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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.
Here we're going to take a look at how we can use the Map module in order to save locations and also how we can work with metadata in order to find and access our photographs. Well, for starters, let's select a folder. The folder I'll be working from initially is inside of Exercise Files > Photos > Narrative_ Photography and it's called "Jared." These particular pictures were captured on a really exciting course I created at Lynda.com called Narrative Photography or a course I was really excited about. These photographs were captured on the Brooklyn Bridge. I want to add them to that location.
So let's navigate to the Map module. In the Map module, the first thing I want to do is do a search for that location. I'll go ahead and type out Brooklyn Bridge, NY. This will then zoom into this spot. Well, the next thing that we need to do is to create what's called a Saved Location. To do that, you can click on this Plus (+) icon in the panel on the left, the Save Location panel to create the spot. I am going to go ahead and type out Brooklyn Bridge, and then click Create. Well, now you may notice I have a problem, right? This is much too big.
Well, to change the size, you just drag this little icon here to make it smaller, and then click on the middle point and you can reposition that. Let's zoom in a little bit here, and let's change this to say a Map view, so we have a little bit brighter view of this area. Next to add the photographs to this spot, well, all that you need to do is to make a selection, and drag and drop. Click on this first image and then Shift+Click on the third. These pictures were captured right about here. Then, click on another image, Shift+ Click on the last one of this set.
All those pictures were captured right over here. And then click on these last two photos here, holding down the Shift key while you do that, and add them to this side, where they were captured. So now all of these photographs are now within this Saved Location. Well, if I change the Save Location, let's say I make it much smaller, well, now I only have three pictures included in it. If I make it bigger, well, then it goes back to having all 11 inside of that saved spot, and that's really handy, right, how you change the Saved Location determines which photographs and which spots are inside of that Saved Location.
Let's add another Saved Location just so we can see how this whole thing works, because really you need to have more than one spot to take advantage of this. So let's go back to the Library module. We'll click on a folder, Travel. Inside of the Travel folder, there are a couple of images that I took on a backpacking trip. So what we'll do is we'll go to the Map module and in the Map module we'll do a search for the Location. It was Independence, CA, and it was just up in Onion Valley here, and I am going to go ahead and navigate to this spot.
This time I am going to take this to a Terrain View so I can kind of remember where it was that these images were captured. All right! Great! Next, I'll click to add a Location and name this Onion Valley, and then click Create. Once again I may want to modify the size of this in order to get this right, and then I'll click and drag and add a couple of photographs here to where they were captured, it's actually right there, and now I have those two pictures. What's great about this is I have this location, I have all of these photographs.
Now, let's go back to the Library module. Let's say we're back in the Library module, we're looking at all of our photographs, and we want to return to one of those Saved Locations. How can we do that? Well, there are a couple of different methods we can use. One is to use Library Filtering. And here's where you're going to see that the Map module and the Library module, well, they're really interconnected. If I go to the Metadata button here, I can filter based on some interesting things like GPS Data. Well, here it's going to show me all of the files that have coordinates. In this case, all of the pictures which have some sort of map tag on them.
Or I could go to a specific Map Location. Here are the different Map Locations I have. I want to see what photographs were captured in Onion Valley or in the Brooklyn Bridge. So I can access those images that way. Another thing that I can do is I can go ahead and navigate back to the Map Mmodule. Now, in the Map module what you can do is you can select a particular location and click on the little arrow to jump to that spot. Well, here it's going to show me all of those files that are in this particular spot, and I can get access to them really quickly.
Another way that I can do this is by taking advantage of the Metadata panel inside of the Map module. Let's take a look at that. Back to the Library module for a second. Let's show everything. Now, back to the Map. Well, in the Map module, you may notice I have one image which is highlighted or targeted here. Well, I can go to this GPS Code in the Metadata panel and I can click on this button, and it will then take me to that location where that image was captured.
Now, the same thing would be true is if we go to that location for Onion Valley. Let's see if I can find that. I am going to have to scroll one way or another in order to get back to that. Sorry about all that scrolling there. I am going to click on this image, and it's going to show me the GPS Data right there and, again, if I click on that, it will then take me to those particular photographs which were captured in that location. Now, in the Map module it's pretty dynamic. As I select the image, it navigates to a new location. Yet, we also have this Metadata over here in the Library module.
We'll go ahead and open up Metadata and then if we scroll down, you can see that GPS tag right there, I'll click on that, that will then jump to the Map module and show me those photographs. So again, what I'm trying to illustrate here is that the Map module, well, it just gives us another way to organize and access our photographs. And so what you'll have to do is get a little bit creative and ask yourself, well, how could I use this? How could I save particular locations? And how could that help me as I look to improve the way that I organize, access, and work with my files inside of Lightroom?
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