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Watched Folder Process

Lesson 3 from: Commercial Workflow in Adobe Lightroom Classic

Jared Platt

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3. 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

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