This post is for those who use Lightroom CC. Yesterday I let Adobe Creative Cloud update my Photoshop and Lightroom applications when I saw the notification saying there were updates available. In general CC is pretty good with updates. Since Apple Macintosh OS X  version 11 “El Capitan” was recently released, I figured these were updates for the new OS. It turns out that Lightroom made a major change to the photo import workflow. The existing import tended to flummox beginners to Lightroom, especially those with little or no understanding of their computer’s file system, ability to navigate to folders or directories, and what happens when a memory card from a camera is attached to the computer (Apple: a new file volume is mounted).

After I did the install I saw there was a whole lot of wailing online about the new import workflow. I used it today after I shot about 75 images of cats at the Yavapai Humane Society, and while the new workflow is less capable than the old one, it is usable with a few tweaks. Here are Dagny’s tweaks

  1. In LR preferences, General tab, uncheck Show “Add Photos” screen. Add Photos is an idiot a novice workflow that will make you want to roll back to an earlier version of LR if you are a knowledgeable LR user.lr_prefs
  2. When you click “Import” in LR 2015.2 the destination, metadata, keywords, import presets, develop presets, and file renaming are hidden. Click the gear looking icon at the top right of the LR window to make the following options appear, the good news is this seems to be sticky and so the dialog appears by itself the next time you do an import.lr_import


There have been many reports of Lightroom CC 2015.2 crashing Macs, but I have not had any problems so far using OS X  10.10 with a late 2012 27 inch iMac with 24 MB of memory