When importing your images, Lightroom gives you the option of importing as Camera RAW files and DNG. Typically, many users will simply import as Camera RAW but let me show you why I feel importing as DNGs instead will be nothing but beneficial for you and your workflow.

Importing Files as DNGs into Lightroom Video

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DNG Format

DNG stands for Digital Negative and it is essentially Adobe’s version of a Camera RAW file. Everything that can be done on a RAW file can be done with a DNG with the additional benefit of the DNG being 10-15% smaller in file size. This can prove to be incredibly advantageous as you can shoot and store more of your images without sacrificing quality. One of the features that I like the most about having my images as DNG files is that it eliminates the presence of the .XMP files that will appear alongside your Camera RAW images as you begin to edit.


This not only helps get rid of the excessive amount of .XMP files but it also saves all of the information about your edits right into the DNG file and, therefore, helping you make your images much more manageable.



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