Importing Photos into Lightroom

This second article is part of the series:

Lightroom 5 – everything you need to know to get started on the right foot!

Where in the first article I teach what it is and how to create catalogs in Lightroom 5, and now we will learn how to import your first pictures! Remembering that Lightroom is another tool of the Adobe package geared to photographers, it replaces Adobe Bridge and Adobe Camera Raw and still brings together several features of revelation and photo editing in Photoshop.

 Importing photos into Lightroom 5

So we begin by choosing the option: “File” (file) > “Import Photos and Video”.

Then opens the import dialog box:

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The import interface is basically divided into “origin”, “action” and “Destiny” .

ORIGIN

Is where we select where our photos are imported, remembering that Lightroom was developed to work with views, i.e. you can have in a single catalog, pictures from several different places, but regardless I strongly recommend that you keep your photos organized in HD.

ACTION

Here is where we choose what to do with these pictures.

Copy the DNG: If we want Lightroom copy these files as DNG (archival Format for digital camera raw data via A2zcamerablog) which is an attempt by Adobe to standardize the RAW files. The advantage would be that the files with this extension has a 15% compression of your size without loss of quality. It may seem little, but when working with very large volumes of pictures, can be a good alternative.

Copy: Or that he create a copy of the image, which is useful when we are importing photos from an external HD, or a USB stick or a memory card.

Move: If we want it to move the photo to the site which you will choose, but I don’t recommend using because you may experience power failure or any failure during the copy and you cannot revert.

ADD: or simply add these pictures to the catalog.

And at the bottom of this section you have the options from left to right:

  1. Show the images in a grid.
  2. Show one by one.
  3. Select all to import images (Check All)
  4. Deselect all the images (Uncheck All)
  5. Rank (Sort) per hour of capture (Capture Time), selected (Checked), the file name (File Name) or media type (Media Type), or none (Off).
  6. And lastly a slider that you determine the size of your thumbnail.

DESTINY

This part is all the settings for how you want the Lightroom handle your files.

  1. Rendering views

Here you will choose how much Zoom Lightroom will render your photo:

  1. Minimal – display the images immediately using the embedded previews in the photos. Lightroom renders standard-size previews when needed.
  2. Embebed & Sidecar-Show the largest possible preview available from the camera. This option can be more than a minimal preview but is still faster than rendering a preview of default size.
  3. default — Lightroom renders standard-size previews using the Adobe RGB color space and is what you see in the zoom level “Fit” (adjust) the Loupe view.
  4. 1:1 – 100% View of actual pixels.

1:1 – 100% View of actual pixels.

If you leave the minimum display, every time I click on an image to view it at 100% (1:1), will have to wait for the program to do the rendering of the image. I never liked, but remember the bigger this rendering, more time it will take to import the photos. If you are importing all images of a HD, it is interesting to keep in the slightest, for example, and then you can change it by folder, work, etc.

  1. Build Smart Previews– Basically are views that can be used (even worked), when your documents are not available, such as, for example, you can have in your notebook these smart previews without the need to have the original photos in the same place.Normally used by those who work with Hd ´ s. Up to version 4 of Lightroom when you were working in a view without being connected to the original, he said that the file was missing.

But not everything is flowers, despite being a great resource, this view is smaller and has less quality, since the program that creates a DNG file smaller.

  1. do not import duplicate photos-Extremely recommended because it is disheartening when you realize that there’s a lot of repeated photo because you forgot the order of the cards in the import
  2. Create a copy in: This is an option that also recommend much, i.e. already in the importation Lightroom will copy the photos from the card to a specific place of your HD, will insert these views in your catalog (read here about Lightroom catalogue) and still make the backup of your pictures!
  3. rename files— here you choose how you want the Lightroom rename your files during import and for this he already gives you many options: change the name and put next to numbering, create number sequences, date and name of the file, etc.

And if you click on Edit (Edit) opens this box so you can customize 100% the names of your files.

I don’t usually rename my files during import, because of my organization from my HD, but I use this function when you finish a job and then customize the names of the files that I’m delivering to my client.

  1. Settings of revelation– This is a very useful option for those who works with many pictures and is nothing more than the ability to apply adjustments (or effects) in all the photos during import. In another article I will teach you to create Presets that can be used there.

If like me, you have just installed Lightroom, you will realize that it comes with some presets, but are very creative, I prefer basic settings presets for the first picture, that is, knowing my camera lens I used among other things, I can create a preset that already increase the exposure in 1 point, or intensify the colors , etc.

  1. Metadata– soon will publish a post on this topic that I consider very important. For now, the important thing is to know that is where you will put your information so that they stay inside the EXIF (exif to know more about, you can read the article “Exif, enhance your photos with this resource” ).
  2. keywords– another very important function for the Organization of your photos, as Lightroom will enter this information into the photo which allows you to make specific searches. For example, if you are checking in on pictures of a wedding you could choose keywords like: Wedding in the evening, the local name of the bride, the groom, the date of the event, among other more specific data by type of reception among others. I took pictures of weddings made of day to send budget, all I have to do the search and can choose quickly the photos you want. Imagine if I had to look at all the weddings I have ever photographed in search of this information???

The trick is that the more detailed, the better.

  1. Destiny-This does not need much explanation, is very intuitive and is where you want the Lightroom save your files.

You can choose whether it will be within a folder that you just created in the Panel (into Subfolder), and if you’re going to organize by date, in this case if you have more than one event per card he already does this organization by folders with dates of the pictures (very useful option).

And now just click on import.

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