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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Previously we explored how we could compare two photographs. What happens if you want to compare more than two? In order to do that you need to use what's called Survey Mode. Now, in order to access Survey Mode, typically what you want to do is make a selection of images. Here I'm going to go ahead and just select all five of these photographs by clicking on one and then holding down the Shift key and clicking on another. Next let's click on the Survey icon. What that will do is it will open up all of these pictures in the Work Area. Now, depending on the constraints of how many photographs you have and the size of your monitor, it will display these images in a unique way.
For example, if I press Tab right now to hide the Panels on the left and the right, it lays these images out in a different way. Same thing could be said if I click on one of these images on the X in the bottom right-hand corner, you can see that now it's changing this display. Let's press Tab and then bring this back and you can see how it shows these images in different ways. Now, why would you want to survey your photographs? Well, this just gives you the feel for working with photographs together, creating kind of a set of pictures, seeing how images look together.
Let's try this with another group and let's use a shortcut here. I'm going to go ahead and click on this folder, Beach_Family. Next what I am going to do is I am going to select a few pictures and I am going to select these pictures from the Filmstrip. I am going to hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows and just click through the Filmstrip, and as I do this I am just thinking how will these pictures work together? Scroll along the Filmstrip here, make a couple of more selections, and then let's see what we have. Okay. Well, so far we have some photographs that are different sizes.
Let's press the Tab key. As we press the Tab key, we see this distinct layout, right? And again, we're just trying to think about how photographs might fit together. Let's get rid of a few of them. To get rid of a few, we can click on the checkbox of the X in the bottom right-hand corner, and this just gives us a sense for how photographs might work together. Let's try something else. Let's exit Survey Mode here and go back to the Grid Mode. Press the G key to do that. All right! Now, back in the Grid Mode, what I want to do is scroll down to these pictures that I have that are in the Portrait or the Vertical orientation.
Let's say that I want to bring a couple of these together. So I'll go ahead and click on them, click on one, hold down the Command key on the Mac, Ctrl key on Windows, and then click on a few others. All right, great! Next thing I want to do is I want to enter Survey Mode by way of a shortcut. To do that you can press the N key, that N key will take you to the Survey Mode. What's great about this is it gives us this ability just to quickly survey or view these images, and sometimes what it can do is it can help you come up with some creative combinations of photographs.
For example, I'll press the Tab key here to bring back my Panels so these are a little bit closer. It gives you some fun ideas about possibly combining two images together like this, having them side-by-side. So Survey is just another way to evaluate and view your pictures, because the reality of photography is this. Sometimes it is a single image which tells the story; other times perhaps it's a set of photographs, which collectively and together communicate in the most powerful way.
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