Join Colin Smith for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing images from a hard drive, part of Lightroom 1.3 for Digital Photographers.
Well, very obviously, the first thing you need to do to get any use out of Lightroom is to import some pictures. There are two different ways of bringing in pictures. One is when we bring in pictures from a local drive, such as a hard drive on our computer, and there is a slightly different strategy that we will look at for bringing in photos from an external source, such as a CD-ROM or from a CompactFlash Card. So let's start by choosing the Import button, and now we need to find some photos. I am actually looking on my local computer here, and I've got a folder of photos here on my C drive.
So I am just going to select the first image, and now I want to choose them all. So I am just going to hit Ctrl key and A for All, and on Mac you would use Command+A for All, and we are just going to Open. All right, here are our options for importing photos. Now, as you can see, here we have got our photos selected, and there are 120 photos selected here. We have an option, Don't re-import selected duplicates.
So we can ignore those if there are images that look like there are two images that are exactly the same or three or four, whatever it is, it's pretty self-explanatory. So let's not import those, and then you will see a little option down here for Show Preview. Now when we turn on the Preview, we can actually scroll down, and we can look at the actual individual images that we are going to be importing. We can change the sizes of these thumbnails just by sliding the thumbnail slider and obviously we can increase the size as well.
So if we drop it down and perhaps we see some images in here that we don't want to import, all we need to do is just simply turn off the check mark and those ones will be ignored, but let's import all the photos. Let's look at the options here. Under File Handling we have three different categories. At the very top here is Import photos at their current location, and this is the actual option, the best option for bringing in photos that you want to work with on your local computer, because what it's going to do is it's going to create a reference.
It's not going to actually move any photos, it's not going to bring any photos into Lightroom. All it's going to do is make a reference to those photos, and then we can begin to work with them and they'll be part of our Lightroom library. Then we have got the two other options here. We've got the Copy photos or Move photos, and we will do of those when we are working for an external drive. Another option is a Copy photos as Digital Negatives and import, and I'll actually create DNG files, and that's a great option as well. DNG is Adobe's format for the Digital Negative.
That's a Raw format, that's cross- platform, and that's there as a little safeguard, because in the future perhaps some camera manufacturers may not support their roll converters right now and by converting to DNG you'll be future-proofed. Let's move down to some other options here. We've got the Develop Settings we can put in here, and if we wanted to say for example make all of our images grayscale when we bring them in, we could turn on that option. We are not going to use any of those right now, but just be aware that they're there.
Then the other ones are Metadata. We can apply metadata to these as we bring them in, and this is a great way of saving time. For example, you may want to put your copyright information into each image, and if we wanted to do that what we could do is we could actually create a keyword or a metadata template, and to do that what we would do is we would just choose New. Now when we see New we see this Preset. And why don't we just call this one Colin Import? Actually it would be Import. Sorry.
Then what we can do is we can put some information here. We could just decide we want to give it a Basic Information, and we could turn these options on, or we could give it all those different types of information. Now typically I would suggest that you take the time to sit down and create a nice template of the information that you're going to use a lot. For example, let's do our Copyright information. We could turn our Copyright Status to Copyrighted unless we want to make images Public Domain.
In my case, I like to copyright them, and I'll just put down my name. In the Usage Rights Terms, I'll just write Ask first, and then I'll put in my web site URL, PhotoshopCAFE.com. Basically, what's going to happen now is this information is going to be put on those files, and it's going to travel with those files. So this is a very nice thing to do, and you may want to put all your contact information on here.
In this case we are just going to make this simple, and I am just going to choose Create. Now you'll notice under here I now have an option. Here is one of my templates, Colin Import, and I can create a bunch of different templates here with Presets, and I can edit them by choosing the Edit option. We are just going to go for a very basic one right now. We can put in some keywords, but because I am not going to bother, because we are bringing in a lot of various images right now. These are good options, and we'll look at these good options here for when we are working with a CompactFlash card. Now let's look at the initial previews.
The initial previews, we can do Minimal, Standard. Standard is what I set in the Preferences, or we can choose a 1:1, and 1:1 will create a full-sized preview for each one of these or render out a full-sized preview and make things a lot faster working in Lightroom. In this case we are not going to do that right now. We are just going to choose Import, and now, as you can see, the images are beginning to import in here, and it might take a little while, because there is quite a few pictures we are bringing in, and as you see, as they're importing you will notice up at the top here, you will see this little status bar is going across, and it's telling us what's happening.
There are two approaches are in progress. That's fetching the Initial Previews right now. So now it's actually creating those previews, but you can see our images are now in here. Inside Lightroom we can scroll down, and we can see all our images have actually been imported.
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