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Filtering by text, metadata, and file type

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Filtering by text, metadata, and file type

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.

Filtering by text, metadata, and file type

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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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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