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Assigning Keywords

Lesson 7 from: How To Get and Stay Organized in Lightroom

Tim Grey

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7. Assigning Keywords

Next Lesson: Updating Metadata

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Assigning Keywords

All right. So let's assign some keywords. Let's go look at Paris now, just because it will provide a good excuse for us to try to remember where in Paris we were eso here, for example. What is the name of this structure? Eiffel Tower. Thank you. This already has after terror. Keyword. Wonderful. What about this one? Not the Eiffel Tower. Large building Chateau. Something way. This actually happens to be the opera building. So when it comes to keywords, how much time do you want to spend the signing? Key words to your images, Generally speaking, done. Most photographers If they're being honest, How much time do you want to spend a signing? Key? Words? None. When you're looking for an image, how much time do you wish you had spent assigning keywords? An infinite amount of time? My every little detail about that photo, My approach being a little bit lazy. I'm not interested in spending lots of time assigning key words. I use those keywords for two basic purposes. Finding the images that I...

really care about and reminding myself of what that thing waas Now with certain subjects, let's take this one. For example. I'm probably never gonna forget the name of it, so I really need to assign Eiffel Towers a keyword. Probably not. I mean, it's probably a good practice in general, but I'm pretty sure I'll remember that one. This one is the opera building, But am I really going to remember? What's the name of that building? I don't have a picture of it here, but what's the name of the building with all the plumbing on the outside and who can pronounce it correctly? The Jewish Pompidou? I can't pronounce it correctly, but it's the Pompidou Building. Would I really remember that? Or how about the Grand Palais versus the petite fillet? Are you gonna remember which one's which, if the picture only includes one of the two, so you don't have size toe? Determine which ones which so it's mostly to find photos, but also to remind myself I'm looking for a picture of a whale from Alaska. What's easier than typing whale, or what building was this again? Oh, I see it was the opera because now I'm going to type opera and add that as a keywords, so keywords. It depends on the photographer. Some photographers simply have to add lots and lots of keywords. Maybe they're doing stock photography, etcetera. Other photographers. A wedding photographer doesn't have to worry too much. Maybe it's just based on, you know, the formal portrait's versus the ceremony versus the reception. Whatever the case may be, the point is that you want to think about those keywords and assign them in a way that makes sense for you based on number one, reminding yourself of what was that? And finding the photo that you need when you need it they have seen here. I've just typed a keyword you can even see faintly, It says. Click here to add keywords. I can click there and type a keyword toe. Add the keyword to the image, but over time you're going to accumulate some keywords on the keyword list, and you want to make sure that you're typing your keywords with the same spelling every time. And so you might find that you prefer to add keywords using the keyword list. Obviously, this list can get very, very long over time, but that said it could help make sure that you avoid problems with those keywords so we can turn off a keyword by clicking the check box to clear it, or we can turn it on by clicking in the empty check box to add the check mark to it. The point is, we use that keyword list as a way for adding those keywords, and there's a variety of other things that we can update as well.

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Michael Griffith

I've been using Lightroom for a number of years, but thought it might be helpful to review the program. Tim Grey does is an expert in the program and does a wonderful job of explaining the intricacies of the program. He uses a lot of self deprecating humor and his examples stick with you. The map feature is one LR tab I've never before used. Having updated some of the metadata tags, I can easily find my pictures of Costa Rica or Taos, NM. (plus its fun to see my travels plotted on a map)

Gary Hook

Tim has a great style and a wealth of knowledge. I appreciate that he not only talks about a technique, but takes the time to actually demonstrate the 'how' and the results. Although I've been using LR for some time, I came away with some great tips and insights in some areas such as using the Maps function as a search tool


I have discovered a new teacher I LOVE. I love the pace of Tim's teaching as well as his linear pratical advise. He stays on task as he teaches and is thorough. He even adds a little humor. This is a great to the point course!

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