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Adobe Lightroom Tutorial – Episode 2

Hi Welcome to the second episode of “Tutorials on using Lightroom” by Incredible Nature Photography. My name is Avanindra and this series is a step by step guide in using Adobe Lightroom. The first episode we talked about requirements for a good photograph and saw the huge difference post-processing makes in improving an image. We also understood how Lightroom manages your images in the catalogue. The way catalogues are used in a book library in searching for books. We will be talking about catalogues in the future episodes. If you haven’t seen the first episode yet click on the link above or in the description below. The first time you open Lightroom this is what you see. It opens a default catalogue and asks you to click the import button to begin. Once you click the import button it opens a window. This window is divided into parts… the left-hand side is a source window which contains options to access the computer’s hard disk and the removable disk. the middle window displays the thumbnails of the photographs to be imported. The right hand window displays options about things to do during and after import. The top bar has options on where to import from whether the images has to be added or copied to your storage or converted to a DNG and then added to the catalogue.

DNG stands for digital negative Digital Negative is a patented open loss-less raw image format by Adobe for digital photography, The copy command copies the photos to a new location and adds them to the catalogue. The Move command moves the images from my memory card into an internal storage and adds to the catalogue. If you image this already on your internal or external storage the add command simply as the images to the catalogue. When you come to the right hand side with the import window, to the file handling panel there are options trying to build smart previews and don’t import suspected duplicates. Suspected duplicates is by default clicked on. If the software suspects that the image is already are the catalogue then do not import the file. We always have an option to make a second copy to a different location while recording from my camera. You can also add the import pictures to a collection Going on to the file renaming panel. You can rename the files using any built-in templates or you can create our renaming presets.

The third panel apply during import allows you to add any develop module settings during import. You can also add keywords and copyright information All this while importing. The destination panel allows you to choose where you save your pictures. Now I will demonstrate how to import images into Lightroom. Connecting a memory card automatically opens the input command with the copy option active since Lightroom knows that a memory card needs to be formatted after downloading. The thumbnails of all the new images on the memory card are displayed in the center window. You may now choose images to be copied onto your computer. Select all the other options required, such as the destination folder renaming, keywords etc… After you are selected all the options, click on the import button on the bottom right corner of the window. And get ready to transform your pictures.

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