Lightroom: Importing Images

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Here’s a video were I run through importing images in Lightroom. I cover in detail the import window, folder structures, metadata, and keywords.

About Author Johny Spencer

Johny Spencer is a professional landscape and wilderness photographer for the National Park Service in Australia. He's passionate about sharing the photo love with others to help them smash out amazing photography. He hangs out a lot in the Share Inspire Create Lounge an exclusive photography community thats dedicate to helping photographers master their photography.

  • Betty Hodges

    Thanks for kicking off a tutorial series on Lightroom Johny – good information here! I’ve been using Lightroom for a few months now and I really like it. Going forward, I really need to make a decision about where to store my photos – whether to go to an external drive for all my photos and use smart previews for editing on my laptop when I’m travelling or whether to leave my most recent (the photos I’m still working on) on my laptop and move all other photos to an external drive. I’ve seen a number of suggestions on this topic, but I haven’t found one that I think quite suits me. It’s got to be streamlined. If not, I’m afraid I’ll get lazy and abandon it before too long. I’d be interested to hear how you’ve chosen to deal with this and what your experience and recommendations might be. Currently I have a MacBook /w 500 GB flash storage and an external 2TB USB3 drive plus an additional external 4TB drive for backup purposes. I’m just a hobbyist, so I’m not dealing with the volume of a professional studio photographer. Perhaps you have a future episode planned where you address this subject?

    • Johny Spencer

      Hi Betty, Thats a great question heres what I do. I have two drives a master and a backup. The master is the drive that LR looks at and is were I import too. The backup is an exact copy of the master and is synced by a piece of software called FolderWatch. I have found this to work great for me your other option is to get LR to make a second copy to your backup drive on import. The only other thing I would recommend is a third copy offsite in Australia the bandwidth is really slow and expensive but if you have a good connection I would also recommend using an online service for backup like Backblaze. I unfortunately just use a third drive that I keep at work for my offsite backup that I bring home every two weeks and manually copy.
      Hope this helps