Importing photos to LightRoom

Importing photos to LightRoom

I recently shared a comparison of Pixlr, the free, browser-based photo editor I used to use, Vs. Adobe Suite.

I switched to adobe predominantly for the time I save with Lightroom’s organisation & simple bulk editing options. Since starting Fig & Fennel and shooting photos for clients, as well as for my blog, the efficiency of Lightroom is just a necessity for me now.

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You can (affiliate) get the photography edition of Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Lightroom & Photoshop) for about a tenner a month here.

Since I’ve been singing the praises of Lightroom for food photography, I thought I’d start a blog series on that walks you step-by-step through my Lightroom process.

Let’s start at the beginning, with step one.

Importing photos to Lightroom

Shoot in RAW

First, its important that you shoot your photos in RAW format, in order to get the most out of Lightroom. RAW format gives you a larger filesize, but the file carries more information about the photo than a JPEG or PNG. This gives you more flexibility and control in editing.

Import your files

There are basically four ways to import your photos into Lightroom:

  1. Press the ‘+’ icon in the top right corner to add photos from your files, or directly from a camera or memory card if it’s connected to your PC
  2. When you create a new album, you’re prompted to ‘Add photos’
  3. Go to file > Add Photos
  4. Press ctrl+shift+i to import
Press the '+' icon in the top right corner to add photos from your files, or directly from a camera or memory card if it's connected to the PC
Press the ‘+’ icon in the top right corner to add photos from your files, or directly from a camera or memory card if it’s connected to the PC
When you create a new album (more on this in the next step), you're prompted to 'Add photos'
When you create a new album (more on this in the next step), you’re prompted to ‘Add photos’
Go to file > Add Photos OR press ctrl+shift+i to import
Go to file > Add Photos OR press ctrl+shift+i to import

That’s everything in terms of importing your photos. Make sure to shoot in RAW, then easily import your images to Lightroom ready for the next stage: sorting & organising your photos.

If you don’t have Adobe Lightroom yet, you can (affiliate) get the photography edition of Adobe Creative Cloud (which includes Lightroom & Photoshop) for about a tenner a month here.

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