Best place to store your Photos


I will start with using Import with Lr. When I import, I’m actually going to copy my originals onto 2 separate EXHDDs, which takes care of 2 copies right off the bat. Below is an image to use as reference as I speak about the Import Module:

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Import Module (Lr 4.2)

1. Source   2. Action   3. Save Where   4. File Handling   5. File Renaming   6. Apply During Import   7. Destination   8. Quick Import   9. Button for Full/Quick Import

As you may or may not be aware of, there is a lot to do before you even click on the Import button in lower right corner. In an attempt to keep this as short as I can, some things I’ll only touch on in this article

1. Source is covered on the reference image (NOTE: It is advised to always use a decent SD Card Reader and not the camera to import your images!)

2. Action gives you 4 options: a. Copy as DNG b. Copy c. Move and d. Add. About 98% of the time, I use Copy. Whereas I’m copying my images from the sd memory card to hard drives

3. Save Where will show which hard drive you are going to save your images to. In the reference image it shows my internal hard drive, but as I stated earlier, I never save images to any internal hard drive

4. File Handling does a couple of things. First Previews which gives you 4 options with the drop down arrows. I chose to use 1:1 meaning the previews are not compressed and copy over time can be lengthy depending on how many images you have. I always check the Don’t Import Suspected Duplicates, as that will disable previous images copied off the card.

5. File Renaming is really an individual preference; some rename while many others do not. With renaming, the skies the limit. I used yyyyddmm-numbers that are added to with each image. For me, that renaming let’s me do numerous things when it comes to Smart Collections, which I’ll cover in more detail in another article

6. Apply During Import has a very, very important task to preform! Metadata! This is where you set up presets that have all your IPTC information in and they are attached to the file. Again will do an article in more detail on IPTC in the future. Develop Settings is used if you want to apply the same edit to all imported images. I don’t ever use this, but perhaps some day I will. Last there are keywords and you need to keep in mind that whatever keywords you put in here will be applied to all the images imported. During import, I just put in generic keywords that would apply to every image. Like Texas, Summer, etc. which I use to find the image later on. With Lr 4.2, if you upload an image with keywords to certain sites, more often than not they will be in alphabetical order, not strength order. Thus I don’t put a ton of keywords in any longer, though it’s up to you

7. Destination is where you want your images to reside. You pick the drive and folder. If the folder needs to be created, click on the + sign. Just make sure you are in the hard drive you want!

Before we move on, once you have all your settings completed up to this point it is very wise to set up a preset of the settings. This goes hand in hand with the next setting


By Charly

A freelance photographer that spent a month driving around Italy