Importing Multiple Memory Cards Into Lightroom At The Same Time

Here’s a great little-known tip coming at you via photographer Dan Carr that has the potential to make using Lightroom just that much easier. If you didn’t already know — and it seems most people didn’t — assuming you have enough card readers, you can actually import multiple memory cards into Lightroom all at once.

Many amateurs and most enthusiasts never shoot more than one card at a time, but professionals often fill up several over the course of a photo shoot. For them, this tip should help get the process of importing all of those cards into Lightroom closer to that ideal “set it and forget it” scenario.

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  • Allen Arrick

    Life changing. Spending an hour after a long wedding just downloading cards is no fun. Thanks for the awesome tip!

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  • Geoff

    Nice one.  This’ll save me some time.

  • Jon Diener

    Good information to know, Dan! Thanks for sharing with the photo community.

  • Throwingit

    Not sure if I’m the only one experiencing this, but it doesn’t work in Lightroom 4. I wonder if they took that function out of the newer ones.

  • Hank Miner

    Works in 4.1 though it doesn’t sort by device as video shows. I found that the devices have to be plugged in BEFORE activating LR for everything to show in files.

  • Throwingit

    Thanks Hank. I missed the step of BEFORE activating LR. It works for me as well and as you say, no device sort.

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  • Dave

    Great tip!  Thanks for the information.  This is very helpful and appreciated!

  • Jen Philips

    Thank you! I just found your tutorial in 2014, with LR5, and still the discussion everywhere online is that Photo Mechanic is the only software that can handle simultaneous card import. A little search, found you, day saved!