Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Importing subsequent images, part of Lightroom 5: 01 Organizing Your Photos.
If you tend to capture a lot of images on a given photo outing, then you're probably going to work with multiple digital media cards in your camera. You fill up one card, for example, and so you swap that out with a new, fresh card so that you can capture additional images. And that means when you import your images, you're going to need to import more than once,for a given trip or photographic outing. In this case for example, I've downloaded some images from a trip to Alaska, and I need to import additional images, mostly images that were captured on a different day.
There are a wide variety of settings in the import dialog, but as you'll see in a moment, when you're importing subsequent images from the same basic photo outing, the process is actually relatively straightforward. In this case, I'm taking advantage of the option to rename my images as part of the import process. And so before I actually import the additional images, I want to make a note of the final image in the sequence. In this case, I only have 15 images that have been previously imported, and you can see that the last image is number 15.
I had renamed the images to Alaska with a sequence number. So in this case, Alaska-0015. And so I want to remember that so that I know what the next number in the sequence should be. Specifically, image number 16. So I'll start my sequencing with 16. But that's the only piece of information I really need to remember, and that's because when we import, most of the settings are sticky. Meaning they will go back to the settings we used most recently, when we imported images.
So, in the library module at the bottom of the left panel, I'll go ahead and click the Import button in order to bring up the import dialogue. You can see that the source of images, in this case a card inserted into a card reader, has automatically been selected. The option to eject that card after import is also turned on, so once the import process is complete, I can simply remove my card from the card reader, or, if that had been the case, I could disconnect my camera from the computer and then reformat the card and start capturing new images.
You also notice that because I most recently copied images from one location to another, in this case, from my compact flash card to an external hard drive, that that is established as the default setting. And in fact most of the settings have been retained from my previous import. You'll see that the photos drive has been selected as the destination. I'm rendering standard previews I'm not building smart previews. I'm making sure not to import suspected duplicates and I'm making a copy of the images as a back up to my desktop.
Next, we come to the file renaming section and here again, you can see that the option I used from the previous import is established. I'm renaming images and I'm renaming with the Alaska file name. However, there's one setting here that is sticky, that I'd rather not be sticky. That's the start number. I'm starting once again with image number 1, even though I already have an image number 1 based on this renaming structure. And that's exactly why I made a note of the last number in the original set of images, so that I knew what the next number would be.
In this case, I need to start with number 16, and so I'll go ahead and type 16 into the start number box. Scrolling down, you'll see that the Apply During Import section contains mostly the same settings I used previously. Specifically, I have the none option established for develop settings, and I have my Tim Gray metadata preset selected, for adding metadata to my images. But with the previous import, I actually added keywords. Well, just one keyword, Alaska. But you'll notice that, that was not remembered.
Lightroom has apparently forgotten that I wanted to add the keyword Alaska to my images. That means I need to type that keyword again, but this is actually a good thing. And that's because at least in my mind, it's better to have to type the keywords all over again, rather than to have keywords applied to other images inadvertently. For example, if I were now importing images from a completely different trip, the Alaska keyword might not be applicable. So, better that that keywords field is left blank for me, rather than accidentally applying keywords to images to which they don't apply.
So I'll go ahead and click in the keywords field here, and I'll type Alaska. And then I'll press Enter or Return on the keyboard to apply that change. Scrolling down to the destination section, you'll see that my options are established exactly as I left them. I'm organizing into a sub folder called Alaska July 2010. And within that folder, I'm consolidating all of the images into a single folder. You can see that most of the settings were sticky. So I didn't really have to change much at all. Since I'm renaming images, I needed to update the start number.
I needed to update the key words. But otherwise, everything was exactly the same, because I'm importing additional images, based on the same settings that I used for the previous import. And so, when I'm importing multiple sets of images from a single photographic trip or outing, the process is very simple. So, I'll go ahead and click the Import button to finalize that process, and Lightroom will process my images.
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- Importing images
- Setting up Lightroom preferences and catalog settings
- Backing up your catalogs
- Reviewing images with the Grid and Loupe views
- Renaming photos
- Adding flags, star ratings, color labels, and keywords to images
- Mapping photos
- Working with image stacks
- Locating images