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Filtering and Stacking Photos

Lesson 11 from: Lightroom® 4 Fundamentals

Laura Shoe

Filtering and Stacking Photos

Lesson 11 from: Lightroom® 4 Fundamentals

Laura Shoe

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11. Filtering and Stacking Photos


Class Trailer

Day 1


Pre-Show Banter


9:00 am - Introduction: Why Lightroom®?


The Lightroom Library Catalog


Staying Organized


Backing Up Your Library


Importing Your Photos


Preferences & Settings


Settings Q&A


Reorganizing Files and Folders


Using Views and Labels to Evaluate Photos


Filtering and Stacking Photos


Assigning and Managing Keywords


Keywording Q&A


The Metadata Panel


Searching for Photos


Creating a Collection


Day 2


Day 2 Pre-Show Banter


The Map Module: Assigning Locations


The Develop Module


Fixing Your Photos: Histograms and Cropping


Fixing Your Photos: Spot Removal Tool


11:30 am - Upgrading to Lightroom® 4


11:45 am - Basic Developing in Lightroom® 3 & 4


Basic Developing Part 2


Color Adjustments


Tone Curve Panel


Making Subtle Adjustments


Lens Corrections


Local Adjustments: Partial B&W


Local Adjustments: Portrait Touch Up


Additional Local Adjustments


Graduated Filter


Bonus: Day 3 Preview


Day 3


Day 3 Pre-Show Banter


Bonus: Recap of the Develop Module


Virtual Copies


B&W and Creative Effects


Noise Reduction




Sharpening for Portraits


Syncing Changes to Multiple Photos




Creating and Using Presets


11:45 am - Lightroom® and Photoshop


Sharing Your Work


Exporting for Web


Exporting for Print


Workflow Recap


Thanks + Credits


3:00 pm - Lightroom® 4: Publishing


3:30 pm - Lightroom® 4: Video Editing


3:45 pm - Lightroom® 4: Book Module


Lesson Info

Filtering and Stacking Photos

I've evaluated the photos, you know, signed the pick and reject flag in the stars. The first thing I want to check for, cause this could be a really long shoot, right? Is any that I forgot to evaluate. So I want to see photos that don't have a flag on them yet just to make sure that there aren't any that don't have a flag on them. So we're going to dio a quick filter. We're going to go into searching for photos and more depth later. This is gonna be a quick filter. So in the film strip at the bottom here you have a filter bar here. It may already be expanded. If not, click on the word filter and you should see grayed out. You'll see flags, stars and color labels. Now, this could be kind of confusing to use, particularly just really. For the most part, the flags were the most confusing because the hints that come up really don't provide guidance in my from my perspective. But I want to see my unflagging photos. So we have 33 flags down here. The 1st 1 is the pick flag. The 2nd 1 means u...

nflagging and then the 3rd 1 means rejected. So I want to see unflagging. So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna click on the center one now, the first time you click in that filter area. It's just activating that filter bar. So nothing happened when I did that. If I zoom out, you'll see that I'm still seeing everything. But when I click the second time, it will, in fact, just show me my unflagging photos. Now it's a little bit subtle, but when I did that, when I clicked on this unflagging flag, it became a little brighter. If I click on it again to turn the filter off, it does gray out a little bit, but it's very subtle. So it's sometimes hard to know which of these filters you have turned on and which you don't. But I have my own flagged photos here. At this point, of course, I would evaluate thes, but let me just go ahead. For the sake of quickness. Just click, shift, click, and I'll give them all a pick flag. Well, where are my photos? Right? They don't They haven't picked flag now, so they no longer meet that filter condition of being unf lacked. I'm good. I've got none that air unflagging at this point. So now I'm going to turn that filter off by clicking back on that same filter, that same center flag that will turn the filter off if you start to get confused about which of these flags you have turned on and off and you don't think you're seeing all of your photo, you can right click on these flags here and choose any grouping of photos you want. So if that highlighting is just too subtle for you, you can't see what you have, what you don't have, you could do that. So if I choose any flag status, I'm back to seeing all of my photos. So they've all been evaluated at this point. The next thing is to go ahead and do something with my rejects. So I want a filter on just by rejects. So I'm gonna click on this third flag and sure enough, it's not working as as I wanted it to. Why? Because all of these air bright I don't know if you can tell. But these air brightened up a swell. So if I turn off the pick flag Turn off the UN flag. You see how it just became a little dimmer and then turn on the reject flag. I'm seeing just the rejects again. You could always right click when the easiest way to do it, frankly, is just to right click and say Show me my rejects rather than try to figure out which ones are turned on and off. Um, so now I'm seeing just the rejected photos. If this was a real shoot, I would take a second pass through them, make sure they're really rejects. Now, I kind of have two categories of rejects in practice. I've got the rejects. I got to get him off my hard drive, and I have no emotional problems with getting them off my hard drive. But then I have that second category of rejects. That's well, I don't think they're very good, but I can't really let go of him either. Okay, so and I might distinguish those to the reject flag when those stars might be they gotta go and reject one star would be I'm just not ready like, oh, yet so? So I would do two things that would delete the no brainers and the other one's. What I do is I stack him up and I set him aside. I'm gonna show you what that means, but that way I kind of have them in my back pocket. But they're not taking up so much visual space in my grid. So let's look at the delete, um, condition for the scenario. First we could select, we filtered on just are rejected photos so we could select all we could go up to edit, select all we could do command A. We could click on the first click on the first photo shift, click on the last, any way to get all of the photos selected. Then we that we would hit the delete key. And I don't want you guys hear a class to do this, but we would just delete from desk and they'd be gone. Offer her drive now, remember, remove would take them out of light room but would leave them on your hard drive so I generally would delete from disk. So that's the That's the discipline scenario, and I admire people that are ruthless about editing because it really pays off in the long run. Right, Um, but the stack him up and set him aside. Option for their Well, maybe. But, you know, once I'm gonna show you next, so to stack photos up. I'm trying. Teoh, assume back out here to stack photos up. You're going to select them. So Controller, command A or edit select all. And then anybody know what we're going to do next? I mean, that hasn't stacked anything before. That would only be giving me an educated guess. Some sort of collection, maybe. No, no, you're going too far. That was That was we're going to right click. OK, so I mean, it's like you don't even need me for the next day and 1/2 2 days. That's how you use light. Roomy right click. Ok, so all right. So I'm sorry. Didn't set that up properly, but, um okay, so we're gonna stack these photos up, so we're going to right click inside any of the thumbnails, and we're gonna go halfway down to where it says stacking, and we're going to group into a stack. So visually, let's see. I can assume India There we go. Visually light room has just stack them on top of each other so that in my grid they're not gonna take up so much space. I've got 21 rejects in my stack. And if I click on this badge so this is another example of a badge in light room. It will expand out the stack to show them all to me. If I click on that one of 21 again here, it will collapse it back down. So I'm not getting rid of anything. They're just kind of hiding behind that 1st I'll click on the 21 now. Nothing is permanent here. I can always click on this one, give it a pick flag. And actually, it disappeared because I have a filter going. Um, okay, let me, um, scratch that. I'll come back to that in a sec. All right, So I'm gonna collapse my my stack of rejects here. Now that I've got my rejects stacked up, I'm gonna go ahead and show all my photos again. I'm just seeing my rejects. So I'm gonna turn off this filter down here in the filter bar by either clicking on this reject flag to turn it off or right clicking and saying any flag status Back to seeing everything. Looks I forget this, Mac. Okay, so here are my re checks. And there, right in the middle of all my pics. So by set him aside. What I mean is I'm gonna click inside the thumbnail on that stack and I'm gonna drag down. Why isn't it dragging down? I guess that's the last one. Okay, I'm gonna place it right after that lighthouse as the last photo in my grid. So that way, they're kind of set aside. Still there. If I want to get back to them now, I was going to go in and show you that. You know, nothing is permanent here. I have a stack of rejects. If I expand that stack and there's one in here that I decide to make a pick, I could just give it a pick flag, and then I can right click and say, remove from stack, and it will no longer be linked into those. It will just be separate. So there's lots of management options you can right click and put a different photo on top of the stack. Move things up and down in the stack, etcetera. So it collapsed. Stack right here and move this pick to be before before the Rejects. And that's pretty much it. Now stacking rejects is just one example of when stacking can come in handy, right? I mean, you guys think of some other examples of where stacking rejects might be. We're stacking. Photos might be useful. I'll give yourself perhaps a wedding where you have a whole bunch of pictures of the same scenario are exactly. Once you make a decision on the rig, finished dealing with them, they'll look almost the same. Stacking up right pieces of a panorama when you're not working on the panorama, right HDR You've got multiple exposures all next to each other. When you're not working on those people, keep them as a collapsed stack. So and you'll find other examples as we go through these three days, when light room makes stacks for you because it's just a convenient way toe link together photos. Is there a way to I know, at least on my MCA home, um, light room automatically, stacks say, If I did like four different at its its tax, um, and then I'm like, What the heck just happened and I'm trying to figure it all out. Is there weighed, like, is there a button where Aiken have them Not automatically stuff about now. You're what you're referring to is with your editing in Photoshop. Is that what's going on? Yeah. Yeah. So when you create a photo shop document, it automatically stacks it with the original. I believe in the preferences weaken sets. If I go to edit or lips light room on the Mac and it on the PC preferences, I'm gonna talk about this more tomorrow. The external editing preferences. But there is this option here to stack the Photoshopped document with the original. So generally I like it, But I can see why. Sometimes you you wouldn't want that. Yeah, because when I go back, then I think I don't know. I just don't look at the little stack thing. And I'm like, Where did I know I did that already, so exactly. Yeah. Good question. Let me just take a look at my list here, brother. Any other questions in the meantime on this idea of evaluating a photo shoot? Ask about Okay. Sorry. Photo. Mom 23 asks the advantages of flagging and deleting rather than just deleting as you go. Personal preference. Yeah, I think it's just personal preference. I mean that. I mean, the more decisive you are, you know, the better, right? You're going to save time. Um, yeah. So that's what it comes down to. Okay? Questions when you're stacking those photos. How is that? Just take the first photo in that stack and make it the little thumbnail that you see. So you need a drag? A different one. If you wanted a different selection at the front What you would dio let me go ahead and expand this. Yeah. Let me, uh, zoom in here a little bit. Make the thumbnails little bit bigger here. Okay, So I have this stack of 20 rejects if I right click on any of these other ones, So I'll right. Click on the 3rd 1 and I can say stacking. Moved to top of stack stacking. Move up in the stack, moved down on the stack. So that's how I control what I see on top

Class Materials

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Lightroom Day 1 Slides.pdf

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Ratings and Reviews

Miguel Lecuyer

Great workshop! New to Lightroom and found it very helpful. Saved me a couple hundred dollars and time by not taking an evening LR class. Creative Live workshops match my learning style perfectly. Laura is awesome! My only complaint is maybe Laura can use a PC next time which is what she seems more comfortable using. Her shortcut mix-ups on a Mac were making me a bit dizzy :)

a Creativelive Student

I cannot express enough how impressed I was with Laura and this class. I learned more in the 3 days of this workshop than I did in all 6 weeks of a class I took online that cost three times as much. I left not only impressed by the class but MOST importantly - refreshed and energized to put my new knowledge to use! Thank you for that!!!

a Creativelive Student

Excellent workshop bar none. I learned more about Lightroom than I did from any other tutorial/workshp that I previously encountered. Thanks Laura!

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