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Focal length filtering and Smart Collections

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Video: Focal length filtering and Smart Collections

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.

Focal length filtering and Smart Collections

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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Lightroom 3 New Features

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  1. 14m 41s
    1. Welcome
      1m 26s
    2. Comparing Lightroom 2 with Lightroom 3
      12m 27s
    3. Using the exercise files
      48s
  2. 20m 32s
    1. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 54s
    2. Importing photos and movies from a CF card
      6m 31s
    3. Adding and importing photos from a folder
      3m 51s
    4. Synchronizing and finding missing photos
      4m 16s
  3. 34m 46s
    1. Filtering photos
      4m 0s
    2. Working with collections
      5m 1s
    3. Modifying image and thumbnail overlays
      3m 17s
    4. Crop presets and overlays
      5m 43s
    5. Using Auto Sync
      5m 33s
    6. Working with movies
      7m 13s
    7. Using Smart Collections for video files
      2m 10s
    8. Focal length filtering and Smart Collections
      1m 49s
  4. 19m 10s
    1. Setting up Flickr publishing services
      3m 47s
    2. Uploading photos to Flickr
      3m 4s
    3. Publishing to a Flickr Photoset
      3m 56s
    4. Publishing to a folder
      5m 11s
    5. Publishing to a Smart Folder or Smart Photoset
      3m 12s
  5. 1h 1m
    1. How sharpening works in Lightroom 3
      4m 48s
    2. Introducing noise reduction
      4m 45s
    3. Applying sharpening and noise reduction
      8m 23s
    4. Adding a grain effect
      4m 31s
    5. Using the Collections panel
      5m 42s
    6. The Adjustment Brush
      5m 48s
    7. The Graduated filter
      2m 10s
    8. Adding a vignette
      5m 45s
    9. Improvements to the Crop tool
      1m 59s
    10. Quickly changing crop orientation
      1m 40s
    11. Understanding the Point Tone Curve
      3m 10s
    12. Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
      4m 2s
    13. Using the Lens Correction controls
      5m 46s
    14. Enhancing images with Lens Correction
      3m 6s
  6. 5m 16s
    1. Adding audio to a slideshow
      5m 16s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Introducing the custom print package
      3m 42s
    2. Working with the custom print package
      7m 31s
  8. 8m 46s
    1. Introducing tethered shooting
      2m 12s
    2. Working with tethered shooting
      6m 34s
  9. 7m 41s
    1. Optimizing and backing up a catalog
      2m 49s
    2. Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs
      2m 13s
    3. Working with legacy Lightroom files
      2m 39s
  10. 27m 21s
    1. New presets in the Develop, Web, and Print modules
      3m 26s
    2. Importing and working with CMYK images
      5m 55s
    3. Bonus workflow tips
      4m 51s
    4. Adding watermarks in the Print, Slideshow, and Web modules
      1m 20s
    5. Making creative watermarks
      3m 20s
    6. IPTC Extension metadata
      1m 16s
    7. Exporting by file size and with watermarks
      1m 51s
    8. Exporting collections
      3m 22s
    9. Ejecting an external hard drive
      2m 0s
  11. 1m 44s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 15s
    2. What's next
      29s

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