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Another new feature in Lightroom 3 has to do with how we sort of filter images based on focal length. And we can either do this as a library filter or as a Smart Collection. Let's go ahead and start off by taking a look at Smart Collections. Open up the Smart Collections panel and then open your Smart Collections folder here. Next what we want to do is click on the plus icon and choose Create Smart Collection. I'm going to go ahead and call this one 50 for 50mm. Next I'll make my way down to the collection type that I want to choose.
In this case I'll remove the rating. And rather than File Type what I want to do is choose Focal Length, and this is a new criteria field here in Smart Collections. So I'll go ahead and choose Focal Length is 50mm. And then simply click Create. Now once we do that we have this 50mm Smart Collection where we're then filtering or just viewing all of our images with that particular focal length. Now we can also do this as I mentioned with our library filters. Let me show you what I mean.
Well, here we'll go back to our photos so we're viewing everything, and then next we're going to go the Library Filter of Metadata. This allows us to search based on a number of different criteria. Well, here in this first field what I'll do is click on Date, and I'm going to change that to Focal Length. What are the abilities used to choose different types of focal lengths. Here in this case it's a showing me the different focal lengths that I have. Let's say I want to do this same 50mm. I could choose that. I could also add to that by simply holding down Command or Ctrl and then clicking on other fields, and if we ever want to change that criteria, we can simply click on a different focal length, and it will update the library filtering for us as we can see here.
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