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Locating images to review


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Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

with Tim Grey

Video: Locating images to review

A large part of organizing your images in Lightroom involves reviewing those images, so that you can evaluate the quality or how much you like the image. Find your favorites, mark images in a variety of ways for example, assigning star ratings, keywords, or other metadata. And in order to actually review your images, you need to be able to find the ones that you need to review. And there are a variety of ways you can go about that within Lightroom. In the Library module over on the left panel, you'll find several sections that allow you to determine which images you want to review. In the catalog section we can choose all photographs.
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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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Watch the Online Video Course Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop
3h 27m Beginner Mar 06, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • Preferences for image management
  • Catalog settings
  • Backing up with Export
  • Importing, reviewing, and organizing images
  • Image filtering
  • Locking the Library Filter
  • Dealing with offline images
Subjects:
Photography video2brain
Software:
Lightroom
Author:
Tim Grey

Locating images to review

A large part of organizing your images in Lightroom involves reviewing those images, so that you can evaluate the quality or how much you like the image. Find your favorites, mark images in a variety of ways for example, assigning star ratings, keywords, or other metadata. And in order to actually review your images, you need to be able to find the ones that you need to review. And there are a variety of ways you can go about that within Lightroom. In the Library module over on the left panel, you'll find several sections that allow you to determine which images you want to review. In the catalog section we can choose all photographs.

Now in this particular case, I have a catalog that I'm using just for training purposes, and I only have at the moment 71 images contained within that catalog. So it wouldn't exactly be difficult to find any particular image relatively quickly. But obviously with time, in a real world scenario, you're going to end up with a rather large number of images being managed in Lightroom. In fact, in my own Lightroom catalog I have almost a quarter of a million images being managed in Lightroom. We also have the Quick Collection.

The Quick Collection allows us to designate images essentially temporarily as being part of this collection, so that we can use those images in a variety of ways, such as sharing them through a slideshow or a web gallery. We can also access the previously imported images. The last time we used the Import command, which images were brought into Lightroom, those will be available right here. I can also navigate to a set of images based on folder structure. If I click on my primary photos location, in this case Tim Grey photos, you'll see that I have 71 photos.

Those images aren't actually contained in the Tim Grey photos folder. In fact, there are no images in the Tim Grey photos folder, all of the images are contained in sub-folders below that folder. The reason I'm able to see all images in other sub-folders by clicking on this Tim Gray Photos folder, is that on the Library menu, I have the show folders and sub-folders option turned on. If I turn that option off, you'll see that Tim Gray Photos contains zero images, but there are of course images in sub-folders underneath. I like having the option turned on to Show Photos in Sub-folders, because then I can see a cumulative count of images very, very easily in this folder structure.

But of course, generally speaking, I wouldn't want to see all of my photos, I'd want to see photos from a particular photo shoot. And so I can specify based on the folder name which images I want to review. Now of course in some cases, that can be a very long list of folders, here I only have a handful so far in this test catalog. But you might need to scroll fairly significantly to get to the specific folder full of images that you want to work with. As that list of folders gets longer, then you might start using a search function for example, to locate particular images or a folder containing images.

Scrolling down a little bit further we'll see that we have an option for collections. At the moment I've not yet created any collections, but these are essentially virtual folders. I could create a collection for a particular project, for example. Maybe I'll have a collection for a calendar project, or a book project, or a magazine article I'm working on. I could define a collection based on any criteria I like. Maybe I'll make a collection for flowers and I can put all of my favorite flower photos into that collection. We can also work with Smart Collections and these are essentially saved searches. I can specify for example, that I want to see all of my five star images in a particular folder.

I can even scroll up and choose all photographs, and then in my Smart Collections I can choose five stars, and I'll see all of the images in all folders that have a five star rating. As you can see there are a variety of basic ways that you can navigate to specific images that you want to review. And of course that's just the beginning, once you navigate to that location, you'll want to spend some time carefully reviewing those images so you can find your favorite images from a given shoot.

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