Join Bryan O'Neil Hughes for an in-depth discussion in this video Tips for importing photos into Lightroom, part of Enhancing iPhone Photos with Lightroom and Photoshop.
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Here we in Lightroom, and we're going to import the photos off of our iPhone, into Lightroom's library. Now, before doing that, I recommend culling your images on the iPhone itself. If there are images you absolutely don't want, go ahead and get rid of them there. Once you're ready, come up here to Import photos and videos, and you'll see your iPhone appear as a device. These are just some throwaway shots that I took this morning, but you can see, I've got a host of JPEGs, and I have a movie as well. Lightroom treats them the same. It'll manage them the same. And while I'll be able to do some things to JPEGs that I can't do to the movie, I will be able to preview all of them.
Just a couple of things to note here. The images are coming from the iPhone. This is our source, and they're going to our hard drive. This is our destination. We have some choices about what we do with them. I'm going to leave it as Copy as DNG. DNG is a raw file and, it wont matter if it's a JPEG, but what it will do is it will just go ahead and move things into catalog. It'll take care of the conversion for us, and it's just a good sticky setting. There's all sorts of great reasons for using DNG. For the sake of your iPhone, just leave it on, and forget about it. You don't need to worry.
Now on the right, and this'll be more important as you come in here and repeatedly do imports. The Don't Import Suspected Duplicates button, that's checked by default. And what that means is, if I were to import these, and then go out and take ten more shots, the next time I imported them, I wouldn't have to import them all over again. Now, this next one is really important too. Make a second copy too. One of the reasons we're pulling them into the Lightroom is to back them up. If you wanted to further back them up to another volume, this is where you would do that. One of the great ways to save time is to apply presets on Import.
These can be the prepackaged presets that come with Lightroom, or they can be your own user-generated presets. If there are certain things you like to do to all of your images, save it as a preset. A good example would be something like lens correction and highlight recovery. You could do those to all of your images, and just apply it on the way in. One other thing, let's just go ahead and key word this, iPhone 5S. Now, granted, that information is EXIF data that sits with the file, but it's a nice way to search later, if I choose to do that.
That's about all we need to do. Once you've done this once or twice, you just come right in and click Import. And Lightroom will go ahead, and copy those, and it'll say, those are non-RAW files. They weren't converted to DNG. But it doesn't matter, they've been copied into our Library here. And the only difference between them, is the one on the far right is a video file. And if I were to roll over that, I'd see a little bit of movement. Now, from here what I like to do, is look at things full screen. And to do that, I'm actually going to get rid of as much of my interface as possible.
This would be much more relevant if there were a lot of these. I could hit L to turn out the lights, to dim them, and L again to completely darken them. I could choose to see my thumbnails larger here, but the best way to tell which images I like, is to just hit the space bar and see this full screen. Now again, I could hit L to turn out the lights, L again to darken things. And if I like this, what I usually do, is give it a star ranking. So this is a four star in my mind, out of five. And that's what it'll give it. If I wanted to Flag it, which is another convention, I could hit the P key.
The next one, I can say okay, maybe that's a three. Next one, we'll make that a five. And the next one, let's make this a four, the video, let's just pick that. I'm going hit G, for Grid to see them all over again. And now you'll see, that we have a few interesting choices here. One of the things that we can do is we can look by attribute. Just the files that are flagged, three or greater, four or greater, five or greater, or none of them. I could also sort by color.
Okay, so just one other great way to preview things. Let's say that we want to look at our two four stars. I'm going to cmd+click, and then, I'm going to come down here, and look at them side by side. As with the rest, I can turn off the lights, and I can say, you know what, let`s get rid of this one. The image that remains, that`s really the one that I want to work with. So, obviously, a much bigger screen and a really nice way to preview your work. I mention all of this because you want to save yourself as much time as possible.
You might want to hold on to all of these, but there's probably only a few that you want to edit. So, those are the first steps for importing and just some good things to be mindful of as you're bringing the files in.
Next, Bryan explores Lightroom and Photoshop techniques aimed at working around the iPhone camera's limitations and making mobile photos look their best: enhancing dynamic range, correcting lens distortion, reducing noise and enhancing sharpness, and much more. Plus, learn how to create HDR images and panoramas, and even lift still images from video.
- Shooting your best with metering and focus
- Importing iPhone photos into Lightroom
- Correcting lens distortion
- Adding grain to hide artifacts
- Creating a collage from multiple images
- Employing selective focus and sharpening
- Generating still images from iPhone video clips