The #1 Skipped Step: How to use Lightroom Import


The #1 Skipped Step: How to use Lightroom Import

Lightroom Import

Adobe Lightroom Import, also called Ingest.  In this video I will show you how to take your images off your memory card and move them to a hard drive.  I will suggest you use an external hard drive, and if you can afford an SSD you will appreciate the speed.  Don’t forget to back up your data. My second suggestion is you can save your catalog to an external hard drive because it will eat of space on your internal hard drive.  Below are the steps to create a catalog on an external drive. 

  1. File/New Catalog
  2. Give the Catalog a Name, and pick the location you would like it to reside.  
  3. Just make sure next time you open Lightroom it is using the new catalog.  To check on the top of Lightroom it should say “the name you gave it.lcat”
  4. If the wrong catalog is open, just navigate to the location you save it, and open the folder with the same name.  Inside you should see “the name you gave it.lcat” and double left click to laugh that catalog. 

During the import process with Adobe Lightroom Classic you can specify the location, “use and external hard drive”, rename the files, add metadata, and place the images in a labeled folder.  These steps are important for the organization of your work flow.  Note: if you change the location of the files, Adobe Lightroom Classic will not be able to find the image to edit. The catalog only remembers the path and if you chance the path it will give you an “I” on the image You can point to the new path and Lightroom will see the rest of the images in that folder once again. I hope you enjoy with video on Adobe Lightroom Import. It is a vital step.

Adobe Lightroom Classic Series

Welcome to Adobe Lightroom Classic YouTube video tutorials. This is a series of YouTube videos designed to teach you how to use Adobe Lightroom Classic, and in this case Adobe Lightroom Classic Preferences. I will try and update the videos as the program changes over the years. If you are new to Adobe Lightroom Classic, follow the video order from 1-?. This is the same order I use to teach Adobe Lightroom Classic in a college class. However, if you are just interested in learning a specific technique, free free to jump around.

Adobe Lightroom Import Window.

Adobe Lightroom Import Window.

Use “into one folder” vs. by date when importing your images with Lightroom Import!


I will have two different types of videos in this series. Videos designed to teach you how to use the program, and videos designed to show you how to adjust an image. Some of how I look at or tone an image can be subjective. I try to be as straight forward as possible to let you know when some should be done a certain way, verses a subject adjustment.

Most people never take a look at Adobe Lightroom Classic Preferences, but there are some adjustments that need to be made to make the program more efficient. The two most important are external editing and performance. Performance settings will really depend on your computer specifications. All the Adobe programs require a large amount of RAM, a good processor and hard drive space.

    Items Covered in this Video

    • General
    • Presets
    • External Editing
    • File Handling
    • Interface
    • Performance
    • Lightroom Sync
    • Display and Network

    Lightroom Pros

    • All in One Program
    • Easy Editing with Sliders
    • Batch Processing
    • Batch Exporting
    • Organization
    • Non-destructive

    Lightroom Cons

    • Catlog (Hard to Understand)
    • Very Slow
    • Limited Photo Editing
    • Cloning and Health Tools (Photoshop is Better)
    • Book, Slideshow and Web are Useless

    I have a Facebook Group called, “Learn Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Bridge.” I created this group because I get a lot of questions on YouTube that are hard to answer unless I can see the issue. This will allow a place you can ask questions, and more importantly post images and videos.

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