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From Camera Card or USB Connected Camera
Insert Camera Card into Reader or plugin USB Cable and connect to camera.
Run Lightroom and choose “Import” from bottom left.
You should see three areas, Left is the “Source” and will show any drives connected to your computer, select your camera card by clicking on it. It should be highlighted in White/Light Grey.
At the top of the Centre section you should see,
“Copy as DNG Copy Move Add”
Choose “Copy” and it will highlight as white text.
On the right hand side you should see another list of drives on your computer with the heading “Destination”
Select the drive and folder that you wish to use to store your images. I use and external drive but if you have large hard drives in your computer choose one of those.
I choose to store my images by date and would suggest that you go with the defaults in Lightroom, at least until you develop your own system.
You can change the organization on the right hand pane just under the heading of “Destination“, choices are “By Date“, “Into one Folder” and there is a checkbox “into subfolder“, you can add a folder name here eg: “Blackie’s Spit”. (Remember to change this folder on your next import, Lightroom will keep the folder name until you change it)
“By Date” gives a “Date Format” list that allows you to change the folder layout. Try a sample import when you first start using Lightroom and see what the folder structure looks like.
Once you have checked all three areas, Source, Operation, Destination then you can click the import button on the bottom right and Lightroom will copy your images to the folder and drive you specified.
There are other features of the right hand pane that you can set, you can change the names of the files as they are being imported and add copywrite information etc. Use these extra features with caution as they make changes to the files. These changes can be applied after import and I prefer to import the images as is and then do other changes later.
If you already have your images organized in some kind of folder structure.
“Photo Collection” is your folder name for where you store your images, it might be “MyPictures”, “Pictures”, “Photos” or any other folder name but it is where all your exiting images are stored.
Run Lightroom and choose “Import” from bottom left.
You should see three areas, Left is the Source and will show any drives connected to your computer, select your folder that contains your “Photo Collection” if you are starting a new Lightroom catalog. It should be highlighted in White/Light Grey.
At the top of the Centre section you should see,
“Copy as DNG Copy Move Add”
Choose “Add” and it will highlight as white text. Choose “Subfolders” if needed. It will show if all your photos are inside other folders within your “Photo Collection” folder.
On the right hand side you should see “File Handling” and “Apply During Import”
I choose “Don’t Import Suspected Duplicates“, if you may have files in your photo collection with the same names but different images then turn this off.
If you are not sure, turn it off.
Lightroom will read your “Photos Collection” folder and add all the images it finds to the catalog. (It does not move the images from where you put them, it just creates a catalog and small thumbnail so it can find the images when needed)
Note: Once you start using Lightroom to import and manage your files, DO NOT move them by hand. You can create new folders in Lightroom and copy or move images between them and Lightroom will create the real folders on your hard drive and perform the copy or move for you. If you create folders outside of Lightroom and move your images into them or between folders that are part of the Lightroom catalog, Lightroom does not know where the photos went and will flag them with an “!” in the corner of the image on the catalog. If you attempt to edit the image, it will tell you that it can’t be found.
If you accidentally create, delete a folder or move images between folders outside of Lightroom it can be fixed.
In Lightroom “Library” view, look on the left pane and you should see a section titled “Folders“. Select the folder containing the files/folders you moved, usually the main “Photos Collection” (insert your folder name).
Right click the folder and choose “Synchronize Folder”
Lightroom will scan through the folder and all subfolders and find the images you moved. It will suggest that it can delete missing images and import new ones. Just let it do it’s thing and you will have your images all in the right place with the “!” removed.
It does not move or remove the actual images, it just fixes the catalog to reflect the changes you made.
Of course if you did delete the images from the hard drive they will be removed from Lightroom.
Your Lightroom catalog can be thought of as a card catalog in a Library with the thumbnails as the cards. Each one points to the real image (book) and tracks what you have done to the image. It makes a list of all the changes you made to the image but it does not change the original, if you export the image Lightroom will apply all your changes to the exported image.
This structure is why you do not want to move the images outside of Lightroom. If Lightroom can’t find the image it does not know how to process it for export.
The changes you do in Lightroom are stored within the catalog itself. Other external editors may change the original images so you should choose a Copy or a Copy with Lightroom edits when sending a file to external editors.
I hope this helps anyone that is struggling to understand Lightroom. There are many videos on YouTube on organizing your photos with Lightroom, it seems to be the most confusing part of the system.
MESSAGE FROM YOUR PRESIDENT:
LYNNE KELMAN /CRESCENT BEACH PHOTOGRAPHY CLUB: 2018/19
Here is the run down for the first couple of months for our Crescent Beach Photo Club—–some events could change—not all is written in stone—-your executive is meeting this week to go over the upcoming year—-but I wanted to keep you abreast of what is happening—IT’S YOUR CLUB——any suggestions for speakers/activities/workshops—please contact me—-Lynne Kelman/President
At the end of August / early September look for our first “Photo Outing of the club year—-out toward Abbotsford—more to be announced—–
September 5th—-our first night back—invite guests/friends—there will be an article in the newspaper inviting possible new members /guests for this one—–
Crescent Beach Photography Club welcomes members and guests alike to our first meeting of the fall season—The date is Wednesday September 5th—-doors open at 7pm, evening starts at 7:15pm—-Our presenter for this first night will be Ian MacDonald—Vancouver based photographer, writer, educator & speaker and Fujifilm Brand Ambassador. Ian will share with us his knowledge and images of “Street Photography”—– A street photographer understands that street photography is about people, not camera settings. It is about moments, not perfect exposures. A well crafted street photograph tells a story. Come learn from Ian as he takes us through the steps to telling your own street stories.
September 19th—–We will be showing and discussing our Summer Theme and catching up with what’s happening——Scott and Karen will be away for this and so our Derek Hayes will be in charge of the evening—–see note from Scott on submitting on the website:
We will also “catch up” this evening on what is going to be happening over the club year—–
At a date TBA in October we will be judging our CAPA FINE ART images from you, our own club members “off sight”—-submission info: and why off site to be discussed at the Sept 19th meeting—–
October 3rd—-TBA—either a speaker or a Members Night—-
October 17th—–Bring your submissions for the Surrey Art Gallery Print Exhibition by Crescent Beach Photographers—–more about the how’s at the Sept.19th meeting–—
October 31st—–We will be showing our September theme “Machinery”—-and will have an outside guest to discuss and evaluate the images—–
More information on the year to follow——-Lynne Kelman
Mandate: 2018/ 2019:
To promote and advance photography as both a technical and a creative art form and to mentor those new to photography.
To provide instruction, demonstrations and lectures that will teach and provide encouragement and inspiration, in all forms/workshops/lectures/hands on.
To enjoy photography in a social environment as a meeting place for like minded people:
My goal for the next two years is for us to grow our knowledge of photography, by listening to speakers who will teach us from the basics to beyond, who will provide stimulation and inspiration and who will help us better our photography and teach us to “see”. I hope to provide interesting lecturers as well as demonstrations and hands on learning. We will ask outside judges not only to score, but also to critique/review in depth the photographs that we submit for our theme nights and for competitions, so that we can learn from their expertise and knowledge and can go that step forward in knowing where advancements can be made.
We will welcome new members and strive to share our combined knowledge with them. We will identify our individual strengths and invite those new to photography to ask questions of us.
Our Executive is made up of a team of passionate photographers who are excited to put forth new ideas to help stimulate us. Our theme leader Scott has been working on new ideas for our monthly themes and we will continue with our outings adventures with a lean toward preparing us for upcoming competitions.
One of our changes this year will be to start meetings at 7:15pm rather than 7:30pm—-the doors will be open at 7pm or just before, for you to socialise with friends, but this extra 15 minutes gives us that little extra time to spend on learning about photography.
For this month’s photography tutorials webpage, we have focused on providing tutorials on the Photoshop Elements application which many club members are using.
These tutorials are only an introducing. You can easily search on internet for Photoshop Element to discover both step-by-step tutorials and videos. I have included some of the material below for your reading pleasure.
Photoshop Elements 11/12/13/14
What Is The Difference Between Adobe PSE 13 vs Versions 12 & 11? – It’s that time of year. Early each fall, Adobe launches a new version of Photoshop Elements, and this year is no exception… Last week the company introduced Photoshop Elements 13 (with brand new free trials to download), and one of the common upgrade questions we see is what’s new, what’s different, and what’s improved in version 13 compared to the previous Elements 12? Or more essentially, what are the key new features in PSE 13, versus PSE 12 or 11?
The bottom line is you probably want to know what’s changed since the last release (or two) – but how about a version-by-version, feature-by-feature table? You’ll find this down below (or take a shortcut here), but first let’s take a quick look at some of the major additions. – READ MORE
Photomerge (HDR) With Photoshop Elements – Taking multiple images at different exposures gives us the oportunity to merge them together to make a single image where we can see in the shadows as well as the highlights. You may think this is just for third party software of Photoshop, but its available in Photoshop Elements too!
In this tutorial I’ve used three exposures at +1, 0 and -1 stop. – READ MORE
How To Use RAW Photos With Adobe Photoshop Elements – Once you go with RAW files, it seems like you never go back. I’ve said before that RAW photography isn’t for everyone. Even so, I feel that there comes a time in every photographer’s life when making the switch to RAW just makes sense. For me, it came just after my purchase of a high powered computer with a nice 500GB hard drive. Now that I can store all those digital negatives, I want nothing more than to take all of my pictures in RAW. Here’s how you can get on the RAW bandwagon with Adobe Photoshop Elements. – READ MORE
Adding Contrast And Drama To Cloudy Skies In Photoshop Elements -Sometimes we don’t get to shoot in perfect weather. Especially when you’re traveling—you don’t get to pick the day, time, or weather forecast. It has happened to me a hundred times. I get somewhere cool and I’ve got gray skies. Well, there’s a sweet little adjustment in Elements that can take those gray skies and make them look pretty darn cool and dramatic. And more often than not, when you apply this and show it to people, they’ll comment on how good the sky looks. – READ MORE
Some info that might be of interest to members, courtesy Sheldon:
How to Get the Most Out of a Travel Photography Location – check out this webpage
Recover Images from a Damaged SD card – check out this webpage
Sweeten Your Photos by Shooting During the Blue Hour – check out this webpage
These Many Photography Links Will Overwhelm You – check out this webpage
Improve Your Backgrounds – Improve Your Photography – check out this webpage
10 Reasons Why You NEED to Learn Composition – check out this webpage
Finally, if you want to see an interesting night photograph technique, check out Robert Kawika Sheer’s website (www.spiritshadows.net). Sheldon met Robert last year in Palm Springs and he explained his technique which is duplicated in the two videos on his website. It may be a technique some of our club members may wish to try out.
And this one from Heather H.:
Previous sites of Interest
Smithsonian Photo Contest 2014 finalists – in pictures – check out this webpage here
2014 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest – check out this webpage here
Incredible images showcase the very best in world photography – check out this webpage here
35 Cityscape Images To Take Your Breath Away – check out this webpage here
Quick Tip: 3 Ways to Master Your Use of Foregrounds – check out this webpage here
Tips on Using Circular Polarizing Filters – check out this webpage here
Off Camera Flash for Your Travel Photography – check out this webpage here