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- What is Lightroom used for?
- Importing photos and videos
- Organizing your library with collections
- Adding keywords and ratings to photos
- Cropping and straightening photos
- Adjusting color and white balance
- Reducing digital noise
- Working with video
- Making changes with the Adjustment Brush and Graduated Filter tools
- Sharing photos on Facebook
- Printing photos
Skill Level Beginner
One of the first things you'll do after a shoot is to review and evaluate your photos. The Library module offers rating tools along with a couple of special views; compare view, and survey view, to help you do that. The trick is having a workflow that uses those features well. So, in this movie I'll walk you through a suggested workflow. The first thing I'll do is select a photo here in Grid view and I'll take it into Loupe view by double-clicking the photo. I'll go through the photos in Loupe view one by one. Before I do, I want to press the Shift+Tab key to make the columns and the bars on the top go away so I have more room to see the photos.
So, I'll evaluate this photo and I don't think I really like this one. So, I'm going to give it a Black flag. This is just a marker, it's not deleting the photo. And I can add a Black flag from the toolbar at the bottom of the screen. If you don't see any black flags there, you can add those to the Toolbar by going to this arrow and choosing To Add Flagging and at the same time I'm going to add Color labels because I might use those later. So, I've marked this photo but you can't see the flag on the photo. You will see it however, when we go back to Grid View.
Now, I'll press the Left Arrow on my keyboard and that will take me back one photo. I don't like this one either so it gets a Black flag, too. And I'll press the Left Arrow again. Now, this photo is somewhere in between, I don't dislike it but I don't love it either, so I'm going to leave it without a flag. This photo again, no flag. This photo, no flag. This photo I really like, so I'm going to give it a White flag, a Pick flag. Again, you don't see the flag here but you will in Grid view. I like this photo too, I'll give it a Pick flag, Left Arrow.
This is a middling one, I'll leave it without a flag. I do like this one, I'll give it a Pick flag. I do like this one, Pick flag. No flag. Now, at this point, I know that I have a series of photos that are very similar. So, I'm going to leave this Loupe view, going back to Grid view by pressing the Grid View icon or G on my keyboard. And here I have my series of photos that are similar. They are all of lavender columbines. So, I've got one photo selected. I'll hold the Shift key and I'll click on this one so all five of these are selected.
And now I'm going to use that other view, Survey view, which I can access from this icon at the bottom of the Image window. I'll click that and that brings up just those selected photos side by side soI really can compare them and see which I like best and the answer is clear to me right off the bat. It's this one here so. I'm going to move over this photo. That brings up a Pick and Reject flag underneath it. I'll click on the Pick Flag. The rest of these are kind of middling for me so I leave those without a flag.
If there are too many here to make a decision, I can drop one or more out of the mix just to make it easier to see the other photos by moving over a photo and clicking the X. So, now I'm going to go back to Grid view by clicking the Grid View icon again. So, at this point I have a few photos with a White flag, I have some photos with a Black flag and a number of photos in between. I'd like to see just the photos to which I gave the White flag. I'll press the Backslash key on my keyboard and that brings up the Library Filter bar. I'll click on the Attribute Filters.
The three flag filters on the Attribute bar are On-Off toggle switches. All three of my flag filters are currently toggled to the On position. So at the moment we can see all my photos. Those I've marked with Black flags, with White flags, and with no flags. Here, I'm going to click on this Black flag to hide the black-flagged photos and then I'll click on the Gray flag and that will hide all of those photos that have no flag at all and now I can see just my photos with the White flag and I'll make those bigger.
And yes, I really do like these. Now, let's say that I need to pick the best of the best and I just can't do it when I'm looking at all of them at once, they are too distracting. In that case I might use yet another view, Compare View. Here's how that works. I have the first photo here selected. I'll go down to Compare View, which is this icon in the Toolbar, and click. Now, the photo I had selected is over here on the left and over here is a candidate and I have to decide if the Candidate beats out the Select. In this case, I'd say yes.
I like the Candidate better than the Select. So, I'll go down to the Make Select button, which is this icon underneath the Candidate and I'll click Make Select. And that moves the Candidate over and it becomes a Select and now there's a new candidate on the right. So, I'll compare these two. I think this Select still wins so I'll click the Right arrow and that replaces the candidate with a new candidate. That select still wins, Right arrow. Now, here I like these purple lupines better than the red flower so I'm going to move the purple image over into the select position by clicking Make Select.
And that's the end of the photos that I have selected for that comparison so the purple lupines win. I click down and just to mark this as my very best photo, I'm going to click on Five Stars here or I could add a color label to it. I'm going to go back to Grid view. I'll close the Library Filter by pressing the Backslash key, and I'll bring back the columns and the bars by pressing Shift+Tab. And then I'm going to Zoom out so you can see the photos that I selected with the White flags and the winner, the one to which I gave five stars.
Now, at this point if I want it, I could make a collection of these, my best images, and I'll show you how to make collections in the next movie.