Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing to a collection and collection filtering, part of Lightroom CC 2015 New Features.
- In this movie, I want to highlight a new feature which allows us to take advantage of working with collections when we import our images and videos into Lightroom. To show you how this feature works, I'll be working in the library module. And here I'll begin, by opening up the Collections panel and next by creating a collection set. Here I'll click on the + icon and then choose Create Collection Set. I'm gonna create one named Santa Barbara. And then simply click Create. Alright, well there it is, an empty collection set.
The next thing I need to do, is to bring in some images into Lightroom. Here you can see the Chapter 03 folder, at least mine is currently empty. So I'm gonna bring over some photographs. To do that, I'll click on the import button, which will open up our import dialogue. Next, I need to define a source. Well I have a folder of images sitting on my desktop named Santa Barbara. These are some photographs that I captured in downtown Santa Barbara when I was testing out a camera and lens. And what I want to do is bring those over to a new location and convert them to the DNG format.
So here I'll select Copy as DNG. Next, on the right-hand side, they're gonna go to my Chapter 03 folder, and underneath File Handling, we have a new option to include these photographs into a collection. When we click on the check box there, you'll notice it will open up an option down below. By default, it will put these in what's called a Quick Collection. Well that isn't what I want. So I need to create my own, So here to do that, we'll click on the + icon, and this will open up a new dialogue. Now because these were captured downtown, I'm gonna go ahead and name them or name the collection Downtown and I'll put these inside of the collection set that we just created.
Remember that one which we named Santa Barbara right there? Alright great. So we have these in a new collection called Downtown inside of our collection set Santa Barbara. Next, press the create button. Over here on the right it will show us that these images are gonna come into Lightroom, they'll go to a physical location on the hard drive. That's defined right here. But they'll also be included inside of a collection. Alright I should point out, too that I'm gonna copy these over as the DNG format and the reason why I wanted to do that is because there's a new way that Lightroom now, handles the conversion to DNG.
What it does is it brings over your images much quicker and then does the DNG conversion in the background. So it just speeds up that overall workflow. Alright well here, I think we're ready to import these photographs, so we'll click import. What will then happen is it will bring these over, lightning fast. You can see it brought them over to a physical location and it also included these images inside of our collection, which we named Downtown. Alright well that was bringing over images from a folder.
What about bringing in images from a media card? That's perhaps the most common way we import our stuff into Lightroom. Well let's take a look at that. Here we click on the import button, once again. This will bring back our import dialogue where we need to define a source. I'll go to my compact flashcard right there. And here you can see I have a number of photographs that I captured of one of my friends down at the beach. Now I'm not gonna import all of these images because that might be a bit overkill, but rather I'll just choose a few.
So here I'll uncheck all and then let me just select a couple images to bring in. And that will keep our exercise file size down a little bit. But I should point out, you can import all the photographs. The process is the same either way. Over here on the right-hand side, we can add these to a collection. Let's create a new collection because they weren't captured downtown. Here I'll click on the + icon. This time I'll create a new collection. I'll name this one Beach. We'll have this inside of our collection set of Santa Barbara. Now for the options, we can choose the target collection.
And what that will do is just define that as a target collection, which allows us to easily add other photographs to that. So here I'll choose that option this time. Click Create. It will show us that over here. The little + is now indicating this is our target collection. Next, let's click on the Import button. That will then bring those images off of, or take those off of the compact flashcard, import or download them into a particular location. Here you can see they're inside of the 03 folder.
They now live there on the hard drive in that location. But, they're also grouped together in a nice little, neat collection which we have here. This is our Beach collection. We also have another one which is the Downtown collection. And the advantage of this, obviously, is just that it allows us to take advantage of working with collections more quickly, so that we don't have to do this after the fact, but rather we can do it upon import. We can also do this when we're working with Tethered Capture. Let me show you what that would look like.
To access Tethered Capture, go to that File pulldown menu. Then choose Tethered Capture. Next, select the menu item Start Tethered Capture. This will open up our Tethered Capture dialogue and what's most important to us, at least in regards to the new feature, is to click on Add to Collection. Here it will show us the sets and also collections we already have. Well these really wouldn't make sense because when we're using Tethered Capture, we're most often in the studio. So, let me create a new one.
Here I'll create a new collection and I'm just gonna call this Studio. Put it inside of my collection set Santa Barbara. Click Create and then it will display that right here. I should also point out that another new feature in Tethered Capture is that, as you start to work with this, it will show you if you're camera battery is getting low, or if your media card is getting full. So that's a nice, new addition here with Tethered Capture. Yet, back to the topic of this movie, which is about working with collections, and as you can see here we can do that whether we're importing from a folder, a media card, or, working with Tethered Capture as we've set up here in this dialogue.
Skill Level Intermediate
Q: This course was updated on 02/05/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new movie, "Boundary Warp for better pano photos."
Q: This course was updated on 10/18/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that cover new localized masking, color masking on a landscape, luminance masking on a landscape, and localized masking.