Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Filtering photos, part of Lightroom 3 New Features.
In this movie, I want to talk a little bit about filtering and sorting and rating and finding photographs. A lot of times after we import our photos into Lightroom, the next step is to begin to add star rating or labels or flags, so that we can begin to determine which images we actually want to work with. If I go ahead and double-click on one of these, you can see that these are some photos of my mom and dad at our home in Santa Barbara. What I am going to do is use the arrow keys to scroll through these images so I am using the right arrow key. Now, this isn't new to Lightroom 3 but eventually, it's going to get to something that's new.
First, I'll like to get a feel for the set of images and then I go back and I say, okay, I'll give this one a one-star rating. This one a one star. I'll like this one. Again, I am just adding a one- star rating by pressing the 1 key. I'll go ahead and do that on a few photos. Next, what I typically want to do is just see the photos that have a rating. Now, we can add stars by pressing 1-5. We can add labels by pressing 6-9, or we can flag our images by pressing P for Pick, U for Unpick, or X for reject.
Now, in this particular case, I am just using stars to keep it simple. Well, what I want to do is I want to begin to filter based on a particular setting or a particular rating. Well, I can do that by pressing a shortcut key. It's a great shortcut key to know. It's the Backslash key. When I press the Backslash key, it opens up my Library filtering. It also took this to the Grid View mode here and my Grid View mode is pretty minimal. I can't really see if I have any ratings. Down in my filmstrip, sure, I can see the stars, but up here I can't. So, if you ever need to change the views of your grid, press the J key.
The J key will toggle through the different views. In this case, I am just going to turn it on so I can see the ones with the one-star rating there. On to the filtering. In this particular case, I am going to go to Attribute. What I want to do is filter based on one star. Well, now that I've done that we can see all the images with the one-star rating. Well, I can turn this filtering on and off a couple of different ways. I can flip on this toggle switch, off or on. I can also change that toggle switch by way of shortcut. On a Mac, this is Command+L; on a PC, it's Ctrl+L. Think of L for Library Filters.
Well, next, I decide to go to this other folder, beach, and here we have some images of my family if I double-click one. I am going to give this one a one-star rating and this one a one-star rating as well. Then I am going to press the Backslash key and I am going to go to Attribute and say, "hey, just show me the images with the one-star rating." Well, then I decide it would be really nice to go to this mom and dad folder and see the photos with the one-star rating as well. But when I go there, by default, it turns my filtering off. Well, new to Lightroom 3, which is phenomenal, is the ability to lock our filtering.
So, if I lock the filtering down and navigate between two folders, check this out. So, if I go ahead and turn this on at one star, lock it, and then I go ahead and navigate to beach, what's going to happens is it's going to remember whatever attribute I had defined previously or for that matter whatever text or metadata I've defined, and it's going to apply that to the filtering criteria when I go to a new location. So, again, this lock feature is brand-new. Now, there's another thing that's new as well. This is a little hidden feature. It's small, but if you navigate to the Metadata field here, I'll go ahead and turn off Attribute for a second.
You'll notice that one of the fields that we have here in our pulldown menu is Flash State. This Flash State again is brand-new to Lightroom 3. It's really helpful especially when you are creating images where the flash is super important. Let's say you're at a wedding. It's dark. You can then sort your images based on Flash State and in this case, I wasn't using the flash at all. But I could say show me the images where the flash didn't fire. You know those photographs, right? Completely dark, completely useless. You can then delete all those images. Or show me the images that did fire.
I'll hope that that will help out in your rating, ranking, sorting and filtering of your photographs in Lightroom 3.
- Importing and managing photos and video clips
- Improving efficiency with enhanced collections
- Applying sharpening and noise reduction
- Mastering the enhanced adjustment brush, graduated filter, and vignette features
- Improving images with the Point Tone Curve
- Adding audio to slideshows
- Creating custom print packages
- Importing on-the-fly with tethered shooting
- Publishing photos to Flickr
- Publishing to a smart folder and smart photoset
- Upgrading Lightroom 2 catalogs and working with legacy images
- Making and working with creative watermarks