Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding images to Lightroom mobile on iOS, part of Lightroom & Lightroom Mobile: Raw Workflows.
- Hopefully you have successfully imported some raw files to your iPhone or iPad. If you have, then they're now sitting in the camera roll inside your photos app. As we've discussed, before Lightroom can do anything with these images they need to be imported into the Lightroom catalog, a process that will not only copy the images to another location on your device, but will also prepare some supplemental files and data that Lightroom needs in order to work. Therefore, your first step after copying images to your device is to add them to the Lightroom catalog. So let's take a look at how that works.
I'm going to jump into photos real quick here so you can see that I have this mess of images here. I've stuck them in an album that I called import me just because I've got a lot of other stuff on my camera roll and it just felt like this was going to be easier to manage if I had these things isolated in this one album. So I'm going to come back out to here and jump into Lightroom. You can see I've got a brand new catalog with nothing in it. Right down here at the bottom I have something called camera roll, it's sitting next to my camera icon.
And so you can think of this as kind of the import area of Lightroom mobile, I can either grab images from the camera, or I can grab images from my camera roll. And if you're starting out from scratch with Lightroom, as you may have discovered, pops up these little hints and reminders, once you've read them, tap them, they go away and they'll never be seen again. If you want them back you can reinstall and they'll show up again. So here I am on the import page, it doesn't look that much different than just a normal page full of images. I know that I'm in import because it says down here at the bottom tap to open, swipe to select.
You can see I've got a cancel x in the upper left hand corner. And right now I'm looking at the camera roll, I'm looking at the entire camera roll. I'm going to switch this over. If I pop this open I see all of the various albums that I have on my iPad. I'm going to switch to import me, that's got a hundred and odd images, I don't remember what that said. Notice that it's identifying the raw images with the little raw badge, if I had jpegs in here also they would simply be a plain icon, so these are all raw images. So it says at the bottom tap to open, swipe to select. So you can see that I can drag my finger across to select images here.
One thing that's a little frustrating about this mechanism in Lightroom is that it's not like the camera roll, I can't tap, drag across, and then drag down to select a contiguous selection, it's actually just drawing a line through my images. So this is a pretty long scrolling list, it would take a while to tap and select all of these. That's one reason that I stuck these in an album. If I go to this ellipsis in the upper right hand corner, that's a menu. I can tap on that and I get a few different things here including a select all option, so I'm going to do that.
I hit that, all of my images select, and now down at the bottom it says add 123 photos. So I'm going to tap that and the process is going to start up. So now images are pouring into Lightroom photos. I can tap that and open it up so we can watch as it happens. You can see that they are being divided by date, this is called segmenting in Lightroom mobile, and we're going to look more at that in a later movie when we get to a discussion of organization. So what's happening now is the images are being copied out of my camera roll, and remember the camera roll is owned by the photos app, so that's one directory on my iPad, it's being copied into the Lightroom catalog which is owned by Lightroom mobile and that's in a another directory.
So I am making an entire separate second set of these images. So this isn't he most efficient use of disk space, but it's how we have to work in the walled garden environment that is iOS. There is no progress bar showing how much more there is to import, and that can be a little frustrating, every time you think oh it's done, then you might see another image pop up. It will actually pop up a little dialogue box when it's done telling you how many images it imported, and then that'll fade away. If you notice in the upper left hand corner there's a little cloud with some dots moving across it.
That is not a progress bar for the importing of image, that's a progress bar for syncing up to the cloud. We're going to talk about that later, that has nothing to do with this actual adding process, so you don't need to wait for that to go away. Once that dialogue pops up showing you that importing is done, then it's finished. So here I am, I've got all of these in here, and I would now be ready to move on with the rest of my workflow. But at this point, as I mentioned, I have two copies of these images on my device. Honestly, I can't think of a reason that you would want to keep your original images in your camera roll.
Not only does it take up twice as much space on your device, it confuses things if you export edited versions from Lightroom because those exports go back into the camera roll, so then you'll have multiple versions of the same images sitting side by side in the camera roll. So after adding images to Lightroom, I try to remember to always immediately go to photos and delete the images that I just added. So I'm going to swipe back over to here, these are the images that I just added. I don't want to just delete them from here because this is only an album, I want to delete them from the camera roll.
So I'm going to go up here and tap select, and now I can tap and drag and unlike in Lightroom, in photos I can just do this and it will select each row. So I'm going to just let it scroll up here until I find the beginning of this batch of images. That looks good, now I hit the little trash can. It asks me if I'm sure, I delete them. Okay, this is great, now I've only got the images that are in Lightroom. Lightroom mobile offers a cool preference though that can make this whole adding process work a little bit more seamlessly with your device.
Preferences are stored back here under this LR menu, the Lightroom menu. If I open that up I get these various switches. We're going to talk about these in different parts of this course, I'm not going to go through all of these now. I want you to take a look at auto add photos and auto add videos. I'm going to switch on auto add photos. Now any time I launch Lightroom, it will look in the photos album, or look in the photos app in the camera roll and see if there's an image that it didn't know about before, and if there is it will automatically add it.
So let's just make that happen right now. I'm going to take a quick picture with this iPad. All right, camera. This is a truly ludicrously sized camera. And I don't know where it is, there it is, all right. So here's a picture of another camera, this is all getting terribly meta. All right. I go back to my photos, here's the image that I just shot. If I go into Lightroom and wait for a moment, looky here, here's the image I just shot, I didn't have to go through an add step, it's just automatically right there.
I really like this, it makes Lightroom feel like more just a kind of seamless part of my iPad and it saves me a lot of steps when I'm shooting with my phone, I have this enabled on Lightroom on my phone. But while we're talking about preferences, let's take a look at another important preference that has to do with importing, so much so that it's actually down here under this import sub menu. So I'm going to tap that and I get a few different options here. If you've used Lightroom much, or Adobe Camera Raw, you know about profile corrections.
Adobe profiles a lot of camera and lens combinations, so that Camera Raw and Lightroom can automatically correct certain types of distortion problems and vignetting problems and that sort of stuff. I like these auto corrections, I think they do a very good job, I leave them turned on in the desktop version of Lightroom and I can enable them here. I believe they're enabled by default, it's just this switch that says enable corrections. There's nothing else for you to do, if a profile exists for your camera lens combination then it will work, if it doesn't exist then it won't work, but you won't really ever know any difference.
I can tell it to enable corrections for all files or only raw files. I've got it set for only raw. Finally, I've got another option here, I can add my copyright metadata. So if I want to fill in a copyright tag down here, I can have that automatically applied to images as they're imported. There's some other cool preferences to be considered, but we'll look at those later. For now, we're ready to start working with our newly added images.
- Shooting raw with iOS and Android
- How Lightroom stores images
- Raw shooting
- iOS transfer
- Android transfer
- Importing images into Lightroom for mobile
- Editing raw images on a mobile device
- Exporting final images using Lightroom for mobile