Join Jan Kabili for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding photos to Lightroom CC on your computer, part of Learning Lightroom CC.
- [Instructor] Lightroom CC is an ecosystem of apps that you can use on up to two Mac and or Windows computers, on iOS and Android phones and tablets and in a web browser. And you can add photos to Lightroom CC from any of those devices. No matter which device you're using to add photos to Lightroom CC, the photos are uploaded to Adobe's server, called a cloud, where the originals are stored at full resolution. The added photos are available in Lightroom CC on all your devices.
Computer, mobile, and web, and any changes that you make to a photo on any of those devices ripples through the ecosystem and appears in Lightroom CC on all your other devices too. So, here's how to add photos and videos when you're working with Lightroom CC on a computer. If you're adding files located on a camera or a camera memory card reader, then connect that device to your computer. The same is true if you're trying to add files directly from a phone or a tablet, rather than through the Lightroom CC mobile app.
I've gone ahead and inserted a card from my DSLR into a USB memory card reader connected to this computer. Over on the left side of the screen, click the Add Photos button, and because a device is connected, that opens this little window where you have a choice of browsing to photos located on an internal external drive or bringing in photos from your connected device. I'm gonna choose my connected device, the memory card called No Name and I'll click that.
That opens Lightroom CC's Add Photos window where you'll see a preview of all the photos on the selected device, on my memory on in this case. If you've already added some of these photos to Lightroom CC, they'll be grayed out in this window to help you avoid getting duplicates in the program. Other than that, every photo on your device will have a blue checkmark. Meaning that it's selected to be added to Lightroom CC. Now, normally, I would leave all the photos checked and bring them all in because it's a lot easier to call through photos after you bring them into Lightroom CC than here in this window.
But if you want, you can uncheck any photo here that you don't wanna bring into Lightroom CC. So I'll uncheck this one, for example. If you just wanna bring in a couple of photos, you can uncheck them all and then check those that you do want. So I'll go over to the Select All checkbox and I'll click there, and then I'll click one more time and that deselects all of these. And then, I'll just hover over the photos that I want and when I see this little circle, I'll click it, and that will mark it to bring into Lightroom CC.
One thing I really like about this Add To window is that there aren't a lot of options here to deal with. The only one to consider is the option here at the top, Add To Album. This means that if you had an album already made in Lightroom CC, you could automatically add these photos to that album. And an album is just a way to group related photos together. If you didn't have albums in Lightroom CC yet, you could make one from here and add these photos to that album. They don't have to do this because you can make albums later after you're inside of Lightroom CC, but just so you can see how it works, I'm gonna click this little arrow and I'll choose to make a new album, and I'll call this one Burano, which is where I took these photos, and I'll click Create.
And in just a moment when we're done here, we'll see that these photos are in a new album called Burano. All that's left to do is to go to the top right of the window and click the Add Photos button. And that closes the Import window and you'll see the photos that you selected to import here in Lightroom's interface. If you wanted to see all your photos, go way over to the left and click this icon, the My Photos icon. The shortcut for that is the letter P, by the way. And then, click All Photos and you can browse through all your photos, including the ones that you just brought in.
Here are mine. Before we finish up with this movie, let's take a few minutes to understand what you just accomplished. You've added photos not just to a program on your computer, but to a cloud-based system that you can access from Lightroom CC on any device. As long as you're online, Lightroom CC starts uploading your imported photos to the Adobe Cloud where all your Lightroom photos are stored at full resolution, and then from the cloud, those photos will automatically sync down to Lightroom CC on your other devices.
Phones, tablets, computers, and Lightroom on the web. And remember, this isn't the only place from which you can add photos to Lightroom CC. You can do the same thing from your phone or your tablet or from the web too.
- Adding photos from your computer or phone
- Working with the editing controls
- Adjusting lighting and color
- Removing objects
- Getting great looks with presets
- Adding lighting effects
- Controlling colors
- Copying edits to other photos
- Organizing and sharing your photos