When supported Canon or Nikon digital cameras are connected to the computer, you can import photos directly into a Lightroom Classic CC catalog. You can bypass the camera's capture software and import from a camera card.
For a list of cameras that can be tethered to Lightroom Classic CC, see Tethered camera support | Lightroom Classic CC.
The session is the name of the folder that stores the captured photos. Select Segment Photos By Shots to create subfolders within the session. You can name the subfolders after clicking OK.
Choose a filenaming convention for the photos. Session Name - Sequence uses the name entered in Session. For any naming convention that uses a numerical sequence, specify the Start Number. See Naming options and The Filename Template Editor and Text Template Editor.
Add metadata and keywords to the imported photos, if desired. See Apply metadata and keywords to photos when importing.
Disable Auto Advance (for Canon cameras only)
Select this option if you don't want Lightroom Classic CC to automatically select the most recently captured photo. Deselect this option to display the most recently captured photo in the preview area.
Nikon and other cameras
- Click the shutter release button (the large round circle) to capture a photo. Or, press the camera’s shutter release button.
- Optionally, choose a preset to apply on import from the Develop Settings pop-up menu. See Apply Develop settings to photos when importing.
- Click the Settings button in the lower-right corner of the floating bar to edit capture settings.
- The floating capture bar displays the values of Shutter Speed, Aperture, ISO, and White Balance as set in your camera; you can't adjust these camera controls from the floating bar.
- If you are segmenting photos by shots, press Ctrl+Shift+T (Windows) or Command+Shift+T (macOS) to create a new shot.
- Press Ctrl+T (Windows) or Command+T (Mac OS) to show/hide the floating tethered capture bar.
- By default, Lightroom Classic CC selects and displays the most recently captured photo in the preview area. Choose File > Tethered Capture (Nikon & Other Cameras) and deselect Auto Advance Selection if you do not want Lightroom Classic CC to automatically select the most recently captured photo.
- Close the floating tethered capture bar or choose File > Tethered Capture (Nikon & Others) > Stop Tethered Capture to end the session.
If you're having problems with tethered shooting, see Troubleshoot tethered capture in Lightroom Classic CC.