okay. So I know that I am no genius with light room but I do have considerable experience with aperture. This should be so simple but I just can't seem to get it to work. I have my SD card with photos and I want to import them into lr5 into a new folder called "trip to the beach". it should be so simple but I can't seem to get it to work. And if you could tell me how to do it where will the photos be on my computer?
In the Lightroom Import Dialog box, there is a section on the right named "Destination". In there, you can specify the EXACT location where the photos are to be copied into.
For all the gory details, you could view this video Lightroom 5 - Importing Your Images | Getting Started with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 | Adobe TV or read this help Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Help | Import photos from a camera or card reader (and there are also other tutorials you can find on the internet)