Another Way to Import Images Into Lightroom

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Another Way to Import Images Into Lightroom

Directly From Your Card

A second way to import images into Lightroom® is directly from your card. This provides you with many opportunities. You can:

  •  copy and/or move your images onto your computer hard drive
  •  make secondary and back-up copies in locations you choose
  •  apply develop settings
  •  rename files in sets or by series
  •  embed data onto your image, like copyright, creator, date, link to website, and keywords

These options are called File Handling and are found in the right panel, after you have selected importing directly from your card.

In the left panel, select your card device.

Before you click the Import button, look at the right panel and see the File Handling options. Overwhelmed? Don’t worry. We will break these very important options down so you can use them with skill and ease.

Importing your images directly from your card is a good habit to get into. It is much like taking care of business first. It will also save you time in the long run, especially when you process many images over time. Whether part of any type of business, or if simply posted to the internet, I highly recommend embedding your information on all your images.

Next post: File Handling When Importing 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


Introduction to the Bottom Tool Bar in Lightroom

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Introduction to the Bottom Tool Bar in Lightroom

The Bottom Tool Bar

At the bottom of the center panel, you will find the bottom tool bar. The tools here are grid view, loupe view, check all, uncheck all, Include in Import, Zoom, and Thumbnail (size). Here is what your Lightroom workspace might look like. The grid view tool is pointed out below.

Grid View and Loupe View

The tool panel along the bottom gives you two ways to view the images: grid view (all images in small slide form) or loupe view (one image at a time.)

Selecting Images In Grid View

While in grid view, you can choose to check or uncheck all.

Selecting Images In Loupe View

If you are in loupe view, you can choose to check or uncheck that image only. See Include in Import below.

Zooming and Adjusting Thumbnail Size

On the right-hand side of the bottom toolbar is a handy Zoom Fit slider bar.
If you are in loupe view, this is what you will see:

If you are in grid view, you can adjust the image Thumbnail size by sliding the bar.

Get to know the bottom tool bar and use it often!

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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


Vintage Light Leaks

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Creating Vintage Light Leaks With Photoshop

Use these images for the tutorial


Importing Images Into Lightroom

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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

Your Lightroom Workspace

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Your Lightroom Workspace

The best way to start with Lightroom is to go exploring.  Play around. The more familiar you get, the faster and easier your workflow.

Like other Adobe programs, Lightroom uses many tools grouped into ‘panels’. They are right, center, and left. There are modules at the top right and a gallery at the bottom. Your tools, panels and gallery can be customized to ways that work best for you.

Tools and Panel Layout

The tools in the panels change when you select different modules. You can arrange, condense, and expand tools to meet your needs and preferences.


The Library, Develop, Map, Book, Slideshow, Print and Web are different working spaces.  Library is for importing and organizing. The Develop module provides comprehensive image editing tools. Map provides geo-tagging and GPS coordinate attachment to images. The Book module helps you create and publish sophisticated photo books. Slideshow is great for presentations of your images. Print and Web Modules help you format and generate your images for screen, print, or web.

What’s Next?

The best way to learn is to do. So instead of giving more in depth information about each and every theoretical Lightroom capability, let’s walk through it with an image. That way you can see what a given tool actually does. The next post will introduce how to import your image.

Next post: Importing Images Into 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

Holiday Picture Style Using Photoshop

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Holiday Picture Style Using Photoshop

Here are the pictures you'll need for the tutorial:

Good luck and Happy Holidays!

Introduction to Lightroom

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Introduction to Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is a great workflow tool for photographers with large amounts of images they need to process.

There are many reasons that answer the ‘Why Lightroom?’ question. Here are a few of the important ones: Lightroom is excellent for it’s ability to help you navigate and make changes to images quickly. Lightroom provides organization for your images unlike any other tool. Lightroom allows you to make edits and changes to one image or to a huge group of images simultaneously. Lightroom keeps track of your adjustment formula, without changing anything on the original image. And this is just the beginning of capabilities.

Getting Started

was made available in June 2013. To find the most current version of the software visit

Trial Period

Lightroom is available for a 30-day free trial period. I highly recommend starting this way. Make this your time to get familiar and comfortable. You can download this trial version here:

Individual Purchase

Another option is individual purchase. You have several versions available to meet your needs, ranging from about $50 on up. Do a search via internet, or Adobe sells Lightroom here:

Creative Cloud

Option three has near-unlimited creative potential. You can purchase a monthly membership to Adobe Creative CloudTM, which gives you opportunity to download and use any and every current Adobe program out there, including Lightroom. If you are a serious creative, this could be just right for you. Find Adobe Creative CloudTM here:

Adobe®, Lightroom®, and Adobe Creative CloudTM are registered Trademarks of Adobe®


Next post: Introduction to Your Lightroom Workspace


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

Selling Your Gear to KEH

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Since 1979, KEH Camera has been your trusted source for selling used camera equipment.  We've made the process so simple, it's as easy as 1-2-3!

1. Quote It:  Visit our Online Quote Wizard 24/7 or give us a call at (800) 342-5534 or (770) 333-4220 in the metro Atlanta area for a FREE quote.  Our friendly and knowledgeable purchasing agents are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern time to assist you.      

2. Ship It:  Securely pack your camera gear and ship it us for FREE.  You'll never have to pay out of pocket for shipping to sell your gear to KEH.  We provide a convenient prepaid FedEx shipping label that you can print and use to ship your package free of charge.      

3. Get Paid: We offer a FAST turnaround time once we receive your gear.  You won't have to wait weeks for an evaluation or to receive payment for your gear.  Evaluations are typically completed in less than a week, and once you approve our final offer your check is mailed the following business day.  We even offer payments via PayPal if that's more convenient (although please keep in mind PayPal charges a fee).  Should you decide not to accept our offer to purchase your camera gear, we will return your equipment free of charge.

A Few Tips to Keep in Mind:

Prices on camera gear can fluctuate depending on supply and demand.  If you are thinking about buying a new camera, it may be beneficial to sell your camera before the latest model is released, as buy prices generally drop once a newer model is available on the market.

We are not always able to make an offer to purchase certain older or broken items.  However, we will be happy to help you recycle your used photographic gear in an environmentally friendly manner if you would like to donate them to KEH.  We are able to recycle and repurpose countless photographic items.

We feel that it is important to set realistic expectations when it comes to purchasing your used photographic equipment.  In some instances we can't pay much for older film bodies, but the lenses are where the bulk of the value is at.  If you are unsure about an item, just ask!  Sometimes your used camera equipment may be worth more than you think.

Whether you have one camera to sell or an entire collection, we can help!  We specialize in all formats of digital and film photographic equipment.  However, we typically do not purchase point-and-shoot film cameras, video, darkroom or lighting equipment.

We believe that our equipment grading system is the best in the industry and we have a tendency to be very conservative.  When submitting a quote, we recommend selecting a conservative grade.  If a camera is twenty years old, chances are it will not be in LN condition.  It's important to select an appropriate grade so we can provide the most accurate quote for your equipment.  If your equipment comes in at a higher grade, we will pay the higher price.             

We have earned the trust of customers worldwide by paying top market value for clean, used camera gear and we strive to exceed your high expectations!

Saving Your Photos for the Web

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Saving Your Photos for the Web

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Cyber Monday Specials Are On Now!

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