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Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

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Watched Folder Process

Jared Platt

Adobe Lightroom: The Ultimate Guide Bootcamp

Jared Platt

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62. Watched Folder Process


Class Trailer
1 Differences Between Lightroom Desktop and Lightroom Classic 19:42 2 Hard Drives 08:06 3 File Organization 08:31 4 30,000 Foot View of Workflow 05:36 5 Importing into Lightroom 04:10 6 Building Previews 07:14 7 Collections and Publish Services 05:11 8 Keywords 06:27
9 Hardware for Lightroom 06:08 10 Searching for Images 07:51 11 Selecting Images 14:15 12 Organizing Images 04:02 13 Collecting Images for Use 14:56 14 Develop Module Overview 10:15 15 Profiles 11:34 16 Basic Adjustments 11:45 17 Basics Panel: Texture, Clarity, and Dehaze 05:31 18 Basics Panel: Saturation and Vibrance 02:40 19 Tone Curve 09:26 20 HSL 04:48 21 Split Tone 08:19 22 Lens Corrections 08:32 23 Details 09:34 24 Transform Tool 05:52 25 Effects Panel 10:00 26 Synchronizing for Faster Editing 07:40 27 Spot Tool 17:51 28 Skin Softening and Brush Work 07:00 29 Range Masking 13:28 30 Dodge and Burn 17:36 31 Working with Specific Colors 08:30 32 Edit Quickly with Gradient Filters 11:22 33 Making Presets 13:24 34 Preparing Image in Lightroom 09:51 35 Content Aware Fill 11:14 36 Skin Repair 02:44 37 Skin Smoothing 14:39 38 Expanding a Canvas 04:30 39 Liquify 10:22 40 Layers and Composite Images 12:54 41 Sharing via Web 17:52 42 Exporting Files 10:47 43 Sharing with Slideshows 08:00 44 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 19:54 45 Designing 13:35 46 Making Prints 11:27 47 Color Management and Profiles 13:00 48 Archiving Photos and Catalogs 11:31 49 Using Cloud Storage 04:09 50 Adding Images to your Portfolio 09:23 51 Collecting for Your Portfolio 18:03 52 Publishing Unique Websites Per Project 19:48 53 Sharing to Instagram 07:06 54 HDR 15:32 55 Panorama 06:41 56 HDR Panorama 09:54 57 Making Presets 15:39 58 Creating Profiles 18:09 59 Maps 07:08 60 Setup for Tethered Shooting 23:21 61 Sharing with the Client 05:42 62 Watched Folder Process 07:04 63 Second Monitor and iPad 06:09 64 Backup at the Camera 03:50 65 Gnar Box Disk Backup 06:45 66 iPhone and iPad Review 12:52 67 Importing to Lightroom on iPad 02:59 68 Cloud Backup 04:39 69 Adjust, Edit, and Organize 07:46 70 Using Lightroom Between Devices 11:27 71 Lightroom Desktop 05:27 72 Removing Images from the Cloud 10:49 73 Profiles 09:34 74 Light 04:34 75 Color 05:36 76 Effects 15:22 77 Details 08:33 78 Optics 03:49 79 Geometry 04:12 80 Crop 04:39 81 Adding and Using Presets and Profiles 13:41 82 Local Adjustments 15:40 83 Healing Tool 03:29 84 Synchronizing Edits 04:57 85 Editing in Photoshop 08:54 86 Finding Images 07:09 87 Sharing and Exporting Albums on the Web 09:18 88 Posting Images to Social Media 14:01 89 Overview of Lightroom Desktop 07:35 90 The Workflow Overview 10:08 91 Organizing Images 05:10 92 Albums and Shared Albums 18:21 93 Lightroom Desktop Workspace Overview 04:36 94 Importing and Selecting Images 09:23 95 HDR and Panoramics 22:44 96 Light 07:47 97 Profiles 07:23 98 Tone Curves 02:57 99 Color 08:35 100 Effects 17:01 101 Details 12:43 102 Optics 04:05 103 Geometry and Crop Tool 06:01 104 Sync Settings 02:40 105 Making and Adding Presets 03:48 106 Healing Brush 02:21 107 Brush Tool 03:14 108 Gradient Tool 04:16 109 Edit in Photoshop 02:53 110 Finding Images with Sensei 06:32 111 Sharing Albums on the Web 04:57 112 Print through Photoshop 02:09 113 Exporting Images to Files or Web Services 04:36 114 Connecting with Lightroom Classic and Mobile Devices 05:24 115 Archiving Images for Storage 09:55 116 Review of the Workflow 07:20

Lesson Info

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

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  • 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


Dan Clarke

This class was great. I've never used Lightroom before and now I feel comfortable in it. Massive amount of good info.


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).