Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing and converting to DNG, part of Working with Raw-Format Photos in Lightroom and Photoshop.
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- Okay, let's get started by importing our raw files…into Lightroom.…And within the Library Module I can either do that…from the button on the lower left here,…or we can come up here to our File menu and Import.…And you see that it says Photos and Videos.…We're going to bring in all of our various exercise files.…And if you don't have the exercise files,…feel free to bring in your own.…You'll notice that mine are comprised of a CR2,…a bunch of PSD files, JPGs,…and even some images that have already been converted…to DNG.…
And that's something that I'm going to advocate that you do.…You see that you have a lot of different options here.…You can add your files to a catalog without moving them.…Keep them where they are.…You could move them.…You could copy them.…Or you could copy as DNG.…And I would set it there and leave it there.…DNG files are smaller than raw files.…They contain the instructions of the raw file.…Their preview will represent your edited state…and you're also able to pass DNG files to people…using older versions of the software.…
First, take a look at converting raw-format photos to the DNG format in Lightroom and using its Develop module to improve their contrast, color, and tone. Then find out how to adapt your raw workflow when you're on the move—on a mobile device or simply migrating from an application like iPhoto or Aperture. Next, Bryan switches over to Photoshop and its powerful Camera Raw plugin to optimize raw-format images and video. Along the way, he draws important comparisons between Photoshop and Lightroom, ending with tips for round-tripping back to Lightroom and creating camera profiles to make sure you're getting the most rich and accurate results from both programs.