Lightroom is a fabulous program, but it can be daunting. Here are a few resources to get you started with getting your photos and videos into Lightroom.
1. An article on how Lightroom works with a catalog and what importing really means.
2. Two Videos from my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4: The Fundamentals and Beyond – Workshop on Video series (of 10 1/2 hours of training on 55 videos) on importing photos and videos — i.e. getting Lightroom to see them:
- The first covers importing photos already on your hard drive, as well as other import basics, such as setting up a copyright and contact information preset. (Do watch this one first, as I cover Import basics that the second video assumes you know).
- The second covers importing photos still on memory cards, copying them to exactly where you want to on your hard drive, assigning keywords, and setting up an Import preset.
- These lessons apply to Lightroom 3, 4, 5, and 6 (though not the 6.2.1 update, released in October, 2015.)
I would recommend not skipping the article! These concepts are covered in earlier videos in my series.
To watch the videos at higher resolution, click on the little wheel/sprocket symbol in the bottom right of each video, and increase the quality to HD. (Note that in my product, all are at higher resolution – 1024×768, and are not blurry!)