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Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 62 of 116

Watched Folder Process


Adobe Lightroom 2020: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 62 of 116

Watched Folder Process


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Watched Folder Process

There's another way to tether for those who don't have a cannon or a Nikon camera. So Canon and Nikon work really well, tethering in tow, light room. But people say on a Sony camera right now, at this moment, can't tether in tow light room. It's just it doesn't the connection doesn't work because they haven't actually finished that, and I think they're working on it. I think it'll happen sometime, but I don't know, Um and so if you have some other kind of camera that's not tethering in tow light room directly, there is a way for you to do everything that we've just done here. But you just have to do it with a different mindset. Okay, so let me show you that, and it's called a watched folder. So a watched folder is simply this. I go to the file menu, let me turn off my tethering, so I'm gonna go to tethered capture and stop the tethered capture. And then I'm going to go into the file menu, and I'm going to go to the Auto Import settings, an auto import click on auto import settings. And...

then here's the setting dialogue Dialogue box and it looks, ah, lot like a tethered dialog box except four that it has two different folders you have to choose. So the first folder is going to be a watched folder, so I'm going to go to the same folder. So I'm going to my job folder and I'm going to this tethered shoot and I'm going to create a folder called a Watched Folder and I like to just name it Watched folder. Or you could drape Elaine, Name it like drop point or something like that. But watch full. There is a great name for it cause you know exactly what it is, and it's just going to be a folder that is being watched. So Light Room is watching that specific folder, and if something comes into that folder, it's gonna take it and move it into another folder, and you get to choose what folder that's gonna be. So move to and you're gonna choose the folder and I'm going to go to that same tethered shooting and go into the raw folder, and I'm going to create Let's create a new one. So let's say this is watch three. So I've got watched three there and I'm going Teoh hit. Choose. So now I have a folder called Watch Three inside of my tethered shooting, and I can have a sub folder name as well, but we've already made that. Oh, let's just say, uh uh, images. There we go. OK, And then I can add it to a collection. I can add it just the same way that I added it to a collection before again, I'm adding it to that tethered collection which already knows synchronized to the web. And I'm gonna come down and I can add my keywords and I can add my amount of data. Um, I can even add a develop setting of some sort. Um, and then and this is And then, of course, I can tell what kind of preview I want to add to it. I would just say in by embedded inside car. So it's just gonna immediately give me the images fast as possible. And then I'm going to enable auto imports. So I click, enable and hit. OK, now something important to recognize about that watched folder that watched folder has to be a brand new clean, empty folder. If it's not. It won't work. So light Room has to compare what's empty. And then it compares. Oh, there's something in there. There's plus one. So I take the plus one so it always wants that folder to be empty. So don't point to a folder that already has photos in it. You need to point to an empty folder. That's why you make a new one each time. Okay, so now we have our set up, all set up, and now we just need to go into whatever program you would use. So, for instance, Cannon has their own U. S. E. U S utility that allows you to tether, and Sony will have that, and every every camera maker on the planet will have some kind of tethered pull shooter. So when you take a picture here, it'll pull the image in and put it in a specific place. If you don't have one or you don't like the one that your camera maker provides, there's one called Smart Shooter. And smart Shooter is a really good program. It, uh, it works fine inside of smart shooter, you go into the preferences, and you're going to choose where it's going to deliver the images. So just browse to that same folder and this will be the same in all of your various shooting programs. Regardless of what camera or making, they're gonna allow you to take the photos from the camera and put them in a specific place. So you're going to simply browse to a location, go find that same folder. So we're just going to go to the Jobs folder. We're going to go to the tethered shooting folder. We're going to go to that watched folder, and that's where we want to put it hit open. And now it's going to go to the watch folder hit, OK, and now I can capture from the camera. So I'm just going to shoot. So I shot an image. That image came in here to the disk, and it went to I mean, open up that folder. It went to the Watch folder, but now it's no longer there. Now it is in this folder here, so you can see that that that image instantly went from the watched folder, got moved over to this folder, and if I goto light room, it's inside of that folder here there's the new image. Now, some of the limitations on this you can still do the overlay on top of it. You can still do all that kind of stuff, but the limitation is that you can't have it automatically apply whatever settings you just used so that that use last settings is not gonna work because that's a tethered thing. But you Congar ahead and crop it. Do whatever you want, and then just any time that the new one comes in, just paste those settings onto it. That's the one limitation that you have in a watched folder, but with a watched folder, you can do the same thing that you can do with tethered. You can bring images in. Your client can still see it. All those images air still going into that collection, going up to the client and then sharing out to the client

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).

Kyosa Canuck

I hate to say this is a repetitive class due to covering much of the same things in each LR app. I appreciate Ben's classes better but this does give different perspectives. Also, Ben knows better than to use the word "super" let alone use it 10+ times per lesson.

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.