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By now you are starting to realize that there are lots of different ways to search for photos in the Organizer. We saw in the last movie that if you're casting a wide net with a broad search then the text search is the way to go. But if you want to narrow your search to just specific parameters then you may want to take a look at the Options in the Find menu. Here you can search for files by very specific parameters. So, for example, if you always add captions to your files, you can search By caption only here, or you can search by file name only, which can narrow things down.
Sometimes I'm looking for photos that I've bracketed, and I group those together into stacks, so here I can search for All Stacks. Or sometimes I'm looking for the original and the edited version of files, and when I save I usually specify that I want to save in a version set, so here I can search for all version sets. You can even search by the history of things that you have done to photos. For example, you could look for all photos that you know you imported on a certain date or that you emailed to a certain recipient. You can even search by things that photos don't have. For example, sometimes I want to see all the files I haven't keyworded yet, so I know the ones that I have to work on, and those are the Untagged Items. Or if I want to start organizing my photos into albums, I can quickly get to see all the items that are not in any album yet.
I think that most powerful choice in this menu is find By Details. I am going to click there, and I get a dialog box that looks a lot like the dialog box in which you can create a smart album. Here you can choose different criteria, and you can stack those up to get really specific with your search. For example, let's say that I'm worried about graininess in photos and so I want to isolate the photos that were taken with a particular camera that tends to produce grain at high ISOs. I will come into this first menu and I can choose from all of these options here, everything from simple things like file name to a camera make or model that were used to capture an image, and moving down, to the F-stop that was used, the ISO, the focal length, the orientation of the photo--whether it's portrait or landscape--and the file type, which is useful when you want to find all your JPEGs or your RAW files.
I'm interested in looking for photos that were taken with a particular camera, so I will go back up here to Camera Make. So I'm interested in looking for files that were taken with a particular brand of camera, a Panasonic camera that we have. So I'll choose Camera Make, and then I will go to the next field, which is basically the verb in the sentence that I am building. So I'm looking for Camera Make Contains and then I will type the make of the camera, which is Panasonic. And then I'm going to add another part to this rule by clicking the Plus symbol here.
I also want to look for photos whose ISO is greater than, say, 200. So from the first menu, I will go down and I'll choose ISO speed, and the verb will be is greater than 200. Now right from here I can save this criteria as a smart album so I can quickly get back to it over here in the Albums panel. But I am going to do one more thing before I click Search, and this is really important, and it's something you're likely to forget, so I really want to point it out. And that is, you have to set the conjunction. Is it going to be "or" or "and?" In this case I want to see all the photos taken with a Panasonic and that have an ISO speed greater than 200, not or.
So this is the option to enable, which tells Elements to search for files which match all of the following search criteria. And now I will click Search. And there is the result, just one file in this particular folder that was taken with the Panasonic at an ISO of greater than 200. To confirm that, I'll select this photo, and then I'll go up to the Window menu and I will choose Properties. And here in the Information tab of the Properties window, if I scroll down, I can see the make of the camera was indeed Panasonic, and down here, the ISO was greater than 200; it was 400.
I am going to close this window because obviously you are not going to open that window for every photo; instead, consider using the powerful Find menu and in particular, the By Details feature in the Find menu.
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