Importing from a watched folder
Designating a folder on your hard disk as a watched folder can be a very convenient way to automate the import process. Once you’ve designated a folder that is to be watched, Lightroom will detect any photos that are placed or saved into it, and then automatically move them to a specified location and add them to the catalog. You can even have Lightroom rename the files and add metadata in the process.
Choose File > Auto Import > Auto Import Settings. In the Auto Import Settings dialog box, click the first Choose button to designate a watched folder. Navigate to your desktop, create a new folder, name it Watch This, then click Choose/Select Folder.
Now that you have designated a watched folder, you can click the checkbox at the top of the Auto Import Settings dialog box to Enable Auto Import.
Under Destination, click the Choose button to specify a folder to which Lightroom will move your photos when adding them to the library catalog. Navigate to and select the lesson02A folder, and then click Choose/Select Folder. Type Auto Imported in the Subfolder Name text box.
Under Information, select the metadata preset that we made in the previous exercise, choose None from the Develop Settings menu, and choose Minimal from the Initial Previews menu. Click OK to close the Auto Import Settings dialog box.
Switch to Finder/Windows Explorer and navigate to the lesson02B folder. Open the Watch This folder and drag the image files inside this watched folder.
When Lightroom has finished importing, you’ll notice that the images are automatically placed into the Auto Imported folder we specified during the watched folder creation. Looking at the Watch This folder, you’ll see that it is now empty.
In Lightroom, if you navigate to the lesson02A folder, you’ll notice that there are several more pictures that have been added to that folder.
You’ll find that this watched folder feature is very commonly used by photographers who are performing tethered shooting using the manufacturer’s software to control the camera. Dedicated to supporting photographers every step of the way, Lightroom also handles this type of shooting quite well. Want to learn more about tethered shooting? We’ll cover that in the next section.