Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Selecting photos to import from a CF card, part of Lightroom 5 Essentials: 01 Importing with the Library Module.
Let's take a look at how we can import our photographs directly from a memory card into Lightroom., Before we start to work with the import dialogue though, you may want to navigate to the preferences dialog. Navigate to the Lightroom pull-down menu, then choose Preferences and underneath the general tab in the preferences dialogue I recommend you turn on this option for your import option, which is to show the import dialogue when a memory card is detected. In that way when you connect a card reader to your computer and put in your memory card.
It will automatically trigger light room to open up that import dialogue. Alright, after having turned on that option I'll go back to light room and here I'll simply click on the import button because my compact flash card and memory card reader is already connected to the computer. Alright, well, starting on the left hand side of this dial up we need to define which images we want to import. In this case, I want to import the photographs, which are located on this card. Now you can also choose different sources here, as we've already seen, by clicking on the various menu options that we have, or you can click on this pull down menu here.
When you do that you'll notice that you have various options. In this case ,I can choose files from certain hard drives, or recent locations, or in this case, the compact flashcard of these photographs, which I just captured this morning. Now I typically don't show images before I've worked on them, but here we have a glance into my overall work flow. Now, when you select photographs which are on a card, what you need to do is copy those half of that card and then save them to a new destination or a new location. We'll talk about that in just a minute.
Now when it comes to copying these photographs, you really have 2 options. You can either choose to copy the images and keep them in their current file format, in this case a RAW format. These images were captured using the Canon 5D Mark, and three and there is the RAW format. Or you can copy and convert the files to the DNG format. Now that's what I do in my own work flow. We'll talk a little bit more about the DNG file format later. So you don't have to do this, but I just want to highlight that you can choose either Copy As DNG or Copy.
One of the reasons why I do this, is because it creates a smaller file. Remember there's some lossless compression that you can do with DNG. It also allows you to work more quickly with those files, if you use a fast load option. So again, let's go ahead and select that option for now, and here what I'm going to do is scroll through these photographs which I haven't edited at all. And what I want to do is select just a few, because I don't want to overwhelm our exercise files folder with a lot of extra images. So I'm just looking for a few images. Now currently all of the photographs are checked, that would import all of these pictures.
Rather than doing that here, I'll uncheck these, and again I'm just doing this because I don't want to import all 200 photographs here so that you have to deal with those, rather I'll just import a few selects. I think that this image might be a good one. In order to zoom in on the photograph we can either click on the loop icon, or you can also just double click on the image. When you double click on the image, it gives you a closer view of this picture. These are some portraits that I captured of a really fascinating person, he owns a company and designs shows for that company, the company's name is Ceevee's and in this case it was just some editorial portraits of him in this environment.
Well here I think this picture might work. It also makes me realize I wish I wouldn't have hung the shoes in this location, this may be a good example file because we can look at how we can quickly remove that in Photoshop. So I'll go ahead and select this image to do that I'll click on the check box here to include in the import. Now to scroll to other photographs we can use our arrow keys, when we press the arrow keys you can see other options. Some of these pictures aren't very good. There's a smiling one which might work. Again, I'm just going to scroll through using my arrow keys of this larger view.
Actually, I like this one a little bit better, him looking down into the corner over here. I think that's a fine shot. So again, I'll include that one in the import. Next, we can navigate back to the grid view by double clicking the image or by clicking this icon right here. So again, you can either click on the icons to navigate back and forth or you can double click. Now just so we have a little bit of variety. Let me scroll down to later time in the shoot in order to try to find another photograph that might be fun. And here I'm just going quickly in order to try to highlight or find a file.
I think one of these might work pretty well. And I'll go ahead and select one. And click on the loop icon. Yeah I kind of like that. And again I will use the arrow keys to scroll back and forth to look at the different varieties of the photographs. That one doesn't work. I think this one is kind of cool. All right? Well, here, we'll include that in the import. Now, typically you won't need to go through each and every one of your images and just select a few. Yet, it is important to see how you can start to scan your photographs and then find certain images that you want to work on.
Because often, you'll encounter that there will be certain photographs where your exposure is so far off, where you just took a test shot and you don't want to include that in your library to sort of bog it down with that extra file size. Now, you can always delete those pictures later, yet either way, now we've seen how we can kind of zoom in on our pictures, and select some pictures that we want to copy off of the compact flash card. And then bring over to our hard drive. Alright, well at this point I think it's a pretty good stopping point. Here we've talked about selecting the source, the compact flash card, we've also looked at how we're going to copy those over as DNG, and then we've got into some of the details of how we can zoom in and zoom out and select certain files.
Next, let's talk about how we can dial in a few options when it comes to where we're going to copy those files to. And because that's going to be a little bit more involved, let's talk about that in the next movie.
- What is Lightroom?
- Importing images and video files
- Choosing an import destination
- Renaming files
- Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
- Working with tethered capture
- Exporting a catalog
- Using Smart Previews
- Customizing the Lightroom background