshow to different formats
      4m 0s
  29. 48m 34s
    1. Creating a collection of images to print
      3m 20s
    2. Laying out images into preset templates
      4m 34s
    3. Customizing the layout of a single image
      4m 26s
    4. Choosing page options for a single image
      6m 8s
    5. Specifying the print job options for a single image
      6m 19s
    6. Creating a custom package
      4m 36s
    7. Creating a picture package
      4m 16s
    8. Printing one image quickly
      1m 42s
    9. Creating a custom print template
      4m 34s
    10. Effective print workflow
      8m 39s
  30. 32m 3s
    1. Creating a collection of images for a web gallery
      5m 18s
    2. Using web gallery templates
      3m 27s
    3. Customizing a web gallery
      6m 49s
    4. Uploading a web gallery
      4m 19s
    5. Creating color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 48s
    6. Uploading color and black-and-white galleries
      3m 32s
    7. Online web gallery resources
      2m 53s
    8. Domain name and hosting overview
      1m 57s
  31. 3m 26s
    1. Online resources and the Lightroom Newsletter
      2m 55s
    2. Goodbye

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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.

Topics include:
  • Understanding the difference between Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Using interface shortcuts to navigate the workspace quickly
  • Working with catalogs
  • Making incremental adjustments
  • Grouping images with collections and smart collections
  • Creating virtual copies of adjusted images
  • Correcting white balances
  • Adjusting color with Vibrance and Saturation
  • Cropping images and changing aspect ratios
  • Using the Adjustment Brush
  • Toning with the HSL controls
  • Outputting images to slideshows and web galleries
  • Printing photos
Chris Orwig

Importing photos from a CF card

One of the more common ways to import photos into Lightroom is by way of a media card. In this particular case, I have some photographs that I captured this morning down at the beach. One of the things that I love about is it's located not too far away from a really good surfing spot. So I jumped out in the water with my camera in housing, and here you can see I have some photos from this morning. What I want to do is I want to bring these photos into my overall Lightroom catalog, so I can start to work on them. Now, one of the things that you want to do is you want to set up your preferences to automatically show the Import dialog when you connect a media card.

You can do that by navigating to your Preferences, Lightroom and then Preferences. On a PC, navigate to the Edit pulldown menu and choose Preferences, then by selecting in the General tab, Show import dialog when your memory card is detected. Because I have that option on, when I inserted the memory card and connected it, it opened up this dialog. Now, by default, it's going to show you all of the photos. It's also going to give you the option either to copy to a new location or to copy as DNG.

You can't move or add these files, because they are on a media card. So, we need to create another version of the file. Now that's actually really helpful. It's a little bit of a safety net. In other words, if we make any mistakes, those files will always at least be on that CompactFlash card until we delete or format or clear that card. Now, what are we going to do here in regards to our options? Well, in my overall workflow, the way that I handle files is I copy as a DNG, convert them to this new location. Now, one of the reasons I do this is because it's lossless compression.

It makes my files anywhere between 10% and 40% smaller. In other words, it makes my overall workflow a ton faster. Also, I like the DNG format, because it's open source and it gives me a little bit more confidence in regards to being able to access these files in the future. So again, you'll want to make your own decision in regards to this format, but in my own workflow, I convert everything to DNG. All right, while I'm currently selecting all photos, now I can of course right-click or Ctrl+Click to deselect one of the photos, or click on the little check box in order to include that.

We can increase or decrease our thumbnail size, if we want a smaller view. One of the things that's also kind of interesting is how we sort the images. A lot of times what you'll do is say okay, let's uncheck everything, because some of these photos just aren't very good. But what I want to do is import these two photos where I just swam under water and shot up towards the sun. Yet if I had a whole list of images, a big long slew of them, it would be kind of confusing to find the ones that you've selected. So, what you can do in regards to your sorting is choose Checked State.

That will then put all of the checked images near the top. Again, it's a nice way to group the files you actually want to import, rather than having to scroll through them all and try to determine what's a keeper or not. Now, we can, of course, turn off this option and choose File Name or Capture Time. Typically, in most workflows, Capture Time makes sense because it follows how you're actually shooting. It kind of helps you remember the overall flow of a particular shoot. All right. Well, let's move over to our options on the far right-hand side. Now we're going to save these files to our hard drive.

Yet we need to define this a little bit more closely. So, let's go into File Handling. We're going to Render Previews as that Standard size preview. We've already talked about that. We don't want to import suspected duplicates. It's really important. Leave that one checked on. I also want to make a second copy to a backup drive. Here I have this backup drive connected. I can click on this option. It will open up the hard drive. I can choose the folder where I want to save these files to. Then simply click Choose. It will then update that and show me hey, it's saving it to this hard drive I have named sashimi_2 and into a folder I've titled backup. All right, good! One of the things that you're going to find with your panels is as you start to open them, you're going to have to do quite a bit of scrolling, right, just like in Lightroom.

Well, if you prefer not to scroll, here's what you can do. Just like in Lightroom, you can take these panels to what's called Solo mode. You can access Solo mode, one of the two ways, either right-click and choose Solo mode from this contextual menu here, or you can hold down the Option key if you're on a Mac, that's the Alt key if you're on a PC, and click on the Triangle icon. In that way, it will only allow you to have one panel open at a time. I find this makes a little bit more sense, because otherwise all of this scrolling gets a little bit confusing, at least for me.

So, I prefer Solo mode here. Well, next option, File Renaming. This would be helpful if I needed to rename the files in order for them to fit more closely into my overall workflow. A lot of times what people will do is rename files and create custom templates with different criteria for renaming those files. Now, in my particular case, I leave the files as-is. So, I'm going to go ahead and skip these steps here. Apply During Import, we've seen this before. We can apply specific Develop Settings if we find those to be helpful, or we can apply some metadata.

We've already talked about creating a preset. So, I have that nice preset of my copyright. I'll add that. In regards to Keywords, I'm going to choose a location, Ventura, and surf and underwater. All right, so now I have some keywords, which apply to all of these images. Next, Destination, where do I actually want to save these files? Now, there are a couple of different options. You can save them all into one folder, or if you want to do something different you can organize them by date.

Now when you choose Organize By Date, you can see that it's giving me the folder, in this case, 2010, and then the subfolder of that particular date when these files were captured. Now, in my particular case, I'm not going to organize these by date, but into one folder. Now how you organize your files really is preference. There's no right or wrong. If I were integrating these into my actual library on my actual computer in my studio, well, I would organize them by date. But here, because this is a training title, it will make more sense to put them in one folder.

What I want to do with that folder is I want to save that to that Drobo drive, exercise_files. I'll go ahead and select the general photos there. I'm going to put this in a folder called underwater. What it's going to do for me is it's going to create a folder inside of this folder here called underwater, where I'll be able to save those images to that particular location. So again, I've dialed in the location for these files. We can see it's going to put them in a subfolder. Organize all the files there.

Keep their names as-is. Let's say that we want to bring in all photos. I'm going to go ahead and change my options here and choose Check All, so I can bring in all of these images. All right. Well, now that I've dialed in all of my settings, what's typically going to happen is that when you import your photos from a media card, you're going to import in the same way. In other words, in my own workflow, I always import them into my main photos folder on my Drobo S drive. So, in those particular situations, the Import Presets become really important.

So, you'll want to experiment with these presets and figure out what your workflow actually is in regards to importing and really create some presets that make sense for saving files or copying files or converting to DNG or adding different metadata and all of those different things, so that you can then take advantage of them as you continue to import from your CF card. As a quick side note, the presets are also really helpful for me when I'm doing a commercial shoot and I have a few assistants. If I have a digital tech assistant, what I'll do is I'll set this up so that I have a preset, so that I'm predefining how the files are going to be brought into the computer, where they're going to be saved, on what hard drive and whatnot, so that the digital assistant doesn't have to make any critical decisions.

In other words, they can just view this as a collapsed view mode, and they can choose a preset which is relevant for that particular shoot. So I set that all up beforehand. Last little tip here is that if you want to navigate between this collapsed and expanded view, well, you can press the Tab key. Tab key makes it larger. Then the Tab key also will compact that and make that view a little bit smaller. All right. Well, once we've decided on those settings, all that we need to do is go ahead and click Import.

What we'll see is that it's going to give us progress in regards to converting those files to the Digital Negative format, importing them, and then eventually, rendering the previews. Now, we'll take a little bit more time to convert to Digital Negative, and to render a little bit of a larger preview. Yet, I say it's worth the wait. I would rather have all of my waiting time happen in the beginning, right now, rather than having that happen as I progress throughout Lightroom. In other words, I could either click on an image, wait, wait, wait, click on another image, wait, wait, or I can have all of the rendering, all of the previews generated in the initial process as it's happening here.

Then the rest of my workflow can be really fast. All right. Well that wraps up our conversation about importing from a CompactFlash card.

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