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In Photoshop Lightroom 3 Essential Training, author Chris Orwig provides a comprehensive look at Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3, the popular photo-asset management, enhancement, and publishing program. The course covers indispensable techniques such as importing, processing, and organizing images in the Library, correcting and adjusting images in the Develop module, and creating slideshows, web galleries, and print picture packages. In addition to exploring all of Lightroom 3's capabilities, this course is rich with creative tips and expert advice on photographic workflow. Exercise files accompany the course.
Here I want to take a look at how we can use the Metadata panel in a completely different way, and what I want to do here is explore how we can actually use this panel to filter the images that we're viewing and then eventually working on. Well you notice that I'm in this folder titled frs. I'm also in the Library module, and here what I'm going to do is open up the Metadata panel. Now in the Metadata panel, you'll notice that there are certain fields with arrows next to that field. Well what we can do is we can take this view to something say like EXIF, where we've just seen all of this descriptive metadata, and we can focus in on some of these fields.
For example, let's say that I want to see the images that were captured at an ISO of 400. Well if I click on this arrow, it will show me this image, as well as all of the other images in my Catalog that were captured that way. And what's fascinating about this is I can choose different criteria. Say I want to see the images captured with this particular Lens, well again, click on that arrow, and it will show me that particular selection. There are other fields, as well; for example, like this one here, which shows me the File Path. If I click on the arrow now, it will then open up my Finder window, and it will show me the actual source files on my hard drive.
All right, well let's close this document window and what I want to do next is open up the Library Filters. To do that, press the Backslash key. Well here you can see that my Library filter is now open, and I can filter based on metadata, and so what's happening here is as I click on these arrows, it's then updating the filtering option. Now you can see it's highlighting ISO 400. Watch this again as I change this. Here I'll change to the lens 24-70, and it's going to show me all the photographs in this catalog that were captured with that particular lens.
So as you can see, you can use the Metadata panel not only to learn about your photographs or to add information to them, but you can also take advantage of the information that's already there, and you can then use that to sort or filter your photographs in some pretty interesting ways.
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