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Lightroom CC: Essential Training

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Filtering Images

Mark Wallace

Lightroom CC: Essential Training

Mark Wallace

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8. Filtering Images
Lightroom has powerful tools to filter images in your library until you’ve found just the right images you’re looking for. Mark explains how to search by metadata, theme, color, or just about anything you can imagine.

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Filtering Images

I've already showed you a little bit of filtering. But let's take a closer look how we can filter all of our photos to find that one or two or five that we're really looking for now. We can filter in many different ways. We have keywords that we can filter by and these are keywords that we've manually entered. We also have the exit data. This is information that the camera automatically adds to our image. Things like the date and the time and the file type, things like that. What kind of camera you're using the lens on your camera? All that's automatically added by our camera. It's called data. We also have adobe sensei, the stuff that I showed you earlier where automatically tags are files and then also the flags and stars that we've already seen. So let's zip over here into Lightroom. And what I'll do here is I am going to uh filter something's so at the very, very top of the screen there's a little search bar here and this is where you can just type stuff in if you want. Or there's ...

a little funnel right here and that is where we click and we get our different filters. So I'm in all photos if I want to look at all of my photos and say, just show me the ones that I have flagged. I've picked. I can click on this little flag here and these are the images that I have chosen manually. I've clicked the little flag there and picked these photos. I can click that again to undo that. And it will show me everything I can say show me all the photos that have five stars and that shows up. If I click on that again, it goes away. Now one of the things that is important to note about this filter bar. So these are and choices, so if you click the flag it's gonna choose the flag. And if I also click the stars, it's and it's the, show me the photos that are flagged and our five stars, they have to meet both criteria. If you add another criteria like Karissa, it will only show the flag photos that are five stars that are in the Karissa album or have a keyword of Karissa etcetera. So the more that you click, the more filtered those selections become. So as we go through here, there are other ways that we can search so we can search to see all the photos that have been edited or not. We can look at the type of photo, if it's an HDR a photo or a video, we can look at keywords and so these are the keywords that we've manually entered. And so if I say, oh let me see the all the stuff that's got a bike that I've tagged bike, I've manually entered bike, here's a bunch of photos of me and my motorcycle. And so um notice that as you tag these, if you click these, they also show up in the search bar and so you can see exactly what's going on there. So I have bike. If I also click on three stars, notice up here it's bike and the stars are greater than or equal to three. You can also get rid of these things by clicking the little X. So now I'm just back to bike, click on that again and it's just everything you can look and see by camera. So every time you put an image in here um automatically knows which camera that you're using. So maybe I'll say I want to see all the stuff that I shot with my Osmo Action and that shows up there and maybe everything I shot with my Osmo Action and my R five for only my R five et cetera. You can see that we've got location. The location data is either locations that you've manually typed in or locations that come in because you've shot your images with a phone or a tablet and those have GPS data automatically adding location data to your images. So some of this is automatic, some of this is manual, it depends on what you're shooting with. If you have a camera as a GPS module on it, that also will add location data automatically. You can look and see which images are sinking. So if you have a bunch of images that are being sink, you can see which images those are. You can also see which images are totally sink and backed up um and then you can also search by people and you can see all that. So you can filter by any of these things. You can also go up to the search bar and you can manually type things in. So I could say, I want to see all of my Photoshop files. So I know that's a PSD file and it says do you mean extension, Photoshop file? Yes. And now I see all the Photoshop files, I can say show me the Photoshop files that are picked and five stars. There's only one of them that's a Photoshop picture file, five stars. So you can really go in here and see things in much closer detail. Now there's one other trick that I really love. And so I know that I shot a video and some images for a panorama, tv video. So I'm gonna go in here and I'm gonna say show me all the videos in lightroom. So I've got this video right here. If I click d for detail view, I can see that here is Emily. So I can play this image. So this is Emily, we shot this for an adirama tv video. This is to show what this photo looks like when we're filming it. But in this view we only have the video like where are all the other images I can right click and I can say show photos from the same date. And now I can see not only the video but all the images that we shot on that same photo session. And so that's a great way. Perhaps you've filtered and you found one image, but you really want to see everything from that same photo shoot. You can just right click and say show photos from the same date and then lightroom will show you all of those things. So filtering is a really, really powerful way for you to find the images that you've entered into your lightroom or you've added to lightroom. You can just filter and get right in where you want to go. And don't forget the adobe sensei stuff that I already showed you is also there so that you can just type in things like water and mountain and dog or whatever the person's name. You can just type and it's almost like google or it'll just go in and show you all those images. It's very intuitive and easy to use. Okay, let's talk about using photo merge to create HDR images and panoramas. It's really fun. Let's do that. Next

Class Description


  • Use Lightroom to its fullest potential using the Adobe Creative Cloud.
  • Edit photos quickly and creatively.
  • Share your images in custom websites and on social media.
  • Grow your editing skills for years to come.
  • Share editing techniques with thousands of others.
  • Create prints and albums using Lightroom Connections.


This class is a step-by-step walkthrough of Lightroom CC. This class will give you an overview of Lightroom and how it fits within the Adobe Creative Cloud universe. You’ll learn how to maximize Lightroom’s potential by learning now to organize and edit your images. You’ll also learn how to share your work with the world using online galleries, portfolios, and more.

Topics Covered in this class:

  • Adding photos to Lightroom, backing them up and keeping them organized.
  • Editing your images quickly using Presets and Enhance.
  • Using the advanced photo editing features in Lightroom; the global and local adjustments.
  • Adding titles and captions to your images.
  • The many ways to share images from Lightroom; exporting, building online galleries, using Adobe Portfolio and Behance, and more.
  • How to share your images quickly on social media by exporting by using Adobe Spark.
  • Expanding your editing skills with the Discover and Share Edit features in Lightroom.
  • Lightroom and Lightroom Classic syncing.
  • Lightroom and Photoshop integration.


  • Beginner and Intermediate Photographers
  • Professional Photographers looking to streamline their workflow
  • Lightroom Classic users wanting to make the transition to Lightroom CC
  • Social Media Influencers who need to post frequent updates
  • Professional Photographers looking for ways to reach more clients
  • Photographers looking to learn new ways of editing their photos


Adobe Lightroom 2021
Adobe Photoshop 2021
Adobe Lightroom Classic 2021
Adobe Portfolio (web)
Adobe Behance (web)
Adobe Spark (iOS, web)


Mark Wallace is a photographer based in the United States. Best known for his web-based video series Digital Photography One on One and Exploring Photography sponsored by Adorama.

Millions of people have watched Mark’s videos on YouTube, and the numbers continue to grow. Mark has a strong social media following on Facebook and Twitter, where he spends time interacting with viewers and workshop attendees.

In 2014, Mark left the United States to embark on a 2-year worldwide adventure. He visited 28 countries and captured thousands of unique photographs across the globe.

In 2016 Mark decided to give up planes, trains, and automobiles and is now exploring the world on his motorcycle.

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Susan H

What a great class! I've started & stopped a few Lightroom classes up until now, but generally gotten bored, confused or felt I needed to step away to learn something else like Adobe Bridge first. Mark is a great instructor, engaging, specific & very clear with his explanations. I finally feel confident to play in Lightroom instead of feeling constantly overwhelmed by what I don't know!! Awesome! Thank you, Mark, you've also inspired me to dream about travelling again now the world is opening back up :)

Glenn Pierce

Excellent fundamentals course on Lightroom! I really enjoyed Mark's teaching style which is easy to follow and very relaxed :-)