My Lightroom 4 Work Flow | ImportPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Apr 11, 2012 in Blog, Lightroom, Photography | 22 comments
I did it.
I upgraded to Lightroom 4.
I’ve been a Lightroom user since the beginning so I always have a mixed feeling of excitement and hesitance with a new version. So far, I’m excited about the changes in LR4.
Over the next few weeks I’ll walk you through my work flow using Lightroom 4. I’ll share how I use the modules from Import to Web. I’ll share the shortcuts I use most often and link you to several of my go to resources.
Will I cover everything about Lightroom? Nope.
Will I cover everything I use in Lightroom? That is my goal!
Along the way I’ll share what I learn in LR4 compared to LR3.
Follow along. Ask questions. Share with me how your workflow differs! I always love learning tricks and tidbits to improve my own process.
I’m a mac user but will show the windows shortcuts too. Mac shortcuts will be listed first, Windows separate.
So let’s get started. Are you ready?
CREATING A CATALOG
- Open Lightroom.
- When you open Lightroom the first time it will prompt you to update your catalogs or create a new catalog if this is your first time using Lightroom.
- I have an existing catalog for my 2012 photos named 2012Katrina. I select upgrade. I create a new catalog each year. There are many different ways to go about cataloging. This works for me.
- LR upgrades my catalog, creating a new catalog named 2012Katrina-2.
- Once the catalog is updated or created we can begin the real fun!
- I attach my card reader to my computer. This is the fastest, easiest way for me to do my imports. I love that it doesn’t drain my camera battery.
- If Lightroom is open the Import Menu will automatically open. Nice, slick, easy.
- If you need to open the import menu, select File/Import (Cmd Shift I / Cntrl Shift I)
Click on the image to see a larger view of my selections. I’ll walk you through the important ones.
Now we’ll move to the particulars I’ve selected.
I find working left to right, top to bottom gives me the easiest work flow. That’s the path I’ll share.
In the middle of the window I select what I want LR to do with my photos. Select Copy. This is what I do, you might want to select Copy as DNG. This creates a nonproprietary version of your RAW files that can be read in any program, unlike the camera specific RAW file types. I don’t. I’ll share my flawed reasoning another post.
At the right hand top I select my photo destination. Files aren’t kept “in” Lightroom. They are kept wherever I select. Mine go to my external hard drive named 3TB External Drive (Yes, I know, original!) If you want to change the destination, click on the right hand destination and your other options will show up.
Check Don’t Import Suspected Duplicates.
This is also the spot you can create a back up copy on import. I don’t. Again, I’ll explain my reasons in that other post.
I don’t check Rename Files, but this is a personal preference as well. You might want to rename them. I find the image name is the easiest way to search, be consistent, and keep things clean. If you are taking part in 365, you may want to consider renaming with the date. I name my selected 365 by date in another step that I’ll cover in another post.
Apply During Import
Time to begin my keywords. For this import all of my photos will be key worded “garden.” This step applies my keyword to every photo on this import. I’ll do more selective key wording after import.
I consider Destination a double check.
Date Format I select Organize By Date. I select the 2012/2012-04-10 format. This creates a folder for each day of the year inside a folder for the year. I like that I can quickly find any day of my project 365 year.
I scroll down to double check that I see a check next to the year folder and further down to find a check next to the day folder. A new folder is created for each day of photos on my card.
I then select Import.
After selecting Import the Library module opens and I see a progress bar in the left hand corner of the window. I typically walk away as photos are imported. It’s a big treat to return to my computer and see everything in the Library.
Now I’m ready to keyword my photos in the Library Module and edit them in the Develop Module. We’ll cover the Library in next week’s post.
Share your process or questions about mine in the comments below.
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