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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 94 of 116

Importing and Selecting Images


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 94 of 116

Importing and Selecting Images


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Importing and Selecting Images

So we want Thio import our images and once we've imported are images and we have ourselves a collection or sorry album I'm usedto to the light room Classic mentality s Oh, this is a collection enlightened classic But here it's an album So I'm gonna click on an album This is the album we just imported We're gonna take that album and organize it into folders so that we're a little bit mawr uh, organized and able to find things faster. So I'm gonna grab that. Move it into here. Drop it. There it is. So now we have our set of images. They've been imported. Notice that because I actually stole them from light Room Classic because I wanted to have full original resolution files as though I was bringing in a new card. Um, it it exported the X and P data that came with it so that star ratings and stuff like that that I put in in light room classic actually show up here because of that X and P data. So anyway, you would have normally when you imported them, you would have actually seen these as...

, uh, no stars, so there wouldn't be any stars on them, They would look more like this. Um, when you first imported them, if they directly came from a card. So now I'm going to take a look at these files and try and, um, do a little bit of selection process and find the files that I actually want to use in light room Classic. If you have a whole bunch of images selected like this Ah, Ndure click on the frame it dese elects all the other images, but that doesn't work here inside of light room desktop. And so if everything selected and it just becomes really difficult to try an unsolicited all of the images and the Onley way to do it is to hit command D for D Select. That's the That's the only way to do. I guess you could come up to a menu somewhere and do it, too, but that's the only way to do it. So just be aware of that. If you command a select Saul command de un, select everything because otherwise you'll hunt forever trying to de select something, and it just won't happen. So de select is, uh, command D. So just just be aware of that. Okay, So I'm gonna go in, and I'm gonna select images so that we can use them later. So remember these air, all panels, uh, panoramic images. And they are hdr images because we'll and we'll use them a little bit later. In our discussion here, Um, eso I'm gonna scroll through and take a look at thes and I'm just gonna hit the space bar, which is gonna take is gonna open up our images. I'm just gonna look at him and see which ones I'm really interested in. And I really am interested in this one, especially because I get to show you the process of HDR. This is a pretty good HDR toe work on. So I'm gonna highlight all of these images and give them a two star and then I'm going to scroll through. Uh, this is fine. Um, but I think I have some other ones that are even more interesting. Oh, this one's an interesting one. Here is an HDR because it's actually it has a bird in it. So where is that bird? There's a bird that's moving across this HDR. There he is right there. There's the bird And so it'll be interesting to see what happens to an HDR when there's a bird moving around through the frame. He's just kind of sailing through the frame. So I'm gonna I'm gonna choose that one is a possible candidate. Azaz. Well, uh and then I'm going Thio. It also is interesting to see what happens when you're looking at an HDR that has motion here inside the waters, the other waters moving around in the HDR. So that's an interesting one tube. We'll give that a one star. Maybe we'll work on that one on day. Then I have some panoramic images, and so I want to do some panoramic images. But I'm gonna do a a nun conventional panoramic image, which is inside looking at the ceiling. There you go. Yeah, see that? I'm looking at the ceiling of ST Peter's Cathedral and I'm going to do a panorama going up like this and we'll see how that works out. So I'm gonna take that panorama, and I'm gonna give that a three star. So now we have our images selected, and we know those are the images that we want toe work on, and we'll work on him a little bit later and then further on down as we discussed light room desktop, we're going to show you then how to wrap up, because this is all about uh, not only about how to use light room desktop, but we're also really interested in teaching the proper workflow. So remember, at this point we have taken and either a card and directly put it into light room desktop or we've grabbed a bunch of images and we've put him on a desktop somewhere. We've put him on a hard drive somewhere, and and we've pointed to that folder with light room desktop in the import dialog box. And when we did that, remember it took those images either from the card or from the desktop or the drive somewhere, and it took them and it copied them deep inside of the reaches of light room desktops catalog it copied in in there, and it's gonna wait until I'm connected back to my drive home, and then it's gonna push them off into that drive at the same time. It sent them all to the cloud, so I'm duplicated. I have them on my hard drive right now, and I have them in the cloud later on when I attach an external hard drive to it because I've told it, that's where I prefer to put stuff. It will offload the stuff off my computer onto that drive so that it's not filling up my computer. It'll be in the cloud. It'll be on that drive. And so that's where we are now, and we've brought them in into an album. Every time you import, you make sure that you make a new album, Name it something that's either based on the date or the name of the client or the name of the place that you were going or put them in a full analgesia that already exists If you If you have AH album called Vacation Photos every time you come home from a vacation and you wanna put it in there, just put it into that vacation album. Whatever it is you, however, you want to organize them. But make sure that you're putting your images into albums when you import them so that you can find them really easily. Then we're gonna come in here on do our selections, which we just did we went through and looked at him. You don't have some of the same controls that you do inside of light room Classic. So, for instance, there's not a survey mode here. Uh, this is kind of akin to your survey mode, you see is big and images you possibly can hear, and you can increase the size of these images. So you're seeing the images decent size here. Um, you could look at him in the grid here or one by one here, but I prefer toe look at images side by side when I'm selecting him, because then I can see things in comparison to each other. Uh, that's a much better way to select images. So I would prefer to look through images and select them here in this, uh, masonry style rather than in the grid style. Just because I can see bigger images. Um, but that's just my preference. But there is no survey mode inside of light room desktop, which I really love inside of light room Classic. And remember that if you happen to have an IPad or an IPhone and you want to travel, you don't necessarily have to bring your laptop with you when you're traveling, just bring your IPhone or just bring your IPad and any image that you put into light room there is automatically gonna go up to the cloud. The full file. Even if it's a 13 megapixel raw file, it's gonna go the cloud, and then it's gonna come down, and it's gonna show up right here inside a light room desktop in a folder with the exact date that you shot it when you go up here into the by date section, so you would simply just come here and grab them by day, or if when you put them into your IPad, you actually imported them into an album. Then they'll be in the album, sitting right down here wherever you place them. So it's a beautiful workforce system. The light room ecosystem is in full display when you're working inside of light room desktop because it's 100% connected. They have built light room desktop to utilize the every aspect of the light room ecosystem. And so that's where we are. And that is how you organize an import into light room desktop

Class Description

All lessons are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Efficiently cull and retouch photographs
  • Manage your files to enable seamless and immediate recall
  • Get your computer and software to run faster
  • Create impressive photo books and slideshows
  • Take advantage of global adjustments
  • Improve your mobile workflow with both your iPhone and iPad
  • Deliver and share your images directly from Lightroom


Adobe® Lightroom® is the industry standard for post-production workflow and in Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide, you’ll learn Jared Platt’s gold standard for retouching and managing files quickly and efficiently.

Jared will show the ins and outs of Lightroom Classic, Lightroom Mobile, and Lightroom Desktop. He’ll demystify the difference between each and demonstrate when to use each one for maximum output.

Jared will share tips on improving every phase of your workflow – from shooting to archiving. You’ll learn how to take advantage of the latest Lightroom tools and features and become faster and more skilled at adjusting your images.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Lightroom
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Lightroom and learn new features to help edit photos
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Lightroom fixes


Adobe Lightroom Classic 9.2
Adobe Lightroom Desktop 3.2
Adobe Lightroom Mobile 5.2


Jared Platt is a professional wedding and lifestyle photographer from Phoenix, Arizona. Jared holds a Masters of Fine Arts in the Photographic Studies and a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Photography from Arizona State University and has been a professional photographer and college educator for the past 12 years and has been a speaking, debating and lecturing for the past 17 years. His attention to detail and craft make him a demanding photography instructor. Jared has lectured at major trade shows and photo conferences as well as at universities around the world on the subject of photography as well as workflow. Currently, Jared is traveling the United States and Canada teaching and lecturing on photography and post production workflow. Join him online for monthly "Office Hours" at


  1. Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic
  2. Hard Drives
  3. File Organization
  4. 30,000 Foot View of Workflow
  5. Importing into Lightroom
  6. Building Previews
  7. Collections and Publish Services
  8. Keywords
  9. Hardware for Lightroom
  10. Searching for Images
  11. Selecting Images
  12. Organizing Images
  13. Collecting Images for Use
  14. Develop Module Overview
  15. Profiles
  16. Basic Adjustments
  17. Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze
  18. Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance
  19. Tone Curve
  20. HSL
  21. Split Tone
  22. Lens Corrections
  23. Details
  24. Transform Tool
  25. Effects Panel
  26. Synchronizing for Faster Editing
  27. Spot Tool
  28. Skin Softening and Brush Work
  29. Range Masking
  30. Dodge and Burn
  31. Working with Specific Colors
  32. Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters
  33. Making Presets
  34. Preparing Image in Lightroom
  35. Content Aware Fill
  36. Skin Repair
  37. Skin Smoothing
  38. Expanding a Canvas
  39. Liquify
  40. Layers and Composite Images
  41. Sharing via Web
  42. Exporting Files
  43. Sharing with Slideshows
  44. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  45. Designing
  46. Making Prints
  47. Color Management and Profiles
  48. Archiving Photos and Catalogs
  49. Using Cloud Storage
  50. Adding Images to your Portfolio
  51. Collecting for Your Portfolio
  52. Publishing Unique Websites Per Project
  53. Sharing to Instagram
  54. HDR
  55. Panorama
  56. HDR Panorama
  57. Making Presets
  58. Creating Profiles
  59. Maps
  60. Setup for Tethered Shooting
  61. Sharing with the Client
  62. Watched Folder Process
  63. Second Monitor and iPad
  64. Backup at the Camera
  65. Gnar Box Disk Backup
  66. iPhone and iPad Review
  67. Importing to Lightroom on iPad
  68. Cloud Backup
  69. Adjust, Edit, and Organize
  70. Using Lightroom Between Devices
  71. Lightroom Desktop
  72. Removing Images from the Cloud
  73. Profiles
  74. Light
  75. Color
  76. Effects
  77. Details
  78. Optics
  79. Geometry
  80. Crop
  81. Adding and Using Presets and Profiles
  82. Local Adjustments
  83. Healing Tool
  84. Synchronizing Edits
  85. Editing in Photoshop
  86. Finding Images
  87. Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web
  88. Posting Images to Social Media
  89. Overview of Lightroom Desktop
  90. The Workflow Overview
  91. Organizing Images
  92. Albums and Shared Albums
  93. Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview
  94. Importing and Selecting Images
  95. HDR and Panoramics
  96. Light
  97. Profiles
  98. Tone Curves
  99. Color
  100. Effects
  101. Details
  102. Optics
  103. Geometry and Crop Tool
  104. Sync Settings
  105. Making and Adding Presets
  106. Healing Brush
  107. Brush Tool
  108. Gradient Tool
  109. Edit in Photoshop
  110. Finding Images with Sensei
  111. Sharing Albums on the Web
  112. Print through Photoshop
  113. Exporting Images to Files or Web Services
  114. Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices
  115. Archiving Images for Storage
  116. Review of the Workflow



Thorough but very easy to follow. I've noticed a significant improvement in my work since starting this course a couple weeks ago, and I'm also spending noticeably less time editing my photos. I appreciate that it's up-to-date as of October, 2020, so the info is current (I wish CL would take down some of the older courses, since software changes make some of them obsolete).

Kayode Olorunfemi

I have been using lightroom for upwards of 6years and I still found this course incredibly useful. It can be useful learning through desperate tutorials online, but having a course that ties everything together, coupled with foundation principles, is invaluable.