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Introducing the Import dialog

From: Lightroom 3 Essential Training

Video: Introducing the Import dialog

Whether you are new to Lightroom, or if you've used Lightroom previously, when you open up Lightroom 3, you won't have any photographs in it. So, one of first steps and one of the most important steps is to import our photographs. What we're going to do here is take a look at the Import dialog. Let's go ahead and open up the Import dialog. To do so, we need to be in the Library module. You can click on the word Library here in the Module Picker up top. Next, we can either select or click the Import button, or navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Import Photos.

Introducing the Import dialog

Whether you are new to Lightroom, or if you've used Lightroom previously, when you open up Lightroom 3, you won't have any photographs in it. So, one of first steps and one of the most important steps is to import our photographs. What we're going to do here is take a look at the Import dialog. Let's go ahead and open up the Import dialog. To do so, we need to be in the Library module. You can click on the word Library here in the Module Picker up top. Next, we can either select or click the Import button, or navigate to the File pulldown menu and choose Import Photos.

Of course, there's also a shortcut. This is one of the shortcuts you want to jot down, because you'll find that you're going to import photos all the time. The shortcut on a Mac is Shift+Command+I. On a PC, that's Shift+Ctrl+I. All right. Well, whatever your preference, go ahead and open up the Import Photos dialog. Now, one of the first things that you'll notice is that this dialog looks a lot like Lightroom. Now, it's not only visually similar to Lightroom. It's also functionally similar. Let me explain.

Over here in the left-hand side, we have panels just like we have in Lightroom. We can open and close these panels in the same way. On the right-hand side, same thing. We have different panels that we can open and close. The other thing that you're going to notice about this dialog is that the flow is left to right. We start over here by selecting a source, then we apply some options or we choose some options here up top. We maybe select some images we want to import, and then finally we determine where we're going to import those files to, and perhaps apply a few settings as well.

All right. Well, let's take a look at this overall flow from left to right. Let's start over here on the left, and open up our Source panel. In the Source panel, I currently have two options. I have one internal drive, which is located in the desktop that I'm working from. I also have an external drive. In this case, it's a Drobo S drive. This is the drive that I use for all of my photographs, because it's a RAID drive. In other words, this drive is really fast and it's really reliable.

So, in this particular case, I have my exercise_files folder on my Drobo. What I want to do is click on this folder here. Now, when I click on that, it recognizes the drive, even brings in a little icon, and says, "hey, these are the files." Well, I have a couple of options. One of the options is to either view all of the images in this folder, in this case Include Subfolders, which is really nice because rather than having to click on one of these folders or all of them, I can simply choose Include Subfolders, or if I want to select just a single folder, I would just turn this option off and then click on a single folder.

So, use whatever preference makes sense in your own workflow. All right. Well, our next option has to do with how we decide to handle the files. We have four options. The first option is Copy as DNG. What this option means is that we can take the files and create a duplicate version of every little file, and then convert it to DNG. Oor we can select Copy. In this case, we'll just take a duplicate version of the files and then put them in a new location, or we can choose Move. What Move will do is say, "hey, take all these files, put them in new spot." Or finally, we can choose Add.

Now, when we choose Add, what it does is says, "hey, you know what, I like where the files are, I like how the files are organized, I like how the files are named, etcetera, I just want to add them to my Lightroom library. All right." Well, once we've made our selection up top in regards to handle the files, what we're going to do is we're going to take a look at what files we actually want to import. So, we can scroll through all of these files. You'll notice that there's a wide range of images. Let's say that we get to a particular file, and we're not sure if we want to import it. What we may want to do is click on that file to highlight it.

You can see that file is now highlighted gray. Let's say we want a little bit of a larger view of this image. What we could do in that particular case is we can navigate to a view which is called the Loupe View mode. This is the same view that we have inside of the Library module. You can access this view in a couple of different ways. One way that you can do this, really simply, is by clicking on the Loupe View icon. This will give us this larger preview. I have this photograph of my daughter Annika here, and let's say at this point I decide this image is a keeper.

I do want to include this in the import, so I leave that check box turned on. Well, if I want to navigate back to the Grid View mode, which was the view we had previously, I can either click on this icon here, or I can use a shortcut key. The shortcut keys to navigate between Grid and Loupe are as follows. The shortcut for the Loupe view is the E key. The shortcut to go back to the Grid, well, that's the G key. Well, another way that we can navigate between those two views is by double-clicking. If I double-click on an image, it'll get larger.

Double-click again, it will get smaller. Now, we can, of course, make selections here as well. If we don't want to import an image, all we need to do is simply click off the check box. If we do want to import it, we click on the check box. Well, now that we've decided which images we want to import, we've decided how we want to handle them, let's go over here to the right-hand side. We're going to import all of these images into our current catalog and we have a couple of options. In regards to the file handling, we can choose a few different render previews.

We'll talk about this a little bit more in the next movie, because this option is actually pretty important. We can also turn on the option to not import suspected duplicates. That's important. Otherwise, our library can get a little bit convoluted and confused. Definitely a good idea to turn that option on. Now, if we were importing photos from a compact flash card, it would be essential to turn this option on. In other words, when we import from a compact flash card, what we're going to do is we're going to copy our files to a hard drive. In my case, I copy all of my photos to my Drobo drive and then I also make a second copy to another external hard drive.

That way upon import I at least have these images in two different locations. Well, digging into the next panel here, Apply During Import, we can apply some presets, some metadata, and some keywords. All right. Well, now that we've been introduced to the Import dialog, let's go ahead and dig a little bit deeper, and let's dig into catalog preferences, importing and also our render previews option. Let's go ahead and do that in the next movie.

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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
      50s
  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
      31s

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