One thing I see frequently on Twitter is that someone has decided to import or export a large number of images and is then distraught about how long this particular process is taking. There can be many reasons for this; some of them you can change, and some you can’t but I thought I’d put together a few tips. These have been cobbled together from both my own experience and from a number of other sites, so my thanks to those others!
Update, February 19, 2014. We’ve added a new post called ‘Getting Images Out of Lightroom‘ that covers exporting images in great detail. This post is still valuable for tips for importing images. Also, remember to check out our ‘The Many Faces of Lightroom Presets: The Import and Library Modules‘ for more tips on setting up import presets.