Join Colin Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing images from a flash card, CD, or DVD, part of Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers.
Now let's have a look at importing some images from a CompactFlash card, this is something you'll do quite regularly, and you bring it either from a CompactFlash or from the camera directly. Personally it's better to use the Flash Card because it's much quicker and also you preserve your cameras batteries. So what we can do is we're going to choose File, and this time we're going to choose Import Photos from Device. And we get this Import warning here that tells us it's sees two different things, a Flash Reader and the G:(EOS_DIGITAL), and the EOS DIGITAL is actually the CompactFlash card that I've just plugged into my computer.
So we're going to click OK, and here we go, we get we can see it now. It actually shows us our images and the checked ones are the ones that are going to be imported. And now let's have a look at the Options here. Notice that when I chose that Import from Device, I was given only the other two options, which is Copy photos to a new location and import or Copy photos as Digital Negatives (DNG) and import. So we're going to choose--we need to copy them, because if you go for the normal import, and you just make a reference to your images and they are on a card, well, guess what happens.
When you play that card you're going to lose all your photos. When you disconnect the card, the photos are not going to be connected to your machine. So it's a real little trap that you could fall in to and just make sure that you always copy those photos, or you could move them if you wanted. Typically, I prefer to copy them. Copying means that it doesn't take them off the card, it just makes a copy on the machine. Moving them will actually take them off the card and then put them on a machine. Not a good idea because if you've a power failure in the middle, you could lose photos. So it's better to copy and make sure everything is going across nicely and then put your card back in your camera and then just format the card in the camera.
That's the best way of cleaning it off. So we're going to copy to a New Location, and we want to choose where we're going to put the location, and by default it's going to copy it into the Pictures Folder. And that's fine, because we're working inside our Picture's Folder. Now we can organize this by different ways, we're just going to go by Date, that'll be fine. Now at the same time, here is an interesting thing we can do is we can choose Backup, and we can actually download two copies of it.
We can actually make a Backup Copy, and in this case we'll do that. So as you are going to download one copy into the Picture's Folder and another one is been going into the Lightroom Download Backups Folder. Now let's look at the File naming. We can use a Template, and you'll see there is a lot of basic templates here, Custom Names, Filename-Sequence, or we can hit Edit and make our own template. In this case let's use a Custom Name, and we can type the Custom Name in here, and I'm going to call it Maui since these photographs were shot in Maui at the beach.
And now we can apply here, we can do a Develop Settings once again, we can apply our Metadata. One of the things I am going to do this time is I am going to put some keywords in. And I'll just put a comma in between, and we'll call this beach, and let's do waves, sunset. So you can see we have put several different keywords in here now.
And then all we need to do is we can just click the Import, but before we do that there is another option here which we can eject the card after importing, let's do that, so we don't have to eject it later. And then we'll just hit the Import, and now that's going to bring these images into Ligthroom. Here we go, there is the first, and as you can see, it takes a little bit longer to bring them in on a card than it does to bring them in from the local computer, because the card is running on USB right now.
And one of the things you'll notice as it's coming in here, you'll see this little tag here, this little tag is telling us that we have keywords in the photo and those are the keywords that we added. One of the other things you'll notice too, if you look at the photos here, you'll notice that we have one option here which is All photographs, and we have another one which is the Current Import, which is what we are importing right now. And it's now into Previous Import. Why did it change from current to previous? Because current was while it was importing, you would have see the progress here.
And once it was finished, now we can go back to that at any time. So for example, if I'm choosing all photographs, looking over my photos, and then I want to get back to my Previous Import, I just click that. And then I can see those other images. So now safe to eject your card, and you've imported your pictures.
There's nothing more frustrating than having hundreds of digital pictures clogging up one's hard drive. Photoshop Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers teaches picture-takers how to import, organize, develop, and output images with ease. Instructor Colin Smith breaks down even the most complex tasks into quick and easy-to-understand techniques, and demonstrates multiple methods that work in real-world situations. He teaches photographers how to work efficiently with metadata; create custom keyword sets; and understand Lightroom's ratings, flags, and labels. Colin also shares some of his secret tips!
- Importing images from a hard drive
- Working with the panels efficiently
- Understanding and managing catalogs
- Customizing the HTML galleries
- Adding music to slideshow presentations
- Converting grayscale images
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Getting Started
2. The Library and Catalogs
6. Advanced Adjustments
9. Lightroom for the Web
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