Adobe® Lightroom® CC Photo Editing: The Complete Guide


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How to Find Any Image in 5 Seconds or Less

We're back with another day of Lightroom CC Photo Editing. Let's look back what we've done thus far because this is a 20 day long class and here's just one day of it. So if we take a look, the first week we really, it was trying to establish a firm foundation of our to think about Lightroom as a whole, kind of the big picture. And that's where we talked about how Lightroom is considerably different than other programs like Photoshop for instance. And where every time you work in Lightroom you work with a catalog. Should you have one of those or multiple? And a whole bunch of other things, but it was mainly getting you comfortable with the big picture. The second week we talked about organizing and adjusting your pictures. That means we talked about managing projects. We talked about making your images searchable. And we talked about doing more advanced adjustments and retouching on your images. And the third week, we looked at special features in Lightroom, where we could get Lightroom...

to recognize who's in a picture by just educating you about what one person looked like in a few photos and then suddenly Lightroom was able to find that same person in all of your photos. We also saw how we could create books and we could put our images on maps, do slideshows. We did a whole bunch of stuff in week three. Well today though, we start week four. And today we're gonna cover how to find any image in five seconds or less. To me that sounds like an info commercial. One of those click bait things. But in the end my ultimate goal is to be able to find any image that I can remember that I've shot in about five seconds or less. In fact two or three seconds it would be much better. Now if that's the case though, this session might only be five seconds long as I just quickly find an image. What we're really gonna do in this session is look at what are all of our options related to searching and finding our images and how could we optimize them so that once we have there's a pretty darn good chance that you'll be able to find any image that you can remember in about five seconds or less. So let's jump into Lightroom and get started. So in my head I can remember a picture that I took of my wife doing a yoga pose in front of a red door. I know I took it and I wanna find it. How long is it gonna take me? Well, let's find out. There it is. Didn't take me long. I remember taking a picture of a monk on a bicycle. There he is. Let's see, I'm taking a picture of an air stream trailer, if I can spell. There's a bunch of air stream trailers. Well I now have taken some of them in Florida, those are the ones I wanna find. All right, we've narrowed it down to Florida. I know I've light painted one, so I wanna find it. Oh, there it is. How long did it take me to find these things? If I can get them in my head and I can remember something about those images I should be able to find it in about that length of time. In fact, usually it's faster because they don't have any people watching me type. Whenever I have that, there's the chance of typos and other things. But I should be able to find it pretty darn quickly. Let's look at some of the things we could use for searching and see how we can optimize them so hopefully when we're done and you've gone through the things we've covered in the other days of this class, that you too can find the images you're thinking of in about five seconds or less. The first thing to know about when it comes to searching your images is that we have a bunch of different methods for finding them. The first one we might think about is on the right side of my screen. We had a keyword list and in the keyword list there is an area at the top called filter keywords. And that means only show me the keywords that contain whatever it is I type up here. So up here if I type something like yoga, it's gonna drill down and find only keywords that have to do with yoga. Now here I have one called faux yoga. That's me doing yoga. And I could see there's six pictures. If I click this arrow, what it does is it searches every photo you have to see if it's been tagged with that particular keyword. And so if I click there I should be able to very quickly find me doing fake yoga. Or actually other people doing fake yoga. Sometimes when I'm out taking pictures of my wife doing yoga other people emulate us afterwards, like oh yeah I could do that. And so I get some pictures of them. Whenever you do that, you go to your keyword list and you click the little arrow next to one of your keywords. What it's doing is it's going to the top of your screen into this little gray bar that's known as the filter bar and it's simply setting it up so it's searching for what's on the left side, which is known as a keyword, and it highlights the keyword that you had clicked on. So therefore you're seeing all those results. Then you can further drill down by changing this menu here to say would I like to further limit what I'm looking on, looking at possibly what lens I was shooting with? If so, it will list all the lenses that I shot with. And if I wanna limit it to the lens, to the images shot with a 7200, I click on that. Then I could go to the next field and further narrow it down but I doubt I'm gonna be able to find something that's gonna separate these two because they were taken at the same time, same pose. But you could further filter it down by filling more of these rows out. If you wanna no longer be limiting which images you're viewing, up here you choose none. And now you're back to viewing all your images. Just know that anytime you go to the keyword list and you click on one of those arrows it will always search every single photo you have in your catalog. If you would rather only search a particular folder or you're viewing a particular collection of images and that's the only thing you'd like to be able to search, then stay away from that right side of your screen where you're working with your keywords and instead go to the left side of screen. Where maybe in the left side of my screen, I'll come in here and click on a collection and now I'm only viewing the contents of that particular collection instead of every image on my entire hard drive. And if I wanna search it, I'm gonna go to the top of my screen to the filter bar. We have many different ways of searching and what I usually do for searching for keywords is I do text right here. Now if you wanna do text, there's a keyboard shortcut. It does the same thing as clicking on the word text and that is typing command F, control F in Windows for find. And that means you're gonna automatically go to a text find. When you're searching based on text you can tell it what kind of text you're looking for. In this menu, you could look for the file name of your image, you can look for keywords, or if you choose any searchable field it'll search for all that stuff. But it will remember whatever setting was in here last. However it was set up. So when you type command F, it will bring you into the same kind of text search that you last applied. So what I can do is just type command F and then just start typing. And so if I type command F and then type red, I'm gonna find everything that's tagged with the word red. If I wanna use more than one search term, I can just press the comma key and then I can continue typing. I'm gonna do red yoga and therefore it limits me to that. I can continue, comma, San Francisco. And it'll continue bringing me, narrowing me down. And if I still didn't narrow it enough, I can do another comma until it brings me to the exact image and narrowed it down far enough. All I'm doing is commas between those search terms. If I click none, then I type command F again, you gotta watch out because that stuff will still be typed in there. But it will be highlighted. So if you wanna add to it hit the right arrow key so you get to the end of the text, then you can put in another comma and continue narrowing it down further. Otherwise when you type command F, since it highlights the text to start a new search, just start typing. And whatever you type will replace the text that's up there right now. So if I come up there and say trailer. Now I'm looking at pictures of trailers, that kind of stuff. So command F is usually one of the fastest ways, especially if the last thing you searched by was keywords. Now you have to be careful though when searching because there are some things you could type in. Here I might have this set to contain. If I have this set to contain, then it's looking for everything that contains whatever I typed in over here, which is the word art. Well there is a lot of words that contain the letters A-R-T. Like heart, and other things. There are all sorts of words that can contain that and this might not bring me down to what I'm thinking of. For instance, this particular image, I'm wondering why would that be art? Well it looks darn near like art, but it's made by nature. Those are some eggs in Africa. I'm not sure why they're showing up under art. If I go on the right side and I look at my keywording though, there's probably, although I'm not seeing it here, one of these words might have the letter A-R-T in it, or one of their parent keywords. And so oftentimes what you'll need to do is change this little menu here to say, contains the whole words instead of just these letters. And that will most likely limit what you have a lot more so now it's not finding things tagged with keywords that just contain the letters A-R-T within a longer word. Then if I type in red and blue I don't know if you have any, let me see if I have any tagged with blue actually because I. Yeah, I do. Okay so blue. And then I'll type red. You see how when I typed in both, nothing appeared? And that's because I've never tagged a picture with both of those words. So if I change this to contains or contain now I am seeing things that are tagged with either red or blue and so I'll find both of them. And so you have to really decide exactly what you'd like here. So that was command F. Command F sent us into a text search. Now there are other kinds of searches that are up there, one of which is called an Attribute. If I choose Attribute then this is gonna show me different flagging options. We talked about flagging in an earlier session. Ratings. You can even assign colors to your images. Or over here on the right side, was that a photograph, was it what's called a virtual copy, or was it a video? You can limit it. So if you only wanna find videos and you're not sure where your videos are, you could say I wanna look at all my photos in the upper left to begin with and then you click on the video icon. What's nice about that is if I say all my photographs and then I go to Attribute and say videos, now I can further search by going to text, let's say. And do you see how this stacked up one, more than one level deep now? So now not only are we filtering for videos, but now we can start typing in keywords and we're only searching video files to see if they contain those keywords. So you can build up, make it more complex search. I don't shoot very much video and I don't think I've keyworded almost any of my videos so I don't plan on continuing to search right now because I don't think I'd find anything. But I just wanted to let you know you can use more than one of these sections at a time. Now the choices you find under Attribute, there are some things that I don't like about it. First off, the next time you go back to that it's gonna remember the last type of searching you did. Just like when I typed command F to do a text search. Do you remember that it had the string of characters I'd already typed in still there? Well I find that these icons are really hard to look at to figure out which one's turned on or not. I wish it would turn bright red when it's turned on instead of just getting the tiniest bit brighter because if I turn on something like this, it might be obvious because I just clicked on it. But if I come back later I stare at this thing and I'm like, which ones are turned on and which ones aren't? So I'd have to turn off that little icon over there to get it out. I almost never use this section called Attribute and here's why. I can find the same choices under this other section called Metadata and I find it to be more useful. Let's see. I'm gonna click on Metadata and when I do we have these individual columns. And I'm gonna change these columns by clicking on their titles and here, I could set it to flag and that's gonna tell me the flag status of these images. I could set this to, it'll take me a second to find them, ratings. I could set this to labels. And I could continue setting this to other things. Like let's say dates or maybe file types. But do you see an advantage here in that when I do tell it to show me stars, it gives me counts for how many images I should expect to see if I filter it by one, two, three, four stars and so on. Whereas when I was in the other choice, the one called Attribute, it doesn't give you that. You don't see those numbers. The other thing is when you're in the choice called Attribute it seems to be a little bit more difficult to tell it I want to see both two starred images and five star images. What I do to accomplish that is I hold down the command key, that's control in Windows, to say I wanna select more than one of these. When you use the choice called Metadata, it starts on the left side first. And so if I click here on flagged, now do you see the numbers for the next column over changed? So that now it's limiting what the second column is looking at. So it's only looking at the 60 photographs that are flagged. Then I can do down to the four that were five stars. So you gotta make sure you pay attention to what's going on in the left most column because it's limiting what's happening in the next column over. So now when I look at the next column to the right, if you were to add up all the numbers for the images it's finding, it's finding that it's only searching the four images that have made it through that second level of my filtering. So that now I can find the two that are set to done. And then I can see that they're Photoshop file format. So you do need to look at that from left to right, knowing that the first one is limiting what the second one is seeing which is limiting what the third one is seeing. Yes. Am I correct in thinking that you can change the order of those though so you can determine what you think is the most important, left to right. Well I'm not sure as far as, I'm seeing if there's a way to hold down a key to drag it over. The main thing is. Just change the title. Yeah you can just change the heading, but I was just thinking could I drag it because it would be nice if you could, if you already had it set up the way you want. But yeah, what I could do is set this one to rating, so that's what I'm starting with. So it's up to you what order these are in. And so I could change it from rating to then flagged, so I've kind of switched that around. So maybe I come in here and say I only wanna think about five star images. And then out of those five star images, I know that there's only four of them that are flagged. So I can get down to that. And then I can come over here and say, well there is only one that is needing some print testing kind of thing. But it does build up from left to right so make sure you're thinking about what's in that left most column before you deal with things. Now one thing that's interesting is if I ever do go to my keyword list, and do you remember before with my keyword I ended up clicking on the right pointing arrow? And when I did that it searched all my photographs in my entire catalog, but what it ended up doing is it just populated the filter bar for me. And what it did is it made the left most column, instead of doing a text search like I usually would to do by keyword, it instead used this thing called Metadata. And therefore when you do click on the little arrow next to one of your keywords, know that you can populate these other columns to further narrow down your images. So I might click up here and say, I wanna look at my rating. And I only wanna find four and five star images that have that keyword. And then I could say I want to further narrow it down by something else like what lens I used for my focal length. And so just because you clicked on that little arrow next to a keyword and that's what caused the filter bar to appear, doesn't mean you can't continue to customize it further going across there. Just know that once you're filtering a view, to get out of that you just click none, right there. And then you're back to viewing all your images. And remember that the little arrow next to a keyword always searches your entire catalog of images. So if you didn't wanna search your entire catalog of images then what you wanna do is first target whatever it is you were thinking of searching, in this case I'll search my portfolios. And then instead of going over here and clicking on an arrow just think of what is the term you were looking to search for and you wanna go up here to the top and either do, usually a command F for a keyword, and then type the one you're looking for. And now it's not searching my entire catalog of images. Instead, it's only searching the set of images I was viewing before I performed the search. So there's a difference. Keyword list always searches every photo, whereas this searches whatever set of photos you are viewing. Now something interesting. Let's say I wanna find everything in my portfolio that is not a yoga pose. Well I could come in here and I think there's a choice that you might be able to say doesn't contain, I could do that. But what if I had a more complex search? What if I came in here and said, I want every image that's yoga pose and is four stars, I want everything except for these. I want everything except for these that are in my portfolio. What I could do is select all on whatever search results I received. Then after choosing select all, I'm gonna say don't filter this anymore. Bring me back to all the images. But that's gonna keep these images selected though because they're selected right now. And then I can go up to, I believe it's under the edit menu and I have a choice called invert selection. And that means give me the opposite of the images I currently have selected. So sometimes I'm searching for what I don't want. And then once I found what I don't want within a series of images, I select all of those results and then I turn off my filtering so I'm now looking at all the images, not just the filtered ones, and I say invert selection. And now I got the opposite. So you can get fancy like that if you'd like. Now a couple other ideas when it comes to searching. That filter bar at the top of your screen, it can be hidden and so if you ever go to the top of your screen and it's not there, you can press the backslash key, the one that is right above the return or enter key on most keyboards and that will toggle the visibility of the filter bar. Or if you hate keyboard shortcuts just because you don't use them all the time, you can probably guess at where to find that. The menu's at the top of your screen. It's under the view menu and it just says show filter bar. So if you forget the keyboard shortcut you could go up to the view menu. There's another bar that can appear at the bottom of your screen and if it's ever not there, it's letter T to toggle the visibility of the tool bar. That doesn't have so much to do with searching, but since we were talking about those little bars. Also going up to the view menu, you'll find show toolbar. Then if you find you do a lot of searches and you have to click none a lot to get out of your search when you're done, you should know that there's a keyboard shortcut. And that is if I type command L, control L in Windows that's gonna toggle either searching being turned off or if I type it a second time it'll turn back on the searching we had. Command L to turn it off, command L to get it back. And it'll remember the setting you had when you last searched. Then there are certain things we can get to show up when we're doing a Metadata filter that you can change your view of. And let's see what we might be able to find. I'm gonna set it to date on the left most column. And if I set it to date, then you'll see that it's simply listing the dates that I've taken photographs. And you can see sometimes I'm lazy where look, all the way from June 13th to July third, I didn't shoot anything between that and so on. So you can see my lazy periods. And then other times I'm shooting every single day. And you see the number of pictures that were taken on those particular dates. Well in my catalog I have so many years and days of shooting that is that a very useful list? It's so long that in order to find a specific date it's gonna take me forever to get there. Well what I can do is not only can I click on the title of this heading to get it to be set to date, but if I go over to the right edge of that column, there's a choice called flat view or we can see it in a structure. Where now it's more useful to me, at least. Because now it starts with the year. And I can drill down from there. Remember these numbers right now are indicating, we're only looking at my portfolio of images, not all images that I have. But if I drill that down then it comes down to the month and then it comes down to the day and I can drill down. I find that to be friendlier. When I have this set to date, instead of just seeing every single day I've shot, instead to have it in a structured list. The way I got to that is first I changed this column to date, so that's what we're viewing. And then instead of clicking on the heading over here, I go to the very right edge of it where that little icon is. And that's where I can switch between the two different types of views. Not every choice that you can have as a heading will have those choices. But a few of them will and one of them will be also a choice called location. If I choose location and you just look at the list, it's going to be really long and it's simply gonna list a lot of locations where these were taken. But if I go to the side menu and I say let's not view it flat, now I find it to be a bit more useful because now I can drill down based on countries. And here we'll go to the United States, I can see what state they were in. I can drill down and see where within that particular area. Drill down and find an area much more specifically. Now just so you know this choice called location is not based on the keywords you put in. Because just because you put in a keyword called California, it doesn't know that that word indicates a location. California might be somebody's name. I'm sure there's somebody out there on earth named California. And so it wouldn't automatically know it's a location. What this is based on is you remember those GPS coordinates? When we talked about getting your images on a map, and during that session I think I showed you that on the right side of your screen when it puts in the GPS location, it looks it up on the internet and it figures out what country was that in, what state, what city and all that. That's where this information is coming from. So if your images do not have GPS information tagged on them in order to get it to show up in this list, you'd have to end up and put them on the map like we did in a previous session. But now I have a completely different way of looking at all my images. And this right now is just my portfolio but I can just as easily go over here on the left side of my screen under catalog and choose all photos and it's gonna look at 213,000 pictures now. And I can then come over here and choose the Metadata filter and it'll probably take it a moment to think, but I'm gonna suddenly be able to see all these locations that I've been to shooting and I can explore them in a completely different way. Hong Kong sounds kind of dangerous, look at that number, six, six, six. Better take one out. Yeah I better take one out or add one or I better go back and take some more pictures. Sometimes you'll find unknown state though, because it just won't know exactly where it was. And when that happens, if you actually click on those images and go in the metadata panel where you have location information, you could type in and tell it what city or something it was in. But it's really nice being able to drill down and find that without having to do a lot of work to get the information to show up. So remember that was going to the little right edge side and you can choose to have it flat, which I don't find to be very useful or to have it structured. There's only a few of these choices that allow that though. I mainly use it with the date and the location. Remember, you can shift click to take multiple choices, so if wanna see both images that were taken in Thailand and images that were taken in Portugal, I can do that. What I'm doing is holding down the command key, control in Windows, in order to click on more than one. If you hold down shift instead, you get everything in between. Meaning that I click on the first image here, I hold shift and I click up here, and I get everything in between. It's just like when you select files on your hard drive or images within Lightroom. They're the same keys, they're working the same way. And so I could do that. I could come over here and then and say I want four star, hold down shift as well as two star. So you can combine that as many areas as you want. I want a 16 millimeter lens and the 17. I'm just holding down the command key to be able to select multiple. Then let's view a folder in here. Take me just a moment to find one I might be interested in looking at. And let's say that I went in to one of these and I wanted to view, I noticed we have some star ratings in here. And what I'd like to do though is come over here to my metadata and I want to do this based on rating. And I wanna look for images that are four and three stars. Well watch what happens when I switch folders. Remember that this thing called the filter bar was set up to show me images that are marked with either three or four stars. Well I'm gonna click on a different folder and do you see how it completely cleared out the filter bar? What if I also wanted to look at this folder and look at everything that was two or three stars? That kind of thing. Well what I can do is I'll go back, I'll go back up here to metadata and I'll set it up the way I wanted it once more, just like this. And then before I switch folders I'm gonna go to the upper right. Do you see a lock? That means lock that search in so it doesn't clear out when I switch sources. So now, remember we're at three and four stars, I click to the next folder and look, we're still at three and four stars. Then I go to another one, next one. Still at three or four stars. You won't find very many images of mine that are five stars because if you remember back to the session we talked about ratings in, the only thing I use five stars for are the absolute best of my photography that I've ever taken. I call it my superheros. And so it's rare for me to find a five star, if you're wondering. So that's the lock symbol it's in the upper right. Right there. And to turn it off you just click it again and now when you switch between folders, each time we switch, it's gonna reset the filter bar. If we wanna get fancier than that, we can. What I'm gonna do is I wanna look at one star and two star images. In this particular case and I'm gonna lock the filter bar. Remember that lock symbol in the upper right. But then when I go to the next folder, I don't wanna look at one star and two star. I wanna look at four star images. I want it to remember the specific search I was on on every folder I go to so that if I return to the one called Sidney, Australia it remembers that the last time I viewed that particular folder, I was viewing one and two stars. And that the last time I went to the next folder down I was viewing four stars. And then the last time I went to the folder below that I was viewing pics. So that each one can have a different filter bar setting and they stay consistent between those individual folders. Let's figure out how to do that. It's a pretty fancy feature to do that. First thing I need to do is click on one folder, set up the filter bar the way I want it for that folder. And lock the filter bar. The filter bar must be locked. Then I'm gonna go to the file menu and if I look in here I'm gonna find a choice called library filters, and that's referring to the filter bar. And here is where you can see where that keyboard shortcut is, I don't know if you remember command L, you toggle the filter bar on or off if it was active or not. Well there's the actual manual command you can go to. Here's lock filters, that does the exact same as the padlock icon. But then check out this option. Remember each source's filters separately. It's like the longest menu command you've heard of, but if I turn that on, remember it's under the file menu under library filters. Now if I have this in to search for one star and two star in this folder and I switch to another folder, I can then come up here and set up a different filter bar setting. Maybe for this on I didn't even wanna think about ratings. I wanted to think about flags and only look at the flagged images. So now let's see what happens when I switch between the two folders again. I go to Sydney, Australia and look at the filter bar. Actually I might not have gotten it. Hold on. Did I turn that thing on or not? It's still locked? Lock filters, remembers. Well usually this would do it. It might be that I need to have the columns consistent where they're the same. Let's find out. I'm gonna set this to rating and then flag, but usually this works. I'll go to two star and three star and on this on I'll go to four star and let's go between them. No, it's not doing it right now. I believe it needs to be locked in order to have the feature turned on, but let's find out. So here we'll go for one star here, yeah. So usually it has to be locked because if it's not locked, that menu command that was found down here, you can't get to it. So I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong there. Usually it works and I'm just, something I have set is odd. But just so you know, there is a command there. It'll only be chooseable if you have your filter bar locked and it's supposed to make it so on one folder I could be viewing four stars and when I switch to another I could be viewing three stars and so on. I don't wanna spend the time to troubleshoot it right now though so I just wanna make sure you're aware of it. Okay, so we've talked about a bunch of different ways of filtering our images, but the problem is each time I do that, I seem to need to set it up again. I go to metadata and this time I wanted to do it by date and I have to go here and click here and change it again. Well we can get a preset set up. And so if there's some method we use for searching a lot, like for instance one thing that I do a lot is I search by file type. Because if I search by file type I can find any images that have been worked on in Photoshop because they're usually tif files or Photoshop file format images. And so it's a nice quick way for me to find those if I do it by file type. And then I might wanna come in here and have the next one over set by date so I can see out of those two tif files, when were they modified, which one's newer, those kinds of things. Well once you set up the filter bar the way you like it to be, you can go to the upper right, do you remember where the lock symbol was? And just to the left of it, there's a little pop up menu right here. And in there one of the choices is to save the current settings as a new preset. And if I do that, all I do is give it a name. And I'm not gonna name this particular one because I didn't spend enough time customizing it to something I'd actually wanna use again. But if I were to give it a name, it would then appear on this menu. So let's look at one choice that I have set up here. We have a bunch of choices in here. One is easy to find processed images, in fact that's not updating because usually I have it set to one of the choices you can have in here is developed preset. And if I set it to developed preset, what I can do is say I wanna see my raw files. And I only wanna see the raw files that have custom settings, meaning I've customized the sliders. They're not at default settings, that type of thing. You can set these up as presets. Just be careful when you set them up as presets because it's not just saving what the columns are. It's saving what was selected in each column. So if I had this set to tif on this left column, when I save it as a preset, the next time I load it in it will still be on tif. And so if you don't want it to have anything chosen yet, you don't want it to actually be limiting your choices yet, be sure the top most choice is chosen in each one of the columns because that's where you're not yet using that column to limit the number of images you're seeing. And oftentimes that's what I have because then, I wanna be able to very quickly go in and populate each column. All I was really looking for was to get the headings to be what I like to use. But over here is where you get your presets. And you can come in there and save it as a new preset, you can rename it here, delete them and all of that. Then I find that certain things are not as useful as I'd like them to be when using the filter bar. Sometimes it becomes a bit cumbersome. For instance, when I'm searching by date I can either get this structured list of dates or I can get my flat view where it's just the days things were shot on but how can I tell it to show me all the images between March of last year and February of this year. You usually have to do a lot of clicking. So I find that sometimes it is more useful to use other features other than the filter bar. And one of those other features that I commonly use are smart collections. We covered smart collections in a different session and I just wanna let you know that if you're limiting the number of images you're trying to view, you might wanna consider using a smart collection. If I come in here and create a smart collection, look at how easy it is when searching by date. I'll search by either capture date or edit date, depending on what I'm looking for and I'm gonna say, is, where is it, somewhere it says is between. Is in the range. Look at how easy it can be for me to search between two sets of dates. Where as if I'm trying to do it in the filter bar it can be a lot more cumbersome than that. So sometimes I'll end up using a smart collection and after I see the results of that smart collection, I can go to the filter bar to further narrow them. A couple caveats when doing searches, sometimes you'll find that when you search, you don't find all the images you expect. One example of that is when you go to the the keywords list and you see a number to the right of a keyword, if you click on the arrow that's there, here it says 42. When I click on that arrow, you might find that the end result of the search that it performs does not give you 42 images. And the reason why it might not give you the number that is indicated next to a particular keyword is that it ignores images that are in collapsed stacks. In one of our previous sessions I mentioned that you can take a series of images and stack one on top of the other so all you see is the top most image that's in that stack. And it's a nice way to kind of declutter a folder so if there's very similar images, you take the best of the similar shots and you stack it with the other similar ones. Well let's say you did that and one of those images that's in a collapsed stack, you added a keyword to. Well know that if you search for that keyword you will not find that image if that stack is in a collapsed state. So if for some reason you need to search every single image and you need it to pay attention to those images that are in collapsed stacks, you could do the following. Although it could take a little bit of time. Click on all photographs over here on the left side. Type command A for select all. So it selects every single photograph. Go to the photo menu and it'll be a little slow because it's thinking about 200,000 pictures in this case, and under stacking is the choice of expand all stacks. And therefore, any stacks that have been collapsed will be expanded and therefore when you click on the arrow icon next to a keyword, you're actually gonna get that number of images. I'm not gonna do that right now because I don't want my Lightroom to slow down. It doesn't take that much time. It might take a minute or two for it to expand all the stacks even at 200,000 images. So if you think about what we were trying to do in this session, trying to be able to find any image in five seconds, well then why the heck is it taking us over 45 minutes to talk about it? Well that's because we need to know our options for finding images and we need to know how to somewhat customize those options so at the time we do need to find an image very quickly, we're aware of the most effective way of doing it, which might be typing command F to find something and type in exactly what you're looking for and just hitting comma and continuing to type until you get the actual image you visualized. Which in this case, I was looking for this particular one when my wife was wearing red. So let's think about what we've been doing and where we're headed. So we can give you a little homework and that is when you go to the filter bar at the top of your screen, you can set up those various columns. Why not set it up for what would be most useful for your way of working in Lightroom? And once you have set it up, go to the upper right and save a preset for the filter bar. And why not think through all the ways you might work with Lightroom and see if maybe you could set up three, four, or five of those presets so the next time you need to find an image you're not fumbling with those columns. Instead you're going to the upper right to the preset and you're targeting it right away so you can search and possibly find one of your images in as little as five seconds. Now we're in the home stretch. We only have four days to go in class. In those four days we're gonna cover how to extend Lightroom with plug-ins because we can add functionality to the program. We're gonna talk about a lot of tips and tricks because we've been talking about big subjects in all of these sessions. We're gonna start looking at the little details that can really smooth out the way you work in Lightroom. And we'll also talk about troubleshooting. So if you every have any kind of weird problem happening in Lightroom, you might have an idea of how to solve those issues. And then finally, here's how to find me online with my main site being my website, which is So this has been one more day in our Lightroom CC Photo Editing.

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  • I have had the privilege of participating in this excellent class from the front row seat in the Creative Live San Francisco studios. After only a few of the 20 sessions, I quickly appreciated the many features and benefits of using LightRoom to organize and edit all of my images. If you're like me, you've had access to LR for a while, and have opened it and fumbled through the myriad of complex menus a few times, then have gone back to using Photoshop. After these classes with Ben Willmore, (and they're not even done yet), I have tackled the job of re-organizing and keywording tens of thousands of images that reside on various backup drives, many of which I've never even had time to look at. I now have a path forward to enjoying what is in my archives rather than letting them gather dust. I have made HDR images, panoramas, slide shows and Blurb books with ease based on the techniques learned in class. Throughout the class, we lobbed many questions at Ben, and every single time he knew the answer in an instant, or could give us a work-around or several ways to do what we're trying to accomplish in LR. His deep knowledge of LR (and PS) simply cannot be matched, and he's a natural trainer. The days have flown by, and after each day I can't wait to get home and start working on my images. Regardless of your type of photography - professional, avid amateur, or hobbyist - if you shoot and edit a lot of images, LR can be a huge benefit in your workflow. Even if you think you already sort of know how LR works, there is still plenty of useful info in this course that will help you to extract maximum benefit from Lightroom. For me it has been nothing short of transformative!