Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Sorting images, part of Learning Lightroom 4 (2012).
It seems to me, that most photographers are accustomed to sorting their images by the file name, that makes sense in most cases. But sometimes, for example, if the camera has reset the numbering for your file names, that file name sort order, might not exactly the order that you're expecting. Fortunately, Lightroom provides a wide variety of methods for sorting our images. I'll go ahead and switch to the grid view display. And I'm actually going to hide all of the panels by pressing Shift+Tab so that I can see all of the images in the grid view at once.
On the toolbar below the images I can then click the Pop up for Sort in order to choose which parameter I'd like to sort the images by. If you don't have the Sort option on the toolbar you can simply click the pop up at the rear right side of the toolbar in order to choose the Sorting option... I generally sort by capture time. The order in which I took the pictures, is usually the order that makes the most sense for me in terms of reviewing the images. However, there are a variety of other options that can also be helpful here.
I might, for example, want to sort the images based on their star rating. At the moment, I don't have the star ratings displayed for my grid view. And so am going to view menu and choose view options and go ahead and turn on the bottom label for the images and set at rating and that will allow me to see the star ratings here. Notice when I chose the ratings from the popup that the images were sorted from the most stars to the least stars. They were sorted in backwards order and that is automatic for the ratings option.
I can click the Sort Direction button in order to switch between ascending and descending. But of course for star ratings generally speaking you probably want to sort with the highest number of stars first. So that makes perfect sense. If I switch back to captor time, you'll see that I'm now in ascending order. A to Z is displayed for the button. And that means that the images are displayed in the order they were captured rather than in backwards order. Another option that's available within LightRoom is one called user order.
What that actually means is that you can change the order of your images for example grouping images together in any way. I'll go ahead and sort some of the images. I'll put some of the images taken inside the interior of grand central terminal up at the front of the display. And I'll, perhaps, move the image showing the gears from the clock next to the other image showing the gears. And perhaps I'll put the two views of the back of the clock together, so that they're in the same order with each other. And that looks to be a fine order, so that's my User Order and I can switch, I'll go back for example to Capture TIme, now the images are sorted by capture time, but if I switch back to User Order those images will go back in the order that I had defined, and that order is Sticky, meaning that it will remain the same until I actually change the order for these images.
So while I generally use the Capture Time Sort Order, in various situations you might find that sorting the images in a different order can help you better organize those images or track down the particular image you're looking for.
- Getting to know the Lightroom interface
- Establishing Lightroom preferences
- Using catalogs
- Importing images
- Image review
- Identifying and locating images
- Optimizing and sharing images