Next, move within the Preferences dialog and click to highlight the Import tab (FIGURE 4.5).
Figure 4.5 Preferences dialog for importing images files deals with choices for Import options.
By selecting "Show import dialog when a memory card is detected," you cause Lightroom to open the Import dialog automatically after connecting to a camera or memory card reader with your computer.
If you prefer to not select this option, you will need to download your images manually to the local hard drive or an external storage device and then use the Import button or File > Import Photos from Disk after launching Lightroom. You will learn more about the options for managing your image imports with Lightroom in Chapter 6. For now, check the feature to "Show import dialog when a memory card is detected."
Selecting "Ignore camera-generated folder names when naming folders" is going to be dependent on how you manage your internal camera file and folder naming settings. I normally have number sequencing turned on within my camera and prefer not to check ignore.
If you set your DSLR camera up to shoot JPEG plus Raw, treat these image files separately by checking "Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos."
The Import DNG Creation settings apply to the Digital Negative file format (DNG). DNG is an open architecture file format developed by Adobe to allow Raw shooters to potentially open their files in the future without relying on support from the camera manufactures who may discontinue Raw formats and/or DSLR cameras. Think of DNG file format as a container in which you can specify how DNG files are created during import and what is placed in the container. For more information on the DNG file format, visit www.adobe.com/products/dng.