What if you could take a photo on vacation and have it be waiting for you in Lightroom when you returned home?
I’m excited to share a two-step automation process that makes this a fantastic reality.
Last year Lisa Corbin-Polak wrote about using the Dropbox Camera Upload feature to automatically sync photos from iOS and Android devices to your computer.
I was hesitant at first to try this, because I like to have control over my photos everything. As I considered the small ways I could save time and create more space in my day, I changed my mind.
I now have my Dropbox account set up on my iPhone and my husband’s Android phone. Each photo (and video) gets automatically copied to a Camera Uploads folder in my Dropbox account.
This step doesn’t affect the photos on your phone at all. Learn more about Dropbox Camera Upload.
Once in Dropbox, the photos are synced to any computer you use Dropbox with. But I wanted to take it a step further and complete the import process, automatically.
Next I enabled Lightroom’s Auto Import feature and set up the Camera Uploads folder in Dropbox as my watched folder. I also created a special holding place folder inside of Lightroom for these automatic imports.
It was quite a brilliant sight to have my husband take a photo of me with his phone and have it pop up inside of Lightroom seconds later! And as a bonus treat, this import procedure moves each photo so you don’t have to worry about duplicate copies filling up your Dropbox account.
Note: While I’m not covering how I handle my regular camera images in this post, it is worth noting that Lightroom can only auto-import from one watched folder. This is something to consider if you use multiple cameras. However, Dropbox Camera Upload also works for regular cameras attached to your computer via USB and may solve this problem for some users.
With all of our phone photos up-to-date in Lightroom, it’s much easier to manage this part of the library and helps these images get one step closer to being scrapbooked!
If you’re not yet using this free cloud storage service, you can click here to sign up for Dropbox.
Don’t use Lightroom? You can definitely still use the Dropbox option and your preferred photo management software may do have similar import features. Look in the support information for “auto import” or “watched folders”.