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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.
Now that we have a good working and understanding of collections, what I want to do here is discuss how we can use collections in order to evaluate and review our photographs. In a sense, kind of go through a little bit of a photographic workflow and using collections in order to find or to evaluate the pictures. The photographs we'll be working on you can find in our Exercise Files folder, Photos and then Narrative Photography and Jared. I'm going to go ahead and add these all to a collection. So let's click on the first image, hold down the Shift key then click on the last image, and in the Collections panel let's create our collection.
Here we'll go ahead and click Create Collection. I'm going to just name these "JM-R1." So this is standing for Jared Mason the person who's been photographed in round 1. I want to include these selected photos and then click Create. Well, over here in the Collections panel you can see now all of those images were added to this collection. Now, this is really typical to what I do when I first start to review a photo shoot. I take all the images I think are somewhat usable and I put them in what's called a round 1 folder.
Of course, I probably want to include this in some sort of a collection set. So, I'm going to go ahead and create a Collection Set and the Collection Set I'm going to name here is just "Shoot-NY" (New York). I want this to be at the main level, so I'll click Create, and then I'm going to drag this collection into it. So, this would be a way to organize say all of the photo shoots I've done in New York City or something like that. Next, what you can do is you can start to kind of elevate the photographs that you like best.
Let's take a look at these. So, here I'm going to double-click this one to zoom-in and then just use my Arrow keys to kind of scroll through the pictures. A lot of times what you try to do is just get familiar with your photographs. You're just kind of looking at them and saying, okay, well, what pictures do I like here? Well, now that I've looked at them I would then go back a second time. Now, let's start to add some sort of a rating. One star for this one, maybe one here, one there, this one two, two as well, and then a couple of more two stars for a few of these pictures, again either two or one star based on how I like the picture.
Well, now that I've done that I want a filter based on the star rating. We've done this before, right? So here what we can do is we could turn on the filtering and say, well, just show me the two star images. Okay, well, I now have this set of two-star photographs. I'm going to select all of those. Click and then Shift+Click. You could do this in the filmstrip or you could do it in the Grid view. Now that I have these selects here, the ones that I like more than the others, I'm going to create another collection.
Click on the Plus (+) icon, create a collection, I'll call this one "JM-R2" for round 2. I want this one to be inside of a collection set just the "Shoot-NY" (New York) there and I'll include the selected photos and click Create. So now I have this kind of criteria, right? I have round 1; just the first images that I think are good, round 2 the images that I think are a little bit better, and you can see how you could continue with this, right? Within this photo-shoot so to speak you could have these different groupings of the photographs.
Now the nice thing about this is that you don't have to always turn on or off the filtering, you can just simply look, click in a folder and say, hey, here's my round 2, here's my round 1 and then here're other collections I have as well from this set. For example, in almost all photo-shoots I'll have a collection which is going to be prints. Which photographs do I want to print? Well here I might select a couple. Let's say I want to print these two pictures. I would then go to my Collection panel, create a collection. I want this inside of that NY (New York) one, I'll just name this out "Print" and I'll include those selected photographs.
So you can see that we have a little bit of the structure, and if you can create a structure, which you can then replicate on every photo-shoot, it can be just immensely helpful. You can kind of imagine this, right? Because what you can then do is you can then go to your Collections and you can simply click through them in order to find the good images or to find the images you need to deliver to the client or in order to kind of look for photographs that you may want to include in your portfolio. It gives you this kind of built-in way in order to organize your pictures.
So what a lot of Lightroom users do is they use Collections, one to kind of group photographs perhaps based on subject like we did up here. They also will group their photographs in other ways, maybe to evaluate them or to find the keepers, to find those photographs which work best. And then the thing that you want to keep in mind here is I'm just trying to give you a few ideas what you'll want to do, is come up with a way to use Collections, which really maximizes the way that you work and that helps you get the most out of your own photographic workflow.
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