Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Import: Best practices, part of Lightroom and Photoshop: Photography Workflow Strategies.
- Unlike Bridge which simply points at your files and your folders, Lightroom pulls your images into a database, and by doing that there are all sorts of unique advantages. Let's start with the Import Module and talk about a few things you ought to know. So, we're going to navigate on the left to where we want to pull our files from. In my case, I'm going to go with the exercise files. You could go with any that you like. And you'll notice that our folders and subfolders are all honored here. And those will come in to Lightroom as well. So, I've chosen to Include Subfolders.
On the left is where we're pulling from, on the right is where we're going to. By default it will put it in the catalog that we want. At the top and the middle here, we have a few different choices, and they explain what they do. We can either add the photos without moving them. So, if you were moving from say Bridge, and you wanted to respect your current workflow, you could do that. You could also move your photos to a new location or you could copy them and say okay, keep them where they are, but also bring them in. I'm going to say Copy as DNG, and what this is going to do is any of my native raw files that have not been converted to digital negative will be converted to DNG.
This is going to make the files a little bit smaller. It's going to make sure that the settings are packaged within them. It's just a better way to treat raw files, and it's future-proof. So, I see that everything is selected here. That looks great. On the right hand side, let's talk about a few of our choices here. With File Handling, we do have the opportunity to make a second copy to another location. So, I really recommend archiving your files at some point. This is an easy way to do that. You could say, as we're bringing these files in, also put them elsewhere.
Other things that you can do is you can choose to Rename your files, and a really important one as you get more comfortable with Lightroom and start building presets is that you can apply your presets on the way in. So, if anyone is shooting in the studio or controlled lighting, take the time to build a preset for that, apply it on import and you'll save yourself a ton of time. So, once you're all set, this is where you would import and the great thing about this dialog is while there are a lot of controls here, it is all sticky. It'll look just the way you left it the next time you come in here.
In this course, Bryan O'Neil Hughes describes a modern photographic workflow that pairs Photoshop with Lightroom. Learn the differences between a Bridge and ACR workflow and a Lightroom workflow, and see how to take advantage of Lightroom's features to work more efficiently.
And because the world is going mobile, Bryan also shares insights into where Lightroom for mobile fits into today's photographic workflow.
- Capturing images
- Importing images in Lightroom
- Working with HDR images and panoramas
- Developing photos in Lightroom vs. Camera Raw
- Getting the most from Photoshop's tools
- Going beyond the desktop with Adobe mobile apps, CC Libraries, and Behance
- Putting it all together in a streamlined workflow