My Import Workflow for Lightroom


  • All photos from my “pro” camera go into one folder, I let Lightroom sort it out.
  • Add to a dated collection. Example:
    • Collection Set: “2019 Q3”
    • Collection “2019-08-13 Baby Photos”

After importing

  • Select all photos in collection set, mark them as “Flagged”.
  • Review all photos:
    • Use the U key to “unflag” photos that aren’t good enough to be shown to the client.
    • Use the X key to flag bad pictures that could potentially be deleted in the future (ie. out of focus, etc.)
    • If I come across a picture that looks like a nice one, I mark it with 3 stars.
      • Note: It’s too early, the photos are undeveloped to I just use 3 stars.
      • When it comes time to edit the photos, I can filter by 3 stars to get to those good ones.

Sharing the results

You can now share your collection within lightroom. Just go into the options for it and say “picked only” and the client will see a nice gallery, despite there being a bunch of other pictures in the gallery.

Ryan Anstey
Creative Technologist