Hey everyone. I posted this over on my Lightroom blog today, but it’s something that I really think can help some people out there so I decided to cross-post it here (not to mention that I’ve been really busy this week so it was a quick way to get both blogs taken care of) 😉 Anyway, I wanted to take a minute to give you a suggestion that’s helped a lot of people in my seminars. I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from it – sighs of relief and just overall it seems like it’s helped a lot of Lightroom users out there.

A Question I Get All The Time
See, one of the questions I get asked quite a bit is how to bring in all of some one’s older photos that may be scattered among multiple drives and stored all over the place. Even worse, they’re older photos that may exist in another program like iPhoto or Aperture.

There’s really no trick to it other than following the same import process you normally would for your photos. You can do some tricks to help get things from, say, iPhoto in to Lightroom but there’s no direct import from one to the other.

Instead, Try Doing Nothing With Your Older Photos
Here’s what I suggest. If these photos aren’t crucial to your everyday work, and you don’t need the option to instantly access them, consider just working with Lightroom from now going forward. Maybe save a folder (or even a few folders) of all of your favorite photos, and import them into Lightroom so you at least have them in your library if you want to share or print them. But leave the old stuff where it is.

Here’s why. You may end up going through a ton of work to get those photos in to Lightroom. Depending on how many there are, you’ll have to go back and organize them all. Maybe even re-edit all of them. All that work for photos that you just don’t refer to often. Why? Just so you have them in your catalog with all of your newer stuff? It may not be worth it. For so many people I’ve talked to, these older photos aren’t mission critical and almost all of the people I ask say that they rarely every refer back to them. They’ve got some final JPEGs of their favorites and that’s all they ever need from older photo shoots.

Anyway, it’s just a suggestion. If you need quick access to your older photos then this may not be the suggestion for you. If not, give it some thought and just start using Lightroom the right way from today going forward. I’ve had many people tell me this tip saved them from many hours of work and that it’s really helped them out. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!


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