Besides sorting your images with star ratings and flags, Adobe Lightroom has options for filtering by criteria to sort your images even further. You can sort by media type, what camera was used to take the photos, what people appear in the photos, and where the photos were taken. In this video, Richard Harrington walks you through how to quickly access all the options available in Lightroom.
- As you work with your pictures, it's very easy to start to sort them by criteria, this is done using the top toolbar. So let's go up to grid view here, and in this particular case, I've imported a wide range of images. What I mean by that is different file types, you'll see we have DNG files, HDR files, JPEG files, RAW files, files shot on a professional camera, files shot on a cell phone. Well, we can go through and narrow this down a little bit. So if I click here on the filter, you'll see that I get different criteria. So for example, if I want to see only the images that I flagged, well, there's the ones that I flagged as picks or the ones that I flagged as rejects that I intend to get rid of. I could use the criteria here to see only images that are four-star and better, or if I click on three-star, I could flip that to say that are equal to three stars, or three stars or less, making it easy to remove images from consideration. All of these criteria here are quite useful, and as you see you get the ability if you want to choose them. Now, if you change your mind, just click up here to clear the criteria. Notice, we can also choose to see certain styles. So if I only want to see RAW photos, this is showing me those that are DNG files or Sony RAW files that I brought in here, and this allows me to see just those. If I want to see only files that are HDR, for example, this limits it to high dynamic range images, some of these were shot on lightroom mobile, others were processed and assembled as HDRs from multiple brackets. In any case, this is really amazing, I love the ability that it scans the library, and shows you the criteria. Notice for example, since I brought in images from many different time periods, I can go all the way back, and see a photo from the iPhone four, it scans what's in my library. Here's my DxO camera that I often use for diving trips, or as a small pocket camera. This just makes it really easy to narrow down and see just the types of images that I want. And not only can you sort on those criteria of how you rated an organized, but you can also see if there's embedded metadata. Many times especially on mobile cameras, it can use the GPS Tag. So, there are those images that were tagged with Chernobyl, this is from the actual city, or from visiting Kiev, and you see how it brings those images up and allows me to start to get a good idea of what I have. Using these criteria are a wonderful way to quickly locate what it is you think you have. If you don't see that, just click the filter button here, and it will open up those criteria, allowing you to see the great shortcuts to help you choose what you want to use when it comes to finding your best images. Using these criteria is an excellent way, so you can find specific images based on a wealth of criteria.