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In this course, author and digital imaging expert Tim Grey teaches you how to use the Library module in Adobe Lightroom 4 to manage your images, ensuring that you'll always be able to find any image you need, when you need it. Learn how to make full use of the Import feature, sort and organize your images, add keywords and otherwise identify key images, filter and search images, create backups, and much more. Plus, get lots of tips on configuring the Lightroom interface to suit the way you work, making everything you do faster and easier.
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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