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Getting a quick overview of photos with Grid view

From: Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

Video: Getting a quick overview of photos with Grid view

My general approach to reviewing images in Lightroom, is to do that in two stages. First I do a general review of the images, and then I do a more detailed review, looking at each image all by itself. Let's take a look at that more general overview review that I start with. The first step is to choose the images that I actually want to review, in this case that's a particular folder that contains some images. So I'll click on that folder, so that I can view those images, and I'll also make sure that I'm in the grid view. I want to be able to see all of the images at once. Because I'm really focusing on the images at this point, I also generally prefer to hide all of the panels.

Getting a quick overview of photos with Grid view

My general approach to reviewing images in Lightroom, is to do that in two stages. First I do a general review of the images, and then I do a more detailed review, looking at each image all by itself. Let's take a look at that more general overview review that I start with. The first step is to choose the images that I actually want to review, in this case that's a particular folder that contains some images. So I'll click on that folder, so that I can view those images, and I'll also make sure that I'm in the grid view. I want to be able to see all of the images at once. Because I'm really focusing on the images at this point, I also generally prefer to hide all of the panels.

So, I'll press Shift+Tab to hide all four panels, all at one time. I can also adjust the thumbnail size. I want to be able to see many images at once, in this case of course I don't have all that many images in this collection. But I want to be able to see as many as I can at once while still being able to make out some minor details within the photo. But at this stage I'm really only focused on two things. I'll go ahead and adjust my thumbnail size using the slider on the toolbar at the bottom right of the preview here. My primary focus is really just to remind myself of what images are included in this group of photos.

Partly I'm just refreshing my memory. I'm reviewing which subjects I've photographed, remembering perhaps some favorite moments that'll possibly produce hopefully my favorite photos from the shoot. But I also take a look at whether or not I have subjects that are repeated. For example, you can see a clocktower here that is the exact same clocktower photograph a little bit later. It can be good to bear in mind that the same subject appears multiple times, sometimes separated by other images. That way, when you're reviewing the initial photos of the subject, you know there are other options coming up fairly soon.

At this stage if any of the images seem especially problematic, then I might delete those photos. If an image was grossly underexposed, for example, or is clearly completely out of focus, then I might select that image, and then press Delete on the keyboard. When I do so, I have the option to delete the image from disk or simply remove it from Lightroom. My feeling is, if I want to remove the image from Lightroom, I probably don't want it cluttering up my hard drive, and possibly causing confusion.

I don't want to have images out there, that are not being managed by Lightroom. So if I'm really unhappy with an image, so unhappy that I can tell even from a thumbnail that the image is not worth keeping. Then I would usually use the Delete from disk option. In this case though, none of the images seemed to be that problematic, and so I'll just click the Cancel button. I don't need to delete any of the images here. And now I have a pretty good sense of which images are included from this photo shoot, so I think I'm ready to go about a more detailed review of the photos.

I'll go ahead, press Shift+Tab again to get back to my overall view of the photos, and I'm finished at this point with my initial basic review of the images.

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Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

45 video lessons · 1015 viewers

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  1. 1m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
  2. 44m 45s
    1. Library module overview
      3m 20s
    2. Preferences for image management
      10m 6s
    3. Catalog settings
      7m 57s
    4. Catalog backup settings
      2m 22s
    5. Backing up with Export
      2m 56s
    6. Working with the Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    7. Grid view display options
      6m 37s
    8. Loupe view display options
      3m 19s
    9. Working with multiple catalogs
      2m 47s
  3. 27m 50s
    1. Folder structure considerations
      3m 20s
    2. Importing existing images
      6m 53s
    3. Importing new images
      9m 36s
    4. Importing subsequent images
      4m 4s
    5. Using tethered capture
      3m 57s
  4. 28m 54s
    1. Locating images to review
      4m 10s
    2. Getting a quick overview of photos with Grid view
      3m 7s
    3. Reviewing images in detail with Loupe view
      4m 11s
    4. Zooming and panning in images
      4m 19s
    5. Using Compare view
      6m 16s
    6. Using Survey view
      3m 42s
    7. Working with videos
      3m 9s
  5. 1h 8m
    1. Configuring the toolbar
      3m 8s
    2. Picking and rejecting photos with flags
      6m 30s
    3. Assigning star ratings to photos
      5m 39s
    4. Configuring color labels
      3m 20s
    5. Using color labels to identify images
      5m 13s
    6. Auto-advancing during image review
      2m 56s
    7. Working with image stacks
      4m 33s
    8. The Quick Collection
      3m 52s
    9. Using collections to organize photos
      5m 21s
    10. Using Smart Collections
      5m 33s
    11. Basic metadata updates
      5m 8s
    12. Adding keywords to photos
      4m 35s
    13. Using the Painter tool
      3m 13s
    14. Synchronizing metadata
      2m 53s
    15. Writing metadata to images
      3m 17s
    16. Correcting capture time
      2m 51s
  6. 35m 49s
    1. Setting image sort order
      3m 54s
    2. Catalogs, folders, and collections
      2m 30s
    3. Basic image filtering
      4m 32s
    4. Advanced image filtering with the Library Filter
      8m 3s
    5. Locking the Library Filter
      2m 47s
    6. Finding images on the map
      9m 54s
    7. Dealing with offline images
      4m 9s

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