So you shoot in jpeg or RAW and want to bring those pictures into Lightroom?
First Time steps
Put SD card into computer or use a card reader.
Set up Lightroom as Default program (Optional)
- Open Image Capture app
- In the bottom left for “Import to” select Other
- Choose Adobe Photoshop Lightroom in the Applications Folder
- Eject the SD card
- Close Image Capture
- Put the SD card back in. LR should pop open like a good little boy into the Import dialogue.
Make a Preset for Lens Corrections and Camera Profiles (Optional)
Go to the Develop Module by selecting Develop at the top right or type “D” Makes selections for Lens Corrections Basic and Profile
Make a new preset by hitting the “+” button next to Preset on the far left.
Make selections of preset below. Note the Name I choose. Making Preset names describing exactly what they do is a great idea. If you ever want to modify what happens to an image when it comes in you just modify this.
No go back to the Library Module by hitting selecting Library in the top right or typing “G”.
Set up Lightroom’s Import settings
In the Library Module Click Import on the bottom left.
Set it up as in the picture above.
The “Smart Preview” option is really only useful if the files will end up being stored external and disconnected. This Adobe article explains a lot of these settings in detail.
Pic of import
Notice the 2013/09/21 I’ll show what difference this makes on your hard drive.
Pic of folder in import
Here’s what it sets up inside your Pictures Folder. (or anywhere else you want it)
This is a big difference from Aperture and iPhoto. LR is only a catalog. It never hides the photos inside the application. They sit in plain day on your hard drive. Just go to the pictures folder and drill down to see the original.
It’s important to not mess with them straight in the folders. Do everything to them inside LR. That way the catalog stays up to date. You can move them to another folder, move them to an external hard drive, or delete them all right inside LR using the Library Module. All this is very easy and intuitive to do right inside LR. Doing it with the LR interface means the LR Catalog stays accurate.
Importing from now on
- Plug camera or card into computer
- Hit import
Next issues to tackle
Backup, Color Space Management, Culling, Editing, Exporting, Storage