Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Locking the Library Filter, part of Lightroom 4: Image Management.
The Library Filter provides us with quite a bit of control over filtering our images and can prove very, very helpful in locating a particular photo. One of the additional options for the Library Filter is the ability to lock the Filter so that it will apply to any folder or collection, for example that you click on. I'm starting off with all photographs, I'm able to see every single photograph that is being managed by Lightroom at the moment. Let's go ahead and define a Basic Filter, I'll click on the Metadata option here. You can see that I have an existing filter established here.
Let's assume that I want to see some images that were shot at a wide focal length. But I'll take this up from a 24 millimeter all the way up to 60 millimeters, even though that's not especially wide. And we'll assume that we're looking for an image with a relatively low depth of field. And so I'll choose F8 through F6, so clicking on F4, and holding the Shift key and clicking on F6, and maybe I'd like to see images that convey a little bit of motion blur. I can click on my Shutter Speed option here and choose, let's say, 1.5 seconds all the way down to maybe as long as 1.30th of a second. Now obviously, I've defined this filter based on all photographs in this collection.
So you can see that I have a little bit of an assortment of photos here, really spanning across just two folders in this case, but I don't have very many images in this catalog at the moment. So that's not a very big surprise. The point is that I'm looking at a filter criteria that is applying to all photographs. If I switch to a different folder, I will no longer see that particular filter criteria applied. However, if I click the Lock in order to lock that filter, then if I switch to a different folder the filter will still be applied.
So in this case you can see that no photos match the filter. If I switch to a different folder, you'll see that some of the photos there do match the filter, and here in this other folder, I also have some images that match the filter. If I turn that Filter Lock off, then when I switch to a different folder, the filter will be disabled, you can see it is switched to the none option, and now I'm able to see all images in that particular folder. Obviously under different circumstances you might prefer to have the lock on or off. The point is, that if we want to, we can lock our filter criteria so that, that criteria will be used to filter any folder or collection that we click on in order to view some images. All that's left is for you to determine whether or not you want the filter to be locked or unlocked.
And of course it can be helpful to keep in mind that that option exists, just in case you forget about it and you're not getting the results that you expect with a particular filter.
- 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