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- Importing and managing photos and video clips
- Improving efficiency with enhanced collections
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction
- Mastering the enhanced adjustment brush, graduated filter, and vignette features
- Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
- Adding audio to slideshows
- Creating custom print packages
- Importing on-the-fly with tethered shooting
- Publishing photos to Flickr
- Publishing to a smart folder and smart photoset
- Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with legacy images
- Making and working with creative watermarks
Skill Level Intermediate
In this movie, we're going to cover one of the most common ways of importing photos and that is directly from a memory card. In this particular case, once I connected the memory card, it automatically opened up the Import dialog, and that happened because of a great preference. You can find the preference by going to the Lightroom pulldown menu and then navigating to Preferences, and this is by default checked on. If it isn't, make sure to check it on. It's Show import dialog when a memory card is detected. That will automatically open up this dialog. Well, you can see here that I have a number of different photographs and also one movie or video file, and these are all photographs of Lynda Weinman, she is such an inspiring and bright person, and I captured these photographs when I was recording a title a little while ago, and there are some fun portraits of her.
Now, what I want to do is I want to bring these into Lightroom, so that we can work on them. Well, my option up top is to Copy. I want to copy the photos to a new location, which will then of course add them to my catalog. Anytime you import, it's always adding the photos to the catalog. Next what I need to do is navigate to my panels over here on the far right. One of the tricks with panels, and this is true wherever you are in Lightroom, is that when you have all your panels opened, you end up scrolling quite a bit, and it just gets a little bit visually cluttered. It's hard to work with.
What I prefer to do is to work in Solo mode. You can access Solo mode a couple of different ways. The easiest way is to move underneath the panels and then right-click or Ctrl+click and choose Solo mode. What you'll see is that these little triangles will change. They're now little dots rather than a solid icon. So now when I open a panel, it only allows one panel to be opened at once. I don't need to scroll and, again, this is really helpful. Now, if you prefer to use the other method, you can always right-click or Ctrl+click and then turn Solo mode off right here.
I'm going to go ahead and leave it on. All right. Well, File Handling, what do I want to do? Currently I have the option for rendering previews and it remembered whatever I did last time, which was Standard. That's typically what I do. I'm capturing most of my images with a Canon 5D Mark II. They're really high res files, so Standard will suffice for me. Well, next, I don't want to import any suspected duplicates. That is, if I already have these images in my catalog, don't re-import them for me. Now, I'm going to make a second copy of these files to another hard drive, and you can do that by clicking on this link here, and I'm going to go ahead and navigate to a folder here on sashimi, and I create a new folder and I'm going to call this one backup_ldc lynda.com.
So I'm going to then save these files to this particular location and hit Choose. You'll notice it's updating where I am going to save these files to. Now, typically you want to do this, because you want to at least have your images in two, ideally three, locations. So now on import, it's going to bring these files to two different hard drives; one hard drive on my Desktop and then one external hard drive. Let's go to the next panel, which is File Renaming. You have the option to choose a different type of a name. If I want to go to a Template, let's say a Custom Name with a Sequence, or Filename with a Sequence, you get the gist.
I'll go ahead and turn this off, because the naming convention here is fine. All right. Apply During Import, here I can apply some develop settings, if I want to apply different settings in regards to creative presets that I have that are part of my Develop module. That's really interesting, right, because you could say, let's convert all these to black and white when we import them, and you can choose that right there. In my case, I'm going to select None. Metadata. Now, this is really quite important, because typically what you want to do is at least include copyright information when you import your images.
So what we'll need to do is create a new netadata preset. So I'm going to go ahead and click New. This will then open up this new preset, and I'm going to type out a copyright name, and in the copyright information, I'm going to include the copyright year and Copyright Status, Copyrighted, and then I'll create that. Now, I have that particular Metadata field here in this pulldown menu, and I can then apply that copyright information to all the photos. Keep in mind that whatever you do here on this side is global, meaning it's going to apply to every image.
What about keywords? Well, that's going to be a little bit complicated, because I have these portraits of Lynda, but then I also have this video file of a recent book that I published. So let's say I decided to add a keyword Lynda. The problem with that is that this book or this video file is also going to contain that Keyword. We can fix that if we need to, or you may just want to use a little but more general keywords. In my case, I'm going to create this keyword to go over all the images and then we'll take a look at how we can fix that. Sometimes you need to do that. All right. Well, finally destination, what do we want to do here? Well, in this particular case what I'm going to do is I'm going to organize these files into a subfolder. The folder name is lynda.
Now, wherever I click, you'll notice that it will become a subfolder of whatever folder that I click on. And that's kind of handy. It's a nice way to begin to organize things. If you want to get a little bit more complex, you can organize your images by date, and here it's going to show me I have a total of 6 images. I'm going to import all of them. If I turn one of the images off, say I don't want to import this one or that one, those are a little bit too candid. You notice that it's now importing 3 of 5, overall 4 of 6 images. Now, that's one of the advantages of organizing your images by way of date.
If you go back to just Into one folder, you're not going to have that same functionality as far as showing you how many images you're importing. That being said, that's not that significant or that important. I now have my destination. I'm going to import these into my exercise_files folder, subfolder photos, subfolder is now going to be called lynda. I'll bring all of these images and this one movie file into that particular location. I'll go ahead and click Import, and one of the things that you'll notice in regards to Lightroom 3 is that it is much faster than Lightroom 2.
It's especially faster in regards to rendering previews of images and processing your files, and that's going to help a lot on our import time. It's going to really speed that up. Well, so far so good. I have all of these images now included inside of my Lightroom catalog. If you go over here to Folders, inside that one folder you'll notice that I have all three of these images and this one movie file. Now, remember there's a problem, right. You can see that I have these images with keywords on them, this particular file, I don't want it to have that lynda keyword. So I'm going to go over to my Keywording panel, delete that, now that problem has been solved.
This movie file doesn't have that keyword that was added upon import.