Lightroom – Importing the Images

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Importing The Images

The Whys

The place we go that extra step to clarify.  Answering the Whys that help to pass along the understanding beyond the video of this wonderful piece of software, Adobe Lightroom.  Importing the images can be easy and you can give it a repeatable consistency to arrive at something that allows a dependency on knowing the date is available as you browse images.  Get this out of the way and do what you enjoy………making photos.

Why and How to set-up a template with date as the name. Name your photos with a 6-digit number that at a glance tells the date the image was created.  Also create the template to add things to the metadata like copyright and the 2-star rating system that I use to organize in the video.  If you’re new to Lightroom and importing the images note that the trips and things important to you that you may to to be available together…..can be together.  That is done in the Collections section of Lightroom.

In the Library Module, Go To Library
and Down to "Rename Photos"

The window will open to rename whatever photo is selected.  Click to change custom settings to “edit”.  The “Filename Template Editor” will appear.  This is the place to create your custom filename.  So to begin if there is anything in the large box delete it.  

In the section for “Sequences and Dates” Click on date to find many options at arranging the date.  Select the date with two Y’s.  Hit “Insert”.  Then select date again with 2 M’s.  Then select date again with 2 D’s.  

Look above this box to see how you’re shaping the name as the example. 180219.  Place a hyphen after the date and then the sequential number with 3 digits.  When all looks the way you want go back to the top to change “Custom” to “Save Current Settings to New Preset…” .  Click done.  Be sure not to change a selected image but only to use this dialog to create the preset for future use.

Portraiture Option:  You can use the option at the bottom of the editor “Custom Text” as part of your numbering template.  Then using this in the file naming section as you’re moving images from your camera an option will appear for entering your custom text as part of the name of each image being imported.  It could be different each time you add images.  Or, use the name of your subject or a coded indicator about your job.

In the Library Module, Go To Metadata
and Down to "Edit Metadata Presets"

The window will open to edit or create new metadata presets.  To create new presets just fill in the blanks showing information that you’d like to have in you photo file. For each line that you add an entry be sure to check the box at the right end of that line. 

To edit an existing preset click where it says custom at the top and select an existing preset. Make the necessary changes and be sure the check is at the right end of the line 

To add Copyright in Adobe Lightroom. Use the combination of Option and the letter G and see © appear. Copyright should appear in this form: ©Gary Culley, 2018. 

Consider filling in things about where you are located and how to make contact if someone sees your photo and wants to license its use. eMail, phone number and country. Also, select Copyrighted in the dropdown unless you have feelings against that entry. Then you may select public domain.  When all the entries are just the way you like go back to the top.  Change “custom” to “Save Current Settings as a New Preset”.  You’ll be prompted to give it a name.   If you are editing an existing preset choose accordingly.

Take a minute while your in this Edit environment to click back where the name is and you’ll see the options to delete and edit your presets.  Your initial selections may not produce as you planned.  You can mek the necessary changes or even delete and start again.  Questions?  Let me know.

Importing Images is getting easier with these presets we can have a numbering style and system of our own design.  We can also add the Copyright to remind viewers of the owner of a given image.

Here Are Some Whys.
You May Have More.
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Why So Many Previews?

Lighroom was created to reduce the need to open files.  It makes a much faster workflow.  Previews take the place of opening files.  There are previews in different sizes, to represent, but only the 1:1 previews can be set to automatically delete after 30 days.  Keeping our software as fast and efficient as possible.  

Access the settings under Lightroom menu in “Lightroom Catalog Settings”, then “File Handling”.  So, to clarify, you’re creating all these preview files, including the largest 1:1 preview to get thru editing and viewing your work.  Non-Destructively, of course.  The 1:1’s auto-delete at 30 days, or sooner if you prefer, so we’ve maintained a usable small size in our catalog.  Large, non-useful or wasted size of your catalog file can slow your work and workflow.  
You can see if the option for deleting the 1:1’s had been set to “Never” how massive your catalog file size would be impacted.  Set it to 30 days.  Did you know that your raw files never open in Lightroom?  What happens on Import to your file is a creation process.  Previews are created in numerous sizes for you to access your imagery.  So there is a thumbnail and a small size and others.  
These previews are what you view as you “work” your images.  The 1:1 preview is the largest and allows for critical focus checking.   Next Lightroom article will talk about creating previews beyond the 30 days after the previews have auto-deleted.  
Old School. My earliest days of Lightroom was working close with a business creating trade show graphics.  There were certain things that had to be done to files that may “be” a trade show booth, very large.  It would begin a process at the end of a day.  Say, unsharp masking.  All would be hopeful that the Photoshop work would be complete by the next morning.  Hours, sometimes days to complete processes.  Wow, Lightroom’s introduction was a turn around in the workflow by not opening the image, and working pixel by pixel, the work and all the edits done by use of previews.  

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