Learn how to import your photos into Lightroom Classic for editing, organizing, and sharing.
Import photos

Start importing photos

Open Lightroom Classic on your computer. In the Library module, click the Import... button to open the Import window.

Note: If you've inserted a camera memory card into your computer, the Import window may open automatically.


Choose import settings

You can import from a computer, hard drive, or camera into your Lightroom Classic catalog.

Importing from a computer or hard drive:

  • On the left, select folder(s) of photos to import. If you don't see your photos, make sure Include Subfolders is checked.
  • At the top, click Add to import without moving photos.
  • You can uncheck photos you don't want to import.
  • On the right, you can choose additional import options.

Importing from a camera

  • On the left, select the camera card from which to import. You can choose to Eject (the card) after import.
  • At the top, click Copy. The Add and Move options are not available when importing from a camera.
  • You can uncheck photos you don't want to import.
  • On the right, in the Destination panel, choose how to organize imported photos (by date, into one selected folder, or by subfolders), and preview the import destination in your file structure. You also can choose additional import options on the right.

Import your photos

Click the Import button in the bottom-right corner of the Import window to start the import. Lightroom Classic automatically switches to the Library module, where the imported photos appear.


Edit and organize your photos

Once your photos have been imported, they will appear in a Previous Import collection in the Catalog panel. You can also open the Folders panel to see the folder where the photos are stored on your hard drive.

Now you can organize, edit, and share your images in Lightroom Classic.


Contributor: Nicholas Hendrickx

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