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With a wide variety of tasks in Lightroom, you're able to leverage your previous work. To minimize the effort it takes to repeat a task with different images for example, and that's certainly the case when importing photos. Here for example, I've imported some images that I captured in Graz, Austria, but now I've captured new images in Graz. And I want to import them into the same location using, in large part, the exact same settings. Because I renamed the images that I previously imported, including a sequence number.
I'll need to scroll down to the bottom of the list of images to see which image was the last number. That's 21. So I'll want to start the numbering for the next import with 22. I could scroll down over on the Left panel to the Folders section and right-click on the folder where I had previously imported these images. And then choose Import to this folder. That would bring up the Import dialog with the same folder set as the destination folder. However, because my last import operation was also into this folder, I don't even need to use this particular command. I can simply go to the bottom of the Left panel and click the Import button. That's because most of the settings in the Import dialog are sticky. That means that most of them will remain exactly as they were after my previous import operation.
You can see for example that the source of images, my digital media inserted into a card reader, is set as my import source. Note by the way that I have the Eject After Import check box turned on. That means that after the import is complete, the card will be ejected. So I don't need to use the operating system's process for ejecting the card. I can simply remove it, and then when I'm ready put it back into my camera to reformat it, so it is ready to use again. The Copy option is also set just as I left it last time. And my top level folder for my photos, my Tim Gray photos folder, is established as the primary location for the download.
I have my Render preview set to standard. I have turned on the Don't Import Suspected Duplicates check box. And I am making a copy of the images, in this case just to the desktop. Normally that would be to another external hard drive, for example. The file renaming that I used last time is also established, just as it was. However note that the start number is still set at one. I'll need to change that to the next number in the sequence, which would be 22. I'll scroll down and we can see that I need to re-establish keywords. The keywords are reset each time. So I'll go ahead and type in my keywords as I had previously. There we go, and now I can scroll down to the destination. You see that the same folder, that Graz, Austria January 2012 folder is still established as the folder to copy my images into. And the organization is set into one folder.
So what that really means is that the only thing I needed to update since I'm importing images into the same folder. Is to change the sequence number for the image renaming and to add my keywords. That's pretty straightforward. Not very much work needed in order to copy additional images from a different card into the same folder for the same photo shoot. And in fact if you prefer you can also click the button at the bottom left of the import dialog to collapse the dialog into a smaller size.
And here, because the settings are sticky, it's really quite easy to review the overall settings. Make sure everything is as you would like it. Add the keywords, for example, and then click the Import dialog. But I generally prefer to keep the larger dialog, if for no other reason than I can check to make sure the images are those that I'm expecting to be importing. So, I'll go ahead and click Import and Lightroom will process all those images in much the same way that it had processed the previous images photographed in that same location. And all of these images will then be found in that exact same folder on my hard drive as well as in Lightroom.
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