Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Star ratings, part of Bridge CC for Photographers.
One of the most common tools for identifying favorite images is the Star Rating. We can rate our images between one star and five stars to identify which images are the best. The overall concept, of course, is very simple. If an image doesn't have a star rating, that probably means that you simply haven't evaluated the image yet. If an image has a five star rating, it means it's one of your very best images. One that you're most likely going to want to share with others, for example. And typically, a one star rating would mean the image is not very good. But here's my thought about star ratings.
If an image is not very good, it's probably not worth assigning a star rating at all. You're never going to be looking for your not so good images, so why have a one star rating reflect a not so good image? Instead, I recommend that you utilize a one star rating as indicating an image is worth keeping, possibly worth using. Not one of your best images, but not a bad image, either. I also suggest that you consider a multi-step approach to assigning star ratings. Soon after capturing new images, the experience is fresh in your mind, and you're probably feeling really good about the experience and your photos.
And as a result, you're going to be a little more biased than usual about reviewing those images. At least, I find that I am. And so, you might see an image and say wow, this is just a great photo. The zebra here was looking right at me and the stripes look so good, and you think this image needs to have a five star rating. But later, when the experience isn't quite so fresh in your mind, you may realize that there are some shortcomings to this image. And while it's one that you might like and you might be happy with, it certainly is not a five star image. Therefore, the approach I recommend with star ratings is just start off by only assigning a one star rating to images that you think are worth keeping or worth working on.
After you've gone through that process, all of the images that you're likely to utilize will have a one star rating. And those that are not likely to be used won't have a star rating at all. You could then, delete those images if you wanted to, or just simply leave them as they are because you can very easily filter images based on a star rating. Then, a little bit later, maybe a few days, maybe a week or two, depending on what sort of deadlines you might be facing, you can go back and review the images again. Upgrading some of your images from that particular shoot to a two-star or maybe three-star rating. I recommend saving the four and five star ratings for images that you've already optimized, maybe shown to others and gotten some feedback on. That way, you're really making sure that only your very best images get a four of five star rating.
To assign those star ratings, you can simply press a number on the keyboard. Pressing the 1 key on the keyboard will add a one star rating, 2 adds a two star rating, and so on, all the way up to five stars. If you want to remove a star rating from an image, you can simply press the 0 key to set 0 stars as the rating. So, perhaps I'll go through my images and assign one star to the images that I like. Simply pressing the number 1 on the keyboard. I think this one is kind of cute as well, and this one looks interesting, this one maybe not so much, that one I don't really care for, that one I like, etcetera.
Then later I can come back and decide which images should be upgraded. Maybe I decide this deserves two stars, for example. And maybe this one gets a three star rating. And then, after I've had some time to work with my images and maybe get feedback from others, then I might even come back and assign a four or five star rating to some of my very favorite images. In addition to using the keyboard shortcuts, we can also assign a star rating on the Label menu. You'll see that we have a one star through five star indication. We can also increase or decrease the rating.
So, a five star image could become a four star image by decreasing the rating. Or, a three star image could become a four star image by increasing the rating. But I typically find that I simply want to assign a specific value to a specific image. And so, I'll tend to just use the number keys on the keyboard to assign those star ratings. As you can see, the process of assigning star ratings is relatively straightforward. And using star ratings can be very helpful in terms of identifying your favorite images. And also, sort of stack ranking multiple images against one another, so that you can see which images are stronger than others, for example. But in my mind, star ratings represent a simple and very clear method of assigning a ranking to each of your photos.
- Downloading images
- Using workspaces
- Navigating among photos
- Rotating images
- Rejecting and deleting photos
- Using Review mode
- Batch renaming
- Working with metadata
- Sorting, searching, and filtering
- Presenting photos as a slideshow