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Working with flags, stars, and labels

From: Lightroom 5 Essentials: 02 Managing Images with the Library Module

Video: Working with flags, stars, and labels

In this movie, we'll focus in on how we can rate and rank our photographs using flags, stars, and color labels. Because, you know, one of the things that happens to us often as photographers is that we capture a lot of photographs. We'll often capture images which we really like. We'll also capture images which we don't really like. We'll create great photographs and we'll create bad photographs. And this is something that we all do. So we need some sort of a system, which allows us to rate and rank our photographs. And in Lightroom we can do that by adding flags, stars, and labels.

Working with flags, stars, and labels

In this movie, we'll focus in on how we can rate and rank our photographs using flags, stars, and color labels. Because, you know, one of the things that happens to us often as photographers is that we capture a lot of photographs. We'll often capture images which we really like. We'll also capture images which we don't really like. We'll create great photographs and we'll create bad photographs. And this is something that we all do. So we need some sort of a system, which allows us to rate and rank our photographs. And in Lightroom we can do that by adding flags, stars, and labels.

Eventually we can take advantage of this so that we can then filter and find the keepers. Let's similarly start to focus in on how we can rate or rank our pictures. In the toolbar in order to show these options right here, go ahead and click on this icon. And turn on or click on the selection for flagging, rating, and color label. After you've done that, you'll see these three fields here. Now, here, you can see I have a photograph visible. This comes from the folder, Beach Family. These are some pictures that I captured of some family/friends down at the beach. And I just have a whole slew of pictures here. You can scroll through your photographs by pressing your arrow keys.

Here, I'll tape the right arrow key in order to move through these pictures. In doing that you can see that I have some pictures which are similar, and some that are a little bit different. And what you might want to do is come across a photograph and perhaps you want to rate or label or rank that picture. Let's look at how we can do that. First, we have the option of flagging. Flagging is a way to sort of say hey this image is a select photograph or this is one that I am picking. This is one that I like. To add a flag just click on the flag icon here. Notice that when I move off that image the other image doesn't have any of these criteria attached to it. When we move back, we can see that this image has this flag attached to it. To remove a flag well, we can just click on this icon here. We can also reject an image by clicking here.

Now you may want to do that for those photographs where your exposure is just completely off. It's horrible. We'll talk more about rejecting our pictures later. But here I just want to highlight that we can do that by simply clicking on one of these icons. Alright, well next we have some criteria which allow us to add star rating. This is something that I use on almost every photograph that I have in my Lightroom library. Here you can rate your images based on zero to five star rating. Zero is obviously nothing, or you can click on one star to say, you know what, this image is okay, but it isn't great. Or maybe you want to elevate it a bit to three stars, well just click on the three star rating there.

In this way you can see that we have the star rating now attached to this picture. Later we can take advantage of that. And we can say hey Light Room, just show you the images which have a four star rating. And that way you can quickly whittle those down to the keeper. So you can really focus in on your best photographs. Alright well next we have a system which allows us to add color labels. Here you can see we have all of these various colors. Now what I've found that most do is they kind of have a system in their own mind. In other words, they say, you know what? The red label, that's for those photographs that I want to print. Or maybe that's the label that I want to use when I want to post something on my blog or include it in my portfolio or whatever it is. So let's just say for the sake of argument our red label is the label that we've decided to add to photographs that we really want to make a print of. So in this case, I want to add a red label to this photograph. To do that, I'll just click on that little icon there. To remove that label, again we can just click in order to add or remove this. And as you see as we navigate away from the photograph and then come back, all of this information, well it stays attached to this picture. And here we're encountering one of the advantages of working with Lightroom, because this allows us to really quickly and easily rate and rank our photographs. And eventually, as I mentioned we can then take advantage of this, so we can really focus in on the best pictures that we have in this set. Alright well there you have it, there are a few techniques that we can use in order to add flags, stars, and labels.

Let's go ahead and continue to talk about how we can work with these, and let's do that in the next movie.

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  1. 2m 32s
    1. Welcome
      1m 54s
    2. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 22m 0s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      3m 52s
    2. Adding flags, stars, and labels more quickly
      5m 10s
    3. Using Auto Advance to speed up rating photos
      4m 44s
    4. Rating and ranking groups of photos
      1m 50s
    5. Rating and ranking in the Grid and full-screen modes
      4m 5s
    6. Quickly delete rejected photos
      2m 19s
  3. 14m 0s
    1. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 44s
    2. Filtering by still photos, virtual copies, and video files
      1m 51s
    3. Filtering by text, metadata, and file type
      3m 3s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 30s
    5. Stacking photos into groups
      2m 52s
  4. 18m 14s
    1. What is a collection?
      2m 36s
    2. Creating a collection to group images together
      4m 35s
    3. Creating targeted collections
      2m 50s
    4. Using Quick Collections
      2m 42s
    5. Using Smart Collections
      5m 31s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Overview of the new Map module
      2m 47s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 21s
    3. Creating saved locations
      4m 41s
  6. 11m 10s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      4m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 58s
    3. Making incremental adjustments to images
      2m 33s
  7. 15m 54s
    1. Playing video in Lightroom
      2m 40s
    2. Trimming a video
      3m 47s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 21s
    4. Setting the poster frame
      1m 54s
    5. Capturing a still image from a video
      2m 12s
  8. 11m 1s
    1. Exporting to a hard drive
      3m 29s
    2. Publishing to a hard drive
      4m 18s
    3. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 14s
  9. 18m 55s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Using Fast Load DNG
      5m 0s
    3. Saving size with Lossy DNG
      6m 23s
  10. 27m 56s
    1. Adding keywords
      6m 3s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 35s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      2m 13s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      3m 4s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 24s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 36s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      4m 1s
  11. 31m 0s
    1. External editing preferences
      4m 23s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      6m 15s
    3. Editing an original TIFF or PSD
      4m 30s
    4. Editing an original JPEG
      5m 36s
    5. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPEG file in Photoshop
      4m 3s
    6. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      3m 16s
    7. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      2m 57s
  12. 27m 40s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      5m 51s
    2. Exporting photographs with previously used settings
      1m 32s
    3. Creating and using exporting presets
      3m 45s
    4. Emailing photographs from Lightroom
      6m 40s
    5. Using Publish Services to export photographs to a folder
      5m 16s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      4m 36s
  13. 40s
    1. Next steps
      40s

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