Join Derrick Story for an in-depth discussion in this video Uploading pictures directly to Lightroom, part of Managing Your Mobile Photos.
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A lot of photographers enjoy using Lightroom for their DSLR work. It's a great application for both organizing and for image editing. It's also a good application for your mobile phone photos, and I'm going to show you a little bit about how that works right now. I have an iPhone plugged in to the computer and I have Lightroom loaded, and I have a few of my mobile phones already in the Lightroom catalog. I did that ahead of time because I want you to see some of the nice features that you have with mobile photography and Lightroom.
So I click on this shot right here and one of the nice things is, of course, that when I bring the photo in from my mobile device, I can add some IPTC data, such as my copyright, my creator, how to get ahold of me, all that good stuff. And so, you can set up a custom template if you want in Lightroom to add IPTC data when you backup your photos onto your computer.
Another thing, I have set up a specific folder here called Mobile Backup 2014 on my computer's hard drive in the Pictures folder so that everything during this year, 2014, that come in through the mobile phone to the computer go into this folder. That makes it easy to back up when I’m backing up my computer as a whole. So, my mobile photos have already been backed up once from the phone to the computer and then later on, I can back them up again onto other devices.
So it just becomes part of any sort of work flow that you're using to back up your computer. And finally, unlike a lot of other systems that aren't database-driven, I can create virtual folders and collections for the different photos so that I can look at, for example, just a collection of vineyard shoots that I took with my mobile phone, and that's easy to do in Lightroom. So let me show you how the import process actually works.
We'll go down to the Import button. My iPhone is plugged in. We're not going to import everything right now. You probably don't want to watch that. But we'll bring in these two shots right here. So, I'll select those. Now, up at the top in Lightroom, it tells you what you're importing from and where it's going. So we're going to import from my iPhone, we're going to make a copy, and we're going to put it on my hard drive. When it comes over here to the hard drive, and the destination is going to go into my Pictures folder, and I have a mobile backup folder established.
So I just leave picture selected, and then I have mobile backup, and I have all the shots going into one folder loose. You can set up by date. I just like them all in one folder. Of course, you can set up what works best for you. And then finally, here, we are going to add a little metadata and I set up a preset, my IPTC, which has my copyright information and my contact information. If you don't want to add any IPTC data, you can just choose None here.
And if you haven't setup a preset yet, you just go down to New and you can set up a preset pretty quickly. By the way, here at Lynda.com, we have lots of excellent training on Lightroom, so if any of this looks a little befuddling to you, we can help you out. We're here for you. Okay, I think we're all set to go. So now I'm just going to go down to Import. Very fast because my phone is actually connected via USB cable. It just zooms right in and if we click on one of these photos here, we'll see that we have the metadata.
Look at that, my copyright has been added, my name. So now, when this photo goes out from Lightroom, out into the wild, my name will travel with it. And then I want to show you, right here, here's our mobile backup folder, which is inside of our Pictures folder, and those images have been added. Now here, remember this is just the source of the database. Here they're just file names, but in Lightroom we can do things like give them virtual names and put them in collections.
So, I think this is a very viable way to go for backing up images from your mobile phone, especially an iPhone. Now, if you have an Android phone, you can't, generally speaking, at least it my testing, you can't just plug it into Lightroom and have Lightroom see it and then download the images off the internal memory of the Android phone. There are some workarounds out there and if you're using an Android phone, you might want to explore those workarounds.
I tested a few of them and they seem okay. Not quite as simple in this scenario as using the iPhone. If you have an iPhone, the Lightroom scenario for backing up your images and cataloging them is actually a pretty good one.
Learn how easy it is to store photos in the cloud with services such as Dropbox and iCloud and set up personal cloud storage with Pogoplug and Transporter. Next, check out storage options with online services like Flickr, Shutterfly, and Instagram, and explore how to back up photos manually with Lightroom, iPhoto, and Aperture. Finally, Derrick shows how to develop a flexible storage workflow that works best for you.
- Why backup is important
- Weighing backup approaches
- Determining the role of your mobile camera for your overall photography
- Backing up videos
- Should you back up music?
- Exploring the benefits of flash storage
- Evaluating the advantages and risks of using cloud storage
- Using Lightroom Mobile on the iPad
- Automating backups with Dropbox
- Creating a complete backup with iCloud and iPhoto
- Separating your movies and photos