I almost always copy the contents of my memory cards to my hard drive and then sync the imported files and folders with Lightroom. I can have Lightroom manage this process, however after a big shoot, I’m often left with a lot of files and don’t want to tie-up Lightroom’s processing to import photos when I could be using that valuable time more efficiently. This means that I do the copy via the Finder and then sync the folder in Lightroom.
Overall, I feel this is a more efficient way to manage the importing of files. I let Apple’s Finder do the heavy lifting and leave Lightroom out of that part so that I can work on photos during the file ingestion process. Once the files have been copied to the hard drive, I tag, and add metadata just as I would if I imported directly from the card.
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