Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 13 of 40

Smart Collections

 

Lightroom Essentials

Lesson 13 of 40

Smart Collections

 

Lesson Info

Smart Collections

So what we're going to do is choose file open catalogs, this's a catalogue that already exists online machine. So we're going to say open catalog and that's going to ask us where that catalog lose. My master catalogs lives on another hard drive inside of here. Separate one was in my pictures folder, so we're going to come down here. Tio room. And is that the right? How log? Yeah, I think it is. Okay. We only have one catalog open in time so you can turn this check box on to not see this really annoying message every single time. Could you like? I know. Light room. Go ahead, relaunch. So now we should be opening the big catalogue. Yeah, with the thousands and thousands of images. Ok, so now, if I click on all photographs over here on the left hand side of the panel, you can begin to see some of the power in this key wording in filtering. So let's, say, out of twelve thousand seven hundred and forty photographs that are on my temporary master catalog here. I want to find those maui flowe...

rs or sunset through any other keyword that I may have added. So you could either press commander control f to give you the text. Filter said it two key words and then you can control you know what's happening here if I want to find multiple keywords and I'm gonna leave this said to contain all so that's basically saying find me all the photos that have all of these keywords applied so if I start typing in maui and then flowers I get a completely different subset of images so now if you look down here towards your film strip you can see that I'm viewing two hundred eighty four of twelve thousand seven hundred forty images so keywords really powerful but again I wouldn't even start messing with them until after you've made two passes through the photos that you imported because it's just more work and if those photos are going to hang around it's pointless okay so let's say now that I want to add another criteria to this filter ok so right now we're filtering for key words contain malli and flower two hundred eighty four of them great let's add another criteria to this filter and see all those photos that have those keywords as well as two stars or more so now we're going to click attributes and as you click these different uh little buttons right here textual buttons that's going to add another level of criteria to that specific filter so now we can say show me all of the pictures that have a rating that's greater than or equal to three stars so now we're viewing thirty three photos of twelve thousand seven hundred and forty photos so you can see how powerful using keywords in conjunction with star ratings and that kind of thing can really be so now very quickly I've gotten teo a subset of my images which really should be if I if I did it right it should be the best of the best now flowers that I have in my collection now once you're here you can do a couple of things we can save this filter if we want to use it again later remember that's say current settings is preset but we can also come down here to the collections part of the panel over here on the left hand side and if we click this little plus button right here we khun sake create a smart collection so the difference between a regular collection and smart collection is that a smart collection populates itself automatically whenever the criteria that you've established is met can you imagine I got o'malley twice year I shoot flowers twice here I only have to make one smart collection based on this filter when I go through and I start rating and assessing and applying keywords to my images they're gonna automatically go into this collection which we've already established is like an album then light room so let's go ahead and create smart collection here I honestly thought it would see the filter criteria that I did but it did not so we'll call this one best of maui flowers and I guess you have to go ahead and set the criteria here too I swear tooth or I swear to all that is holy and asgard that smart collections could see this filtering it apparently not alright so let's go ahead and say we can set the rating okay is greater than equal to two stars now let's click the plus sign and let's add the key word information which oddly enough is hidden inside of an other metadata category and I know it's not your thing well why's it arlena because keyword is meditated I know that but why isn't it root level because that can throw people because if you just look at this and you don't go nosing around into those other settings you'll never find keywords and you'll think that you can't create a smart collection based on key origin can it's just that it's tucked away in this category I wish it was root level just that one not all of these just that one so we can say keywords contains or contained all maui and you could put a comment here or not and flowers I did have it s on the end of flowers and I think so yes let's not put this on there just in case I don't have the plural version okay so now we can say create so over here on the left hand side in our collections panel so now that we're working with my master catalog you can see that I've got a slew of collections which you're like albums and I even put some collections inside of a folder just to group them together because there they have something in common and you can collapse those collection groups that way your collections panel isn't ten miles long so tomorrow when we start getting into the develop module I've got a collection of the images that we're going to use all right here so I don't have to go hunting through my whole library to try to find the images and I wantto explain exposure on for example but and then I've got files that were going to send a photo shop that's another collection and then I've got a mallie flower slide show how do I know that's a slide show because it's got a little play icon on it and then we've got a web gallery that I have built here which is just another collection of images but these all have one thing in common and that's I'm using them is demo files for creative live so I put them in a little folder it is tidies up your collections a bit so now I've got this self populating folder so if at any point any of that criteria and that's art collection has met its going to show up in that collection automatically without me having to click and drag it over there just a couple more tiny things if you want to edit that smart collection in any way anybody want to guess right click it right take let collection and then you can choose edit smart collection you go right back to your criteria now a question on the internet is going to be well what if you can't get the criteria exactly like you wanted it with these little plus signs over here let's say you keep adding this but you really need to be more restrictive in that you really need an either or situation or you know like a conditional press and hold the option key see how those plus signs turned into uh hashtag I'm still holding on the option key and if I click that icon then I get my conditional so from here I can say if any of the following is true if all of the following is true or none of the following is true so that gives you another level of uh control over these smart collections and again that's the option chiana mac has changed from a plus sign to a number sign they're hash tag so that'll be really important when you get way into doing these smart clicks and so that won't happen for a while most likely but if you're in advanced using this is a fantastic free self populating albums, I love that all right, let's, talk about one more thing real quick, and then we will stop for the day after you start creating collections, you're going to end up with a slew of him over here, you know, where do we want to get what we want to go to italy? Do we want to get a, you know, malli in the fall? So you want to go to the black belt competition that I photographed earlier in the day? This is one of me when you start getting early in the year when you start getting these set up it's going to feel like you're walking into a room full of all of your images and it's going to feel so good because you can get everything you know, do we want to go to albuquerque to be want to go? What do we want to do? It's? Just really amazing that you can. All of your images are right here, all organized and raided and sorted, but once you get a long collection list, it can be a monument, it'll drag, dragging and dropping additional files into those collections. So we're talking about collections and are just regular collections were not self populating in any way. So if I go back up here and I say okay, here's my pictures from the p lea ve in january two thousand thirteen and let's say I find some images and like, oh, holy cow those need to be in that collection but it's not a smart collection, right? So I got a click and drag them into that collection so I'm in my folders area right here, and I know that because I'm in that panel it's got that down were pointing flippy triangle and then the folder I'm in is quite so now if I scroll down to my collections panel, I can say, oh, yeah, okay, so yeah, those thes right here let's say these five need todo in this holder great now those were in there. But what if it's a folder that's a mile down the collection list isn't that going to be a drag? So you you collect a select and you gotta scroll down here and scrolling scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, scrolling where is that collection? I've got ten million collections. Oh, there it is bam that is in the drive, you bonkers. So what you can do is you can set any given collection as a target collection, and then you can add photos to it with a keyboard shortcut and that's oh, so powerful so let's say that if my target the collection I want to add teo is this one right here maui two thousand thirteen for calendar I can right click it or control click it and I can say set as target collection now next to the word counter you're going to see a little plus sign appear settle a plus sign right yeah texas we actually have that word yeah he asked me sweetly I'll tell you how to spell it okay so now that said is a target collection so it doesn't matter where the heck I am whether I'm in my folder panel so now I'm cruising around in my directory structure okay let's say oh gosh this one ok bunches and bunches of images now instead of clicking and dragging down wherever the heck that collection list I can simply press the big key those images are now going into that target collection and I'm not having I'm not in scrolling hell I'm not having a drag and drop like a crazy person which also you know is easy to get the thing and into the wrong collection when you're dragging and dropping like that now let's put a few of these in there so now they all got added to the target collection so b is a better way to populate a regular collection so now if we go down here scroll down on the left hand side to our collections panel we go down, then we find our target collection, which again, we set by control or right clicking on the collection itself and choosing set start collection. Now if we go into that folder, I can see all those other images that we just put in there actually, now I can see all those other images that we just put in there so that's a great way to just add images to a collection that you've set up and again, a smart collection is going to populate by itself any questions on that they're my good eye let target collection was a big deal when I learned how to do that, I was like, oh, yeah that's really awesome if you were starting out fresh, would you ever use a regular collection? What case? Sure that's a fantastic question thank you for asking it if there's not something in common with photos that's going to happen over time, let's say I keep returning to the same shoot location or you know if I keep shooting a certain object over and over and over and over again as awaiting your portrait photographer, you may have a smart collection based on weddings that we can see all the waiting's you've ever shot or all the head shots that you've ever done in your portrait studio, but if there's not something in common with those photos let's, say I want teo create a book out of a certain set of pictures or a website out of a certain set of pictures. And I'm just going to create a regular old collection, because the criteria for that specific collection isn't something that's probably going to be met again in the future. That is easily identifiable to me at that point in time. So I only smart collections for things. They're going to repeat something. I'm gonna do again in the future, that I want those images to go into that collection automatically, and I want to have to fuss with them. But I used collections for most everything else. So collections for projects or, in my case, what I want to show you all tomorrow the develop module would be a regular collection that's, not some criteria that can be met automatically.

Class Description

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