- Lightroom is all about workflow and organization. If you implement systems correctly you can edit massive amount of pictures at a given time. On the other hand if you treat Lightroom just like every other photo editing software then it may drag down your photo editing progress.
- In tutorial 1, we talked about how you’ll spend 99% of your time in two modules (the library and develop module). In this tutorial I’m going to focus on the library module. This is the place where you manage your photos right after you import pictures from your camera or memory card.
1. Keyword tag your photos
To keyword tag your pictures in the library module, you first click on the photo you want to edit, then under the keywording section on the right panel that is where you type the description of your photograph. If you want to use the same keyword for multiple photos, you’d copy and paste the keyword description, hold control and select the pictures you want the same descriptions on, then paste the keyword for those pictures.
If you see a * in the keyword description that means the tag is only applied to some of your selected photos. In that case you should go back to make sure you didn’t miss any descriptions.
2. Star rating your photos
To star rate your photos, you double click on the photograph (so the photo is now full screen) then on the bottom there is where you place your star rating. You have 1-5 stars to choose from. Personally, I use 1 star for photos that I can delete right away, 2 star for photos I am thinking about deleting, 3 star for an average photo to keep, 4 stars for photo that is good enough to share around, and 5 stars for an exceptional photo for my portfolio.
To make this progress faster and less tedious, you can star rate your picture by pressing the 1-5 keys on your keyboard. I use the arrow key to move to the next picture then press a number from 1-5 to finish rating the pictures. Using this I can rate almost 2 photos per second!
3. Using the filter system in Lightroom
The reason we spent so much time keywording and star rating your pictures comes down to the filtering system. When you have thousands or even tens of thousands of pictures down the road it’ll be very hard to find what you are looking for merely by the date or file names. Using the filter, you can basically type in a keyword and Lightroom will immediately show you all the pictures with the same keyword in it.
The filter function locates at the middle top section of Lightroom. You can filter by text, attribute, or metadata. All the keywording tags that we went through were for the text filter. Not to your surprise, the star rating that we did was for the attribute filter. Last but not least, metadata filter criteria such as zoom range, aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc. This is by far the most useful filtering system you can find in a post editing software.
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