If you are looking to make your Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic life easier, and if you are still using a film scanner, then this tutorial on Jeffrey Friedl’s fantastic Folder Watch Plugin is for you.
I recently dug out my film scanner again to digitize some old family photos. Working with the old Nikon scanner again reminded me that the Import process for Lightroom Classic users who are scanning film is not nearly as straightforward as it is for those who are shooting with a digital camera only.
Digital camera images are easy to import once you learn how to build and use an Import Preset in Lightroom Classic because each image has an embedded timestamp inside of its metadata. Scanned images though are not created with accurate capture timestamps or other valid EXIF data. The lack of an accurate capture timestamp in a scanned image throws off the automated and consistent filename + folder naming image storage system that I preach about in all of my other Import tutorials.
Fortunately, there is an easy way avoid this problem and to completely automate the film scanner to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic import process once you install Jeffrey Friedl’s Folder Watch Plugin. Once you have this awesome plugin installed then you can work away with your film scanner and each image that you create will be automatically moved to your Photos Go Here image storage area and added into your Lightroom Catalog.
Teaching the Folder Watch Plugin to automatically import your new scans, and training it to add your copyright info into each scan that it imports for you, is painless. There are a lot of options in here but you only need to set them up once for this project. Once everything is configured properly, all that you need to do is to enable the Folder Watch Plugin every time that you turn on your film scanner.
If the Folder Watch Plugin makes life easier for you then please don’t forget to send Jeffrey Friedl a generous donation for all of his hard work.