Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Filters pt. 3: Metadata, part of Lightroom 2 New Features.
In this movie we'll look at how we can take advantage of the metadata filtering. It's actually pretty fascinating, so let's take a look at it. Press the G key to navigate to the Grid View mode. When I do that I notice I have my Metadata option up top, so I'll go ahead and click on that. Now at first glance, this doesn't make a lot of sense to me, and one of the reasons it doesn't make a lot of sense is because it's so crowded. So I need to minimize my interface, I'll press the Tab key. Now as I do that all of a sudden this becomes completely clear. I have these various columns, and these various columns contain different types of metadata. Now what I can do is choose different types of criteria and then filter my search based on that criteria. So let's say I want to see the images that were captured with the 16-35 mm lens. Alright well there are three of them. Let's say I want to see the images that were shot with the 50 mm lens, now there are 69 of those.
Let's say I want to see all those images that were captured on 3/15. Alright well now I can see just those files. There are a number of different ways we can use this metadata filtering to access specific files. Now some of you are thinking, well that's great, but I want more. Well Adobe was thinking ahead of you. Check this out. All you need to do is click on this plus sign and it'll add another column. In this column let's say I want to search based on aspect ratio and I want to find the images that are in the portrait orientation. How fascinating is that? I can now see all of the images shot with that particular lens, on that particular day, with that particular orientation. And there are more options, I can add another column and as you scroll through these you'll see that there are a wide range of options you can use, that you can tap into, in order to expand your capability for metadata filtering.
So as you can see metadata filtering inside of Lightroom 2 is actually quite strong.
- Using the Text, Refine, and Metadata filters to organize and access images
- Managing an image library with the Catalog panel, folders, and collections
- Designing slideshow presentations
- Exploring the enhanced Split Toning tool
- Using the improved sharpening and detail features
- Printing high-quality images