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How To Save Time When Importing Photos Into Lightroom

However, there are ways to speed up the process, and we’re here to help you out!

Behind the Importing Scenes

If you’re wondering why it takes an otherwise efficient program so long to import images, you’re not alone. Like many things in life, it’s what’s happening behind the scenes that affects what you see.

Lightroom performs several functions while it’s importing images, and that can slow it down. It’s not just copying the files from your memory card onto your hard disk. 

It’s simultaneously also

  • Reading the memory card’s image thumbnails

  • Applying any develop and metadata presets

  • Creating an XMP sidecar for each image

  • Creating a new database record for each image

  • Building important previews for the Library and Develop modules to give the user a higher resolution version.

If you’re importing a large batch of images, you’re likely to feel like it’s going slowly. However, as we said above, there are ways to streamline the import process to buy you some precious time. Read on for tips.

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