Import photos from your camera

After you've completed a shoot or filled up a memory card, you should get the files copied to your computer and backed up as soon as possible. Lightroom facilitates this and much more: you can use Lightroom to handle the transfer of files from your camera to your hard disk and automatically import them into the Lightroom catalog.

The one required step in this workflow is for Lightroom to physically copy the files from the memory card to the hard disk. You can also optionally have Lightroom:

1. Rename the files;

2. Convert native camera raw files to dng (co vered in the next section);

3. Apply a Develop preset; and

4. Add metadata such as copyright, contact info, keywords, etc.

If you do all the above steps, your photos can come straight into the Lightroom catalog loaded with metadata and looking good. This will allow you to move more quickly through editing the shoot (see Chapter 3) and get files into Develop for final processing (Chapter 4) with minimal effort.

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