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There’s a very important step prior to importing your images in Lightroom. It is important to have ALL your images in one MAIN folder. If you need to move any image folders TO that main folder, you’ll want to do this prior to importing your existing images into Lightroom. You need to have a file structure set up either on your main hard drive OR an External Hard Drive. It doesn’t matter how many folders you have inside the main folder, just as long as your HAVE one main folder. There are two reasons for doing this:
- If you have images in different folders all over your hard drive, it will end up being a huge headache for you when that hard drive fills up. Having one main folder will make it MUCH easier to move to another drive or another external hard drive.
- Lightroom MAY be a bit problematic if it has to search all over your hard drive for your images.
You may already have a file system that’s working for you and if you have your images organized in one main folder, then you’re all set.
Let’s watch the video where I explain it further and you can see how my folders are set up.
FYI – In the video, when I’m talking about “copy as a DNG”, “copy”, “moving”, and “adding”, I failed to mention that if you shoot in JPG, you will want to choose the “COPY” option, not “copy as DNG”. I’m so used to shooting in RAW, the “copy as DNG” is my go-to choice.
If you have any questions about importing your images, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment and I can answer your question and it may benefit others as well.
You can view the video full screen simply by clicking on the icon in the lower right hand corner.