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Lightroom reducing my image quality after importing

Community Beginner ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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Hi so my issue is that when I zoom in on a picture on my mac, the image is crystal clear quality and I can see the smallest details. I shoot both in RAW and in JPEG and both images come out with the same crystal clear quality. However, when I import photos into Lightroom CC and zoom in on the picture, its just very pixelated. I've been trying to find ways to fix it but im just lost at this point.

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LEGEND , Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017
LR does not auto convert images to DNG unless that is what you select to have happen in the LR Import dialog window. There are four option at the top. Select Copy instead of Copy as DNG.

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LEGEND ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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In what program are using to view and zoom in on them if they are not yet imported into LR.

From what source are you using to import them into LR.

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Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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I am zooming in on them on my macbook photos application. And i am importing them by moving the image file from my photos to my documents. Then from documents to Lightroom

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LEGEND ,
Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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farhado60087740 wrote:

I am zooming in on them on my macbook photos application. And i am importing them by moving the image file from my photos to my documents. Then from documents to Lightroom

Then you are not dealing with the original image in LR but some type of copy exported from the Photos app.

I suggest you start by getting your images into a folder on your drive that is not controlled by the Photos app.

In all honesty if you want to use LR stop using the Photos app and do all your importing into LR first from your cameras memory card or your phone.

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Jan 21, 2017 Jan 21, 2017

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I GOT IT. So turns out importing straight from SD did actually work and produced the same image quality. Thanks so much for your help!  You're a life saver

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LR does not auto convert images to DNG unless that is what you select to have happen in the LR Import dialog window. There are four option at the top. Select Copy instead of Copy as DNG.

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Sep 20, 2018 Sep 20, 2018

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I had the same problem and this solved it. Thank you very much!

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Aug 22, 2021 Aug 22, 2021

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Had the same issue and the above didn't help either.

When importing I had to select 1:1 preview, on the top right section, that was the key adjustment that worked for me.

Note this will increase the importing process, specially in high res camera.

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Sep 20, 2021 Sep 20, 2021

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I have had a similar issue recently when importing 'large' Canon R5 RAW files. Regardless of wether or not the files are viewed directly from the memory card or if the files are first imported to my hard drive and then viewed with Lightroom the result is the same. So chosing which files are the best for improting into Lightroom is not possible as zooming in to check each image sharpnes will result in a hopless pixely image. I tried selecting 1:1 preview and the other sugestions above but the result is the same. My workround is to import all the files (if there are not too many) and then delete the ones I dont want before processing. Once the images are imported there is no pixely effect. If I have many RAW files to sort through then I have to pick the ones I want to keep first with Canon's DPP program which works fine. I am wondering if the problem is a Lightroom bug as I did not have this problem earlier when importing RAW files taken with a Canon 7D mark II and a Canon 5D mark IV, and Lightroom has been recently updated several times since then anyway. If anybody is still expeiencing the same issue, or really has fixed the same one as I am describing, it would be good the hear from you. 

 

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