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In this movie I want to focus in on a new feature, which really is a solution to a problem that we had in the previous versions of Lightroom. This new feature is a little preference that we can change, which can really help out our overall workflow. You know the previous versions of Lightroom, what would happen is this: we would be working on a folder of images, like this folder here and I'll be focusing on in this photograph and then I would decide that I want to import some new photographs. Well to do that, we could click on the Import button and then we could choose a folder of images that we want to import or just let's say one particular photograph this one here.
Whenever we would start to import that photograph, all of the sudden it would shift our focus away from where we were to the new photographs that were being imported. Sometimes this would be helpful, because we would start to see these new photographs and we would watch as they would be imported in to Lightroom. Yet in other situations, it would really just interrupt our overall workflow. There's a new preference, which allows us to focus in on a folder or a collection or certain images, say like this one here, and it allows us to import photographs in the background.
Let me show you how you can turn on this preference. In order to do this, we navigate to our Lightroom pull down menu, and then choose Preferences. Here underneath the General tab, you'll notice that there are Import Options and there's a new option here. The new option is to Select the Current/Previous Import collection during the import. In other words, if you leave this turned on what it will do is it will shift your focus to those photographs that are being imported. If you turn this option off, what will happen is you will be able to stay focussed on the images that you are currently working on.
Let's take a look at how this works when we turn this option off. Here I'll go ahead and close the Preferences dialog and next I'll go back to Import. In the Import dialog once again, I'm going to choose some images that I want to import these here and I'll simply click Import. As I do that, notice that it's importing these behind the scenes. I can continue to work on the photograph that I'm working on then, once that import is complete, what you can do is you can navigate your catalogue in here, I'll click on Previous Import and then its going to show me these images which were just imported.
In this way I think it makes your workflow a bit more fluid and uninterrupted and that's what I like to do. I like to continue the task that I'm working on and then once the import is complete you can always go there by clicking on this option here. If ever you want to change this preference back to its default setting, just go back to your Preferences dialog and in that Preferences dialog navigate to the General tab and then click on that option there. That being said, in my own workflow, what I do is I leave that option checked off because I think that that gives me a little bit more focus on what I'm doing and then allows me to import images in behind the scenes so to speak so I can really focus in on one task and then move to the next task once that import has been completed.
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