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Automatically Import Photos into Lightroom using Watched Folders

Posted by Roger Hyttinen on

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series A handy way to import your photos into Lightroom is by using the Auto Import feature. How it works, is that you specify a watched folder; that is to say, a folder whose contents are watched by Lightroom. Whenever you add any new images to the folder, Lightroom will automatically import the images and store them in the destination folder that you specify. As an example, whenever I plug my phone into my computer, any new images I have taken are automatically copied over to a Dropbox folder called Dropbox Photos....

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Sorting Through Images Using Lightroom's Survey View

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.   Survey View allows you to view multiple photos at the same time in a grid. This view comes in especially handy when going through a photo shoot of similar images and you need to narrow it down to the keepers. To display several images in Survey View, select the images in the Filmstrip and then press the N key on your keyboard. To select consecutive photos, click on the first photo, hold down the Shift key and then select the last photo in the series. To select non-adjacent photos, select...

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Experiment in Lightroom using Virtual Copies

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. By creating Virtual Copies of your images, you can experiment on the same image using a variety of different settings. Virtual Copies act and look just like the originals, and you can apply settings to each one independently. But the beautiful thing about Virtual Copies is that they are not real files — they are only a set of instructions, which means they take up no extra space on your hard disk. Thus, you can create as many copies as you like without having to worry about running out of disk...

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Hands On with Lightroom's Profile Feature

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Hands On with Lightroom's Profile Feature

This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series. If you are shooting in RAW format (as compared to JPEG), your files may appear dull and lackluster. The reason for this is that you are in essence telling your camera not to make any color or exposure adjustments in camera – the images are not processed in the camera at all. When shooting in JPEG format, the camera tries to correct the image to make it look the best as possible. One advantage of shooting in RAW format is that you have much more flexibility when it comes to post-processing...

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Working with Lightroom's Quick Collection

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This post is part of our Learning Lightroom series.In addition to standard Collections and Smart Collections, there is one final collection that you can create and that is a Quick Collection. What this is, is a temporary collection that allows you to add images in one keystroke. Quick collections are a way to quickly group together several photos temporarily. Perhaps you want to give someone a quick slideshow or show a client some examples of your portfolio. This also comes in handy when you want to group images from several different collections. To add an image to a Quick Collection, press...

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