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Using Compare view

From: Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

Video: Using Compare view

I often find that I photograph the same subject numerous times. Sometimes with very little difference between the photos, and sometimes with a fairly significant difference. But in those types of situations, I very often have a little bit of a difficult time trying to decide which of a group of images is my favorite, which one I'd like to work with for example. One of the ways that we can make that process a little bit easier is with the Compare View in Lightroom. For example, I have some images that I photographed of an office building using a little bit of a zoom technique a couple of times, and then using a panning technique.

Using Compare view

I often find that I photograph the same subject numerous times. Sometimes with very little difference between the photos, and sometimes with a fairly significant difference. But in those types of situations, I very often have a little bit of a difficult time trying to decide which of a group of images is my favorite, which one I'd like to work with for example. One of the ways that we can make that process a little bit easier is with the Compare View in Lightroom. For example, I have some images that I photographed of an office building using a little bit of a zoom technique a couple of times, and then using a panning technique.

And I'd like to evaluate all three of them to get a sense of which is my favorite of the three. I'll go ahead and click on the first image and then I will hold the Shift key and click on the last image. And that will select all the images in between. If I need to select or deselect images in a contiguous way, in other words, not just a range of images, then I can hold the Ctrl key on Windows or the Cmd key on Macintosh, and click on an image. And that will toggle the selection of that image on or off as needed. But in this case, I have a range of three images that I would like to review. And I'm going to use the Compare View for that purpose. You can click on the Compare View button on the toolbar below the image preview area, or you can press the letter C on your keyboard. When you do so, you'll be taken into the compare view. As you can see, I'm viewing two images side by side but they're both looking rather small and that's because I have all of these panels displayed. So, I'm also going to press Shift+Tab in order to hide all of the panels. The concept behind the Compare View is that we have a select image, the image that we're currently considering to be our best, so to speak, and the candidate image, the image that we're comparing to that select image, in order to decide which image we like better.

In other words, at any time, we're only comparing two images to decide between those two, which one we like better. It can sometimes be helpful to have a filmstrip displayed when working in compare view, so I'll go ahead and click to bring back that filmstrip. Notice that I have three images selected, the image with the white diamond is my current select image and the image with the black diamond is my current candidate image. In this case, since it's only three images, I essentially will have one select and two potential candidates. So, at this point I'm ready to decide.

Do I like the image on the left, the current select, or the image on the right, the candidate image? Which one is better in my view? And I think I prefer the image over on the left, the current select image, and so, I can move on to a different candidate image. If I had decided that I preferred this candidate but maybe I'm not quite 100% sure, I could also switch back and forth between these two images. In other words, flip flop the candidate and select images. In some ways this is a little bit silly. I'm switching them back and forth in position.

But sometimes you might find that switching them back an forth helps you in your decision making process. But in this case, I don't want to keep the candidate. I want to move on to a different candidate. And so, I can use my arrow buttons, the left and right arrows buttons, to navigate between these selected images. Note that currently I'm on the last image as my candidate. We can see the black triangle is on the right-most of the selected images. And so, I want to navigate to the left, to the previous image. I'll click the left arrow button. And now we can see that I have a new candidate.

And this one looks interesting, a little bit of an explosive look to this image versus the less abstract image on the left. If I decided that I like the candidate better and I want to completely replace the select image, and then move on to a new candidate, I can click the button to replace the select image with the current candidate. So, I'll go ahead and click to make my candidate image, the select image. You can see now I've moved on to a different candidate. I can continue navigating among my candidate images, until I've settled on a final select. In this case, though, I actually think I like this image better than the one that is currently selected.

So, I will switch to that image as my select. And then I could continue, if I needed to, to navigate among my images. Obviously, in this case with only three images being compared, it's not exactly a difficult process. But even with a large number of images, the process is much the same and relatively straightforward. If you need to take a closer look at the images while you are comparing them and this is specially helpful, by the way, if we're dealing with images of the exact same subject. We can zoom in on our images as we need to.

I'll go ahead and zoom, for example, you can see that both images are zooming equally. And if I pan across one of the images, both images will also pan. And that's because I have that view locked. If I unlock, I can move one of the images around without affecting the other image. But then, if need be, I can click the Sync button to get them both lined up again. But generally speaking, especially if it is a photo of the same subject or two photos of the same subject, I will lock both of them, so that I'm panning around the same area. In this case, of course, the images are reasonably close to each other but a little bit different as well.

And so, locking is not really going to make much of a difference. I'll go ahead, though, and zoom back out, so we can see the entirety of the image here. And at this point, I think I've found my Select image. I'm perfectly happy with this image. I think it's the best of the three that I'm comparing. And so, now, I will click the Done button. And at that point, I'm returned to the Loupe View and only the final select image is actually selected on the filmstrip, as you can see. And that is part of the value of the Compare View, is that we're able to select multiple images, compare them, and then finally, settle on, on just a single image.

So, even if I had selected a wide range of images that were spread far across that film script, I would have no trouble finding the selected image because it becomes the active selection. And of course, once I've identified an image, that's my favorite among a group of similar images, I can then proceed to work on this image, share it with others, update metadata, et cetera.

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Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop

45 video lessons · 1015 viewers

Tim Grey
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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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