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Lightroom Tips: #001 Consider converting to DNG File Format when importing

Somewhat optimistic of me to start at Lightroom Tip 001 but let’s see if I can make a concerted effort to keep you updated with the latest and greatest Lightroom tips – and I’m sure some will come in useful for other photo management/editing software. Let’s get started…

Why you should convert to DNG

When shooting photos, in the majority of circumstances it’s always best to save it as . Whether that be Nikon’s NEF format, Canon’s CRx format or some other the advantages are plenty so i won’t go in to that.

As a Lightroom or Aperture user, you may have heard of DNG format but never considered using it. It’s essentially the equivalent of retaining the file in RAW format but with a couple of important advantages:

  1. File Size Reduction. 5% – 20% file size reduction may not sound impressive but if you have limited storage and thousands of images from just one shoot, it starts to sound good. On average my files are reduced by 8%.
  2. Faster Editing. When you convert to DNG, you’ll be presented with an option to ‘Embed Fast Load Data’. This saves a small amount of data into the DNG file that will make editing within the Develop module slightly faster which is a huge bonus.

How to Copy as DNG:

The first option is when you actual import your RAW files. Choose the Copy as DNG option as opposed to the usual Copy. If you’re photos are already in a Lightroom Catalog then select one or more photos and go to Library > Convert to Photo to DNG. Here are the settings I use.

If you would like to see more tips, then leave a comment below with suggestions and ideas!

One comment

  1. Nice tips! I use this: http://www.coreldraw.com/en/pages/dng-file/ to edit .dng files because is a powerful software for post processing DNG files.

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