Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Auto-advancing during image review, part of Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop.
Lightroom enables us to rate our images using pick flags, star ratings, and color labels. For some photographers, you might want to use more than one of those. In fact, maybe you'll want to use all three of them in order to identify your images in a variety of different ways. And of course other photographers might want to use just one of those methods, only pick flags or only star ratings, for example. In other case you might find that in some situations you want to move through your images in a relatively automated way. In other words as soon as you reside on star rating, for example, you want Lightroom to automatically advance to the next image. There are two basic approaches you could take here. Let's take a look using star ratings as our examples. After evaluating this image, I might decide that perhaps it deserves a three star rating.
The position of the bird in the frame is not that great, but otherwise I like the photo, so maybe with some cropping it would be usable. I can assign a three star rating by pressing the number 3 on the keyboard. However, if instead I hold the Shift key while pressing the number 3, then not only will I assign a three star rating, but Lightroom will also automatically advance to the next image. This one looks not all that great, I think I'll just assign it a one star rating, I maybe could use it for something, but it's not the strongest in this group.
So, once again I'll give it a one star rating with the number 1 but, I will hold the Shift key while pressing 1, so that I automatically advance to the next image. This image looks pretty nice, a juvenile eagle coming in to catch a fish. The position of the frame isn't ideal but, I think maybe with cropping I can fine tune that improve the overall image. I think it's pretty strong, looks nice and sharp, I'll give it a four star rating. So I'll hold the Shift key and press the number 4, and the four star rating is assigned and I move on to the next image. I can also choose to have the auto advanced feature turned on, so that I don't need to use the Shift key.
To do so, I can go to the Photo menu and then turn on the Auto Advance feature. With this option turned on, I no longer need to hold the Shift key while assigning a star rating, color label or pick flag. So, let's assume I want to give this image a three star rating, I don't need to hold the Shift key. I can simply press the number 3 on the keyboard, and that three star rating will be assigned to the image, and Lightroom will automatically advance to the next image. I'll give this image also a three star rating. This one perhaps one star, that one two stars, maybe this one three stars, that one also three stars, you get the idea. I can simply press a single number on the keyboard, in order to assign, in this case a star rating, an then automatically advance to the next image. That Automated Advance feature, whether you use the shift key to modify the behavior of Lightroom, or turn the feature on altogether from the Photo menu, can really make it much faster to review a large number of images.
- Preferences for image management
- Catalog settings
- Backing up with Export
- Importing, reviewing, and organizing images
- Image filtering
- Locking the Library Filter
- Dealing with offline images