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An evaluative-collection workflow

From: Lightroom 4 Essentials: 01 Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module

Video: An evaluative-collection workflow

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.

An evaluative-collection workflow

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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  1. 2m 1s
    1. Welcome
      1m 1s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 0s
  2. 13m 33s
    1. The broad Photoshop Lightroom overview
      3m 52s
    2. The photographic workflow puzzle
      3m 45s
    3. Why use Photoshop Lightroom?
      5m 56s
  3. 30m 18s
    1. The Photoshop Lightroom interface
      5m 21s
    2. Using the interface shortcuts
      4m 57s
    3. Working with panels
      4m 24s
    4. Customizing the identity plate and module pickers
      5m 49s
    5. Customizing interface elements
      5m 5s
    6. Creating a custom panel end mark
      3m 45s
    7. Using module tips
      57s
  4. 36m 32s
    1. Importing images and looking at file formats
      5m 27s
    2. Importing preferences
      3m 13s
    3. Introducing the Import dialog
      5m 10s
    4. Setting catalog preferences and import and preview options
      5m 38s
    5. Importing from a folder
      4m 2s
    6. Importing photos from a CF card
      10m 22s
    7. Creating an import preset
      2m 40s
  5. 11m 37s
    1. Drag-and-drop importing
      2m 8s
    2. Auto-importing from a watched folder
      4m 48s
    3. Importing from iPhoto or Aperture
      4m 41s
  6. 9m 36s
    1. Introducing tethered capture
      3m 47s
    2. Working with tethered capture
      2m 55s
    3. Considering color management with tethered capture
      2m 54s
  7. 24m 21s
    1. Introducing catalogs
      3m 12s
    2. Demystifying catalogs by way of comparison
      3m 34s
    3. Optimizing and backing up catalogs
      6m 13s
    4. Importing and updating legacy catalogs
      6m 38s
    5. Exporting a catalog
      3m 53s
    6. Learning more about catalogs
      51s
  8. 41m 51s
    1. Working in the Grid and Loupe views
      2m 14s
    2. Navigating and zooming
      4m 47s
    3. Customizing the Grid and Loupe views
      5m 14s
    4. Customizing the Filmstrip
      3m 17s
    5. Comparing two images
      5m 23s
    6. Surveying two or more images
      3m 15s
    7. Working with folders and files
      4m 2s
    8. Deleting and removing images from folders
      3m 1s
    9. Working with multiple hard drives
      8m 2s
    10. Dual-monitor support
      2m 36s
  9. 30m 25s
    1. Working with flags, stars, and labels
      5m 20s
    2. Adding ratings with the Painter tool
      3m 32s
    3. Filtering by flag, stars, and labels
      3m 58s
    4. A filtering workflow
      5m 54s
    5. Filtering by file type
      1m 54s
    6. Filtering by type and metadata
      3m 22s
    7. Sorting photos
      1m 58s
    8. Stacking photos into groups
      4m 27s
  10. 21m 51s
    1. Using Smart Collections
      4m 7s
    2. Using Quick Collections
      2m 25s
    3. What is a collection?
      3m 39s
    4. Working with collections
      3m 22s
    5. Going further with collections
      3m 17s
    6. An evaluative-collection workflow
      5m 1s
  11. 12m 23s
    1. Overviewing the new Map module
      2m 32s
    2. Tagging images with locations
      3m 46s
    3. Creating saved locations
      6m 5s
  12. 10m 44s
    1. Using Quick Develop
      3m 39s
    2. Synchronizing settings
      3m 12s
    3. Making incremental adjustments
      3m 53s
  13. 31m 41s
    1. Playing video in Photoshop Lightroom
      3m 50s
    2. Trimming a video
      4m 11s
    3. Editing the color and tone of a video
      5m 2s
    4. Using presets to edit the color and tone of a video
      1m 49s
    5. Setting the poster frame
      1m 35s
    6. Capturing a still image from a video
      3m 9s
    7. Exporting to a hard drive
      2m 37s
    8. Publishing to a hard drive
      3m 35s
    9. Publishing video to Facebook
      3m 18s
    10. Publishing video to Flickr
      2m 35s
  14. 17m 11s
    1. Why use DNG?
      7m 32s
    2. Converting to DNG and the Embed Fast Load Data option
      3m 45s
    3. Reducing file size with the lossy compressed DNG
      5m 54s
  15. 22m 39s
    1. Adding keywords
      3m 33s
    2. Creating and using keyword sets
      3m 6s
    3. Synchronizing keywords
      1m 58s
    4. Keywording with the Painter tool
      1m 29s
    5. Working with the Metadata panel
      4m 44s
    6. Adding copyright metadata with a template
      4m 23s
    7. Filtering photographs based on metadata
      3m 26s
  16. 27m 34s
    1. External editing preferences
      5m 14s
    2. Editing raw photos in Photoshop
      4m 43s
    3. Editing an original TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      3m 40s
    4. Editing a modified TIFF, PSD, or JPG file in Photoshop
      4m 44s
    5. Opening an image as a Smart Object in Photoshop
      4m 34s
    6. Including multiple images in Photoshop as layers
      4m 39s
  17. 29m 1s
    1. Exporting photographs to a hard drive, CD, or DVD
      4m 44s
    2. Publishing to a folder
      4m 5s
    3. Using exporting presets
      4m 51s
    4. Emailing photographs from Photoshop Lightroom
      5m 34s
    5. Exporting to Adobe Revel
      3m 39s
    6. Uploading photos to Facebook and Flickr
      6m 8s
  18. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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