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In part two of Chris Orwig's Lightroom Essentials, you'll learn how to add important metadata to your images that will help you find and filter your library, process images and video, and export, email, and share photos—all from within the powerful Library module in Adobe Lightroom. First you'll learn how to flag, rate, and rank your photos and use the information to find images that match those criteria. Then tag them with locations and add keywords and identifying information that clearly distinguish the subject and your copyright. Chris also shows you how to make image adjustments with Quick Develop, and play, trim, and edit video. Lastly, find out how to export your photographs to a hard drive, email them to friends and clients, and upload them to sharing sites like Flickr and Facebook.
Another great way that you can filter and find photographs is by taking advantage of the metadata library filter. Let's take a look at how this works, and click on the Exercise Files folder so we're looking at all of these different photographs and video files, then click on the Metadata button. This will open up these various columns here. These columns are customizable, and what we can do is click on the criteria in these columns in order to filter and find certain pictures. We can select or make selections based on the color label, the lens, the camera.
And a number of other options as well. Let me show you how this works. If I want to view the image which was captured with the 300 millimeter f2.8 lens, we can click on this field here. And it will show us the image which was captured with that lens. To view photographs which were captured with another lens we'll just click on the criteria here. We can see some images which I captured with a 16 to 35 millimeter lens. Now if we want to see both, hold on the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows and here we can click on those options and see both of these fields here are now filtering all of the photographs. To turn off an option, we'll just click and that will then remove that. Or go back to the top here, where it has the all option. Now you can change the criteria that we have here. For example, rather than date, we could choose something else. We could choose ISO speed.
In doing that we can see what ISO was used to capture these various photographs. In this case let's say I want to see a photograph which was captured with ISO 200. We'll just click on that option and it will change our filtering criteria. Now you can combine the criteria across multiple columns as well. If we want to see if there were any images which were captured using this ISO setting with this particular camera, we'll just hold down the Cmd key on a Mac or Ctrl key on Windows and then click on the other criteria. Notice how it's updating all of these fields as we make further selections, holding down Cmd or Ctrl until it's just showing us this subset of pictures based on the filtering criteria that we have in these areas.
You know, you can also add other columns, as well. If you click on the icon in the far-right of any of these columns, one of the options is to add the column. Or you can remove it. If you add it, what you'll see is you'll have another column. And here we can choose more criteria that we want to filter based on. In this case lets go to file type. Here it's showing me that the files that I have access to are JPEGs. Well rather than just looking at the JPEGs, I want to go back to where I'm seeing all of the photographs. And I want to see what type of files I have here in the library. I have digital negatives, I have JPEGs, Photoshop document, raw files, TIFF files, et cetera. In this way you can simply click on these menu items in order to view the images which are that particular type of file.
Alright, well there you have it. There's how you can start to take advantage of the metadata library filter. And I also want to mention that I was showing you a number of different options here so that you can start to see how exhaustive this really is. And how you can choose so many different types of criteria in order to filter and find your photographs using the metadata library filter.
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