Importing Images Into Lightroom

12/19/2013 0 Comments A+ a-

Importing Images Into Lightroom

The Library

When importing images into Lightroom®, the Library is the place to start. After opening Lightroom, make sure the Library module is selected. The word will show white when selected, while the other module names will be gray.

Left Panel

Go to the left panel, and at the bottom you will see an Import button and an Export button. Click on Import.

Now that you have chosen to import, a new tool section on the left panel appears to help you find your images.

The fastest way to import images is by finding them in folders already on your computer hard drive. In the left panel, find and click on the folder you want.

The Center Panel

The center panel now shows the images in your folder. The preview images are easy to see.

Make sure a check mark is in the top left corner of the images you want to import.

Click the Import button at the bottom of the right panel.

Now that you have imported images, you could move on to the Develop module. However, we are going to go over some valuable tools first. These tools will make life easier for you while using Lightroom.

Next post: Introduction to the Bottom Tool Bar in Lightroom.

Jennifer Apffel is a photographer with over a decade of experience in portrait, event, and product photography. She also does freelance graphic design and fine art. For more check out,, or look for her on

"You can't be an artist. Artists don't make any money," ... a trusted adviser told me. So I studied something else. And I worked at other jobs. But, given a moment and I'd find a paintbrush and canvas, or I'd make food into art. I found a camera, and light and composition became my medium. I found a computer, and I became a Photoshop fanatic and graphic designer, and I taught myself to build websites. Anything to be able to create.

I am an artist, plain and simple, and I've come to understand that all these years later. Artists create beauty where there was none. Artists ask tough questions and challenge others. Artists communicate without words. Artists build and tear down. Artists bring joy, hope, understanding, empathy, growth, change and a myriad of things to others.

Involve and influence others. Impact and make a difference. Inspire, lift and make others' lives better. This is what I strive to do.

I share my creations and am glad to have made an imprint in this moment of your life.

That's what real artists do.