Import Flow for those embracing Lightroom Classic:
I've had Lightroom for many years and found it's process and flow efficient. I gave up! I've been grinding through it to achieve some level of mobility yet I feel there is room for import efficiencies.
Assumption: Most people coming into lightroom have an established base of photos. Thus they have directories and some structure, albeit, it may not be good. It is written under the assumption that one is starting new. This is not the case. Like me, and I'm sure others the burden of getting things into lightroom outweighs the benefit.
Problem: Lightroom import will take photos from all directories including subdirectories and lump them into one import. This WIPES out the structure that was once a key element in one's previous organization. One can add collections and sets etc but you have to scour the import trying to determine membership by name or image when the previous location contained that information.
Potential Fix: Allow LR to autocreate collections as it imports folders. One can then work with LR tools to tag, rename, organize.
Alternate Fix:Color code or otherwise show the origin location withing the "bulk" import so one can create collections. As it stands, and I learned painfully, the entire import remains in Previous Import. I removed the photos to better clarify the next collection creation only to discover the photos removed from Previously Imported were also removed from the new collection. Not Good!
As it stands the process is tedious and nets little direct gain of efficiencies. Getting photos in is clearly a benefit as the tools are powerful. It just the overhead is a lot like painting a car. You have to prep for 90% of the time and the actual painting only takes 10%.