Last Monday, I talked about my digital workflow. There is another tip I should mention about how I deal with photos in Lightroom: Import presets. When I import photos for clients, I don't put them in the same place on my hard drive. For my personal photos, I use embedded folders like this: Year -> Month. For Clients, it's more like: Clients -> Portrait -> Name -> Date. For studio sessions, I use a custom white balance preset on importing. I also make a second copy on import for clients.

You can change that every time, but a better way to do it is to create import presets to automate things you do often. At the bottom of the import panel, you can see Import Preset, and to the right, you probably see None with two arrows. Once you have selected all the options you want, like the destination, file renaming and handling, and what to do on the files during the import, you can click on those two arrows, and select the option Save Current Settings as New Preset...

The next time you import photos in Lightroom, chose the import preset you want and your favorite settings will be there automatically.  

Import Preset dialog box

Import Preset dialog box

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