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Posted 08 June 2016 - 05:04 PM

Can LR be used as the default program to transfer photos directly from your camera? Or will I still need View NX2 for this? I haven't purchased LR6 yet.



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Posted 08 June 2016 - 06:14 PM

Yes, you can import from your card directly into Lightroom.

Decide how you want to store your images first. For, example, into a subdirectory labeled by subjected, under a main folder called, pictures. Mine is called, image database.

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Posted 08 June 2016 - 07:19 PM

There are many different methods for organization.  I import directly from the camera allowing the program to copy to my pictures folder.  I file and name by date with a sequential number.  When you import there is a keywording function that allows you to search later for all pictures of the same subject.  For me a typical series of bird entries would be keyworded,  birds, hawks, Redtailed Hawk, home(for location), male/female, etc.  Key words can be added after import as well.  I have been using LR since beta 1 and have been pleased with the results I have gotten.  I have recently started using Photoshop, but still start and return to LR.

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 01:23 AM

Another neat trick with Lightroom is you can import to two folders at once so you can create a backup right at import before anything else happens or any fiddling has been done. 

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 12:59 PM

Lightroom has a good import function but you need to watch the settings.


It's best to maintain a logical file and folder structure that works with or without LR.  Many people copy images to their computer and then ingest to LR as a separate step.  I name the folder and rename files at download.  You can do the same thing and apply keywords using LR.


I don't think View is a good option long term.  It is going away.  the replacements are okay, but not as good as LR.  LR is very intuitive and powerful, but it works best if you commit to it.  You'll slow your learning curve if you try to keep using two products.

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Posted 09 June 2016 - 02:26 PM

Apple has set up a pictures directory, separate from documents.  Windows does pretty much the same thing.  Within the pictures directory, I have a folder for each year, with sub folders for each month.  I always import directly into LR from a memory card.  LR allows me to create a custom file name that also uses the number sequencing from the camera.  Of course, if I import images for the same subject from a different camera, I might want to tweak the name, to prevent stuff from being accidentally overwritten. 


LR is my go-to program, with PS for more advanced editing.  I've been using it for a few years, but only recently learned that I can save Lens Corrections as a user preset that can being applied during image import.  :)


I agree with Eric, about using 2 products. 


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