Faster Import to Lightroom

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I'm always trying to find a slicker way to edit my football photos. Ps is the fastest way BUT yesterday I tried Lr which proved good but I think it's just too slow.

Where every second counts and getting edited images out to the wire, making a slick workflow is paramount but I'm hoping there is a better way of getting images in to Lightroom?

I drag images from Photo Nechanic in to Lightroom. Lightroom then I have to click Import. This is the first problem. Missing the click or, having the import button highlighted so I can press Enter would be better. I then have to click on the Develop module. Why??? Aarrgghh!!! Just do this straight away!

Any thoughts please?

Thanks
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Sorry, but it would not make sense to most users, if imported images would be opened right away in the develop module. LR is also an image data base, where you import your images, then edit them and as the third step bring the heroes into the develop module. I would say, that this workflow makes sense to 95% of the users.
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Hi Peter I don't normally save the images, only the sydicated images so don't use the database at all. On my iMac and for motorsport, I do.
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Jon,  I don't use Photo Mechanic to import Images from my camera (Canon EOS 5D Mark III) to my camera roll, I use Keenai instead.  I then manuall import to Lightroom Mobile on my iPad (Adobe has implemented auto import on the iPhone and will update auto import on the iPad soon).  Once in Lightroom Mobile on the iPad i can post process the RAW images and sync them to Lightroom on my deaktop or laptop which I have left at home; or I can send selected images to a client on Lightroom Web using a private URL and get feedback.  If I have to do any final touch up I can do that on my deaktop/laptop when I return home. Lightroom Mobile is incredible for connectivity.   It appears that you use Photo Mechanic for its IPTC metadata capabilities. which are not available in Lightroom Mobile.  I will try Photo Mechanic if they have a trial version to see if I can replace Keenai.
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John, for the way you are working, there is no advantage to using Lightroom: it is all about the database and that will slow things down as the previews are created.  All the processing / metadata tools are duplicated in Bridge / Photoshop bar the perspective options and that then keeps everything clear of the DB.

If you do want to continue with LR, then it is straightforward to setup a watched folder on your computer  where files could be exported to from the camera while you are shooting (have you ever setup FTP / wireless on your camera?). I'm thinking Canon Pro bodies, but quite sure Nikon will have duplicate functionality too.

From the watched folder, LR will auto import, add basic or custom metadata and any processing presets specified, leaving files ready for export when you have finished shooting.
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Hi NWB

I did look at setting up auto import with the watched folder and now I'm using XQD cards with a USB 3 reader I'll try it out over the weekend. I would love to use a wireless transmitter like Nikon' s WT-5 but I think even that can be a bit on the slow side??
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I don't have a wireless transmitter now, but I'm thinking that it should be possible to transmit as you shoot, so the files end up in the watched folder? On my EOS  I can also connect with a network cable, so potentially the watched folder could be on the camera (with camera FTP setup) - it has been a long time since I was training such stuff (for Canon) but I think it is doable, and Nikon will surely have the same setup on their pro bodies.

Nick
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Welcome to the club Jon.

I, and many other photojournalist/sports shooter photographers have been pleading with Adobe to offer some assistance in this area for many years now to no avail. They seem content to ignore the pleas though Camera Bits, Inc. is laughing all the way to the bank because many Lightroom users have flocked to Photo Mechanic and forked over another $150 for Photo Mechanic as a possible solution.

Two things Adobe could do that could address these concerns would be:

1. Offer the option to forego the creation of previews upon import and allow the temporary use of the embedded previews already in the original RAW image files.  Then, when you take your relatively smaller subset of images to the Develop module, the standard previews could be rendered as needed. (Aperture and PhotoMechanic do this, so it is possible and much, much faster to get through the import process). 

2. Offer the option to only import 'locked' or marked photos instead of the entirety of the images on the camera card without the drudgery of culling in the import browser. Once again, Aperture and PM both offer this capability and have done so for years, so it is not impossible.

These two capabilities would address the situation posed in this and other similar threads and would not have any adverse effects on the '95% of other users' who may not be concerned about such matters ... don't get me started on the near infinite garbage included in Lr that are of little interest to 'most' users ...

It's sad that Adobe is content with a significant number of their users seeking solutions elsewhere. I know I try to do everything humanly possible to avoid my clients seeking other avenues that could take away from my interests. Nor do I lobby against improvements, ideas and potential solutions my fellow users may request. 
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Jon, I did a big workflow project for Reuters, so I understand the pressures. The big agencies have the ability to pull images off the camera via FTP and handle them on the picture desk. Not so easy if you are on your own. I'm not sure that any of the software out there can really solve the problem. I'm wondering if can you use Bridge as a faster alternative to LR?

Forgive me if I'm teaching you to suck eggs, not intended...

Select your images, add captions and then with them selected, hit  ⌘ R (or ⌃ R on PC) and process out of Bridge rather than going into PS. You have all the sliders, less of the superfluous stuff and the ability to deal with multiple images.

Did you know that if you hold the Shift key and then double click on Exposure / Whites / Blacks etc for speedy auto adjust of individual parameters? You can also drag on the histogram for faster adjustments.

Bridge has all the options to save export presets as in Lightroom

Hope this helps somewhat?
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Cheers NWB. I'll have a look at that tomorrow. The black and white point setting is great! I'm guessing it cannot be automatically set or combined in my import preset? It will be nice to have a dedicated button too?
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The only way of enabling on import is to allow the auto tone which covers all parameters at once. In my experience it never works correctly though.  

You know about double clicking the straighten tool for auto straighten too (no shift key)?

The problem with dedicated buttons is the added complexity on the user interface, and only some photographers want them.
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Don't get me wrong ... I am a strong advocate for the other modules included in Lr. They could be very valuable assets to many users ... IF ... they were actually fully functional, more efficient and much less constrained.

Anyone who created slideshows or books in Aperture can attest how valuable having those capabilities tied directly to their RAW image workflow can be extremely efficient and rewarding. But ... those capabilities MUST be worthy of inclusion. Half baked lame attempts are of little value to most users. If Adobe would apply the same level of attention to detail as they committed to the Print module to the rest of the package... we would all be much better off.
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Butch, I agree with you. In the late noughties, the web page creation was extremely useful to me and allowed very quick reviewing of a shoot by customers. However, little has changed and it is now hopelessly out of date. Slideshow too. Actually 'Lights out' on a specific collection of images looks better, without the fuss of creating  the slideshow.
Maps can be useful and as you say, Print is excellent. 

Development updates needed !?