Latest Lightroom Update Takes Away Multiple Card Import, This is How You Bring It Back

Oct 9, 2015

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Latest Lightroom Update Takes Away Multiple Card Import, This is How You Bring It Back

Oct 9, 2015

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are shooting weddings and your workflow involves importing photos from multiple cards simultaneously, you may want to hold with the latest Lightroom CC update.

I know of quite a few wedding photographers that use a USB hub and several card readers to unload all their cards simultaneously into lightroom. While this process is not faster than unloading each card separately, it takes away the need to babysit the process.

The latest lightroom update released yesterday take this ability away with a new import screen. The import screen forces you to select one source for import, either a single drive, a single card or your photostream (or a folder).

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Old import
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New import

The selection process simply took away the ability to import from several cards. If you want to gain that ability back follow this procedure:

  1. Open Lightroom and hit Edit -> Preferences
  2. On the General tab uncheck “Show ‘Add Photos’ Screen”
  3. you are done.

This is how the import screen will look now, and you can still use CTRL while selecting folders to load multiple cards.

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[thanks for the tip, Jeff]

P.S. interestingly this is also the solution if Lightroom keeps crashing on you

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3 responses to “Latest Lightroom Update Takes Away Multiple Card Import, This is How You Bring It Back”

  1. Addicted2light Avatar
    Addicted2light

    The new import screen is horrible, a classic case of trying to dumb down things that ends up actually overcomplicating them

  2. Michael Van Dusen Avatar
    Michael Van Dusen

    I bought a cheap up and cheap card readers to import lots of files to my Mac, but often photos and videos get corrupted if I import multiple cards simultaneously (just using the finder.). What set do any of you use for multiple cards?

  3. Dylan Johnson Avatar
    Dylan Johnson

    Lol my creative cloud won’t even load. Just keep getting the spinny loading wheel.