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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
In this chapter we'll be working with this set of photographs, these photographs are part of this project that I've been working on with the working title of SALT. It's about photographing people who are somehow connected to the ocean. And these images while they were captured with a film camera have been scanned and now brought into Lightroom, and one of the things that we need to do so often with our photographs is add some sort of a keyword to them. These keywords can really help us access and organize these pictures. Here we have a few different types of photographs.
Some with the subject in the picture, this one without someone in it at all but I really like how the exposure worked on this frame. Or others like this one over here which was an accidental double exposure where I loaded that sheet of film twice because my assistant had handed me the film loader twice, but I kind of like the result. So I'm going to have some interesting keywords to add to these. Some which are general to the group, some which are specific to particular photographs. So one of the things that you can do in regards to keywords as you can select a photograph then navigate to the Keywording panel.
Now here in the Keywords Tag pull- down menu you want to make sure to select Enter Keywords. Now this particular person's name is Jeff Johnson, so I'm going to go ahead and type out his name and then click Enter or Return that has now been added to this picture. Well of course as you start to add keywords to your photographs you have to remember there's got to be a better way, well indeed there are. I can go ahead and click on the next photograph and you'll notice that I can choose from Keyword Sets, Recent Keywords here. There's Jeff Johnson I can click on that that will then add that keyword to this photograph.
Well how else can I add keywords? Well I can go ahead and click on another picture here; in this other picture you'll notice that Lightroom has all of a sudden learned something, it's giving me a suggestion. It's assuming that I might also want Jeff Johnson in the list here. That's new to this image, it now built up that base of information and gave me that so I can click on it, add it to the picture. And again we can go down and see how we have a number of different ways we can add those keywords. Well what about adding keywords just to a group of pictures, like all of the rest of them? One keyword, that's easy.
Click on an image, hold down the Shift key, click on the last image and then you can add it with any of the methods that we talked about and this time I'll just type out his name Jeff Johnson and then press Enter or Return. And now as we click through these photographs, let's click off of that one. Click through them, you'll notice that that keyword is part of this mix. Now you may also want to get specific here. For example, we get to this image and we realize that we have a keyword that we don't want, I don't want Jeff Johnson. We'll click in there, highlight it, Delete, it's now gone.
We can also go to other photographs, let's say like this one here and add an extra keyword. I'm going to call this double exposure and then press Enter or Return. I can go to the track's photograph and then just title this one Train Tracks. I love photographing train tracks. Now you can see we can add these keywords and what's wonderful about this is this information is now part of these files, it is part of this Lightroom Catalog. Lightroom will remember this. If we leave this folder and then come back, well as we click on these images we'll see all of those keywords which are added to these photographs.
And we can take advantage of this data. It can help us as we seek to manage, process, and work with our images.
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