Organizing Photos for Efficient Editing in Lightroom
All right. So now you should be in lightroom and you should have all of your photos imported. The next step is to organize them so that if you walk away and come back, it's just easy to find the right photos that you should edit. As I mentioned, I've already organized these photos. So these are fairly organized. But if you had imported all of your photos, you would need to be able to quickly find the ones that are your selects. The ones that you want to work with and not lightroom has several ways to organize photos. One is in the library in the folders which we've talked about. The other is by giving your photos a rating which you can see here, the star rating underneath the big window, you also have a flag which can be turned on or off. It's just flagging or unflagging and then there's these color labels that we can give them. My process is typically I go through my photos and I'll just go one at a time using my keyboard, right and left buttons and the photos that I like. I'll give l...
ike a rating four and I can do that with a keyboard shortcut number four on your keyboard. 12345, gives you the different ratings. The ones I'm maybe iffy about, I'll put three and the ones that I know for sure I'm not going to use, I'll put as one or just leave without a rating. These are all my select, so these would actually all be fours or fives, fives are the ones that I know for sure, for sure. I'm going to work with. You can use the rate star ratings however you want. So I would just go through here go 5555. This one maybe is a four, this one's a 3333444 and maybe it's like I know that this photo itself is a really great photo and that's gonna be for sure one of the ones that I send a client back, but this one maybe not. So that's a three for example. And I'm just doing this randomly because I want to show you now, we can use these filters up here in this tray to filter only my five star photos, anything with a four star or above, only three stars or above or you can click this little button to be equal to three stars. So here's my three star photos, here's my four star photos. So this helps us to quickly filter our photos and the ones that we like. The next thing I would do is, I'm going to turn this off because I wanna show all these photos is give it a color label and this just helps visually see which photos should be grouped together, especially for real estate photography where we're doing multiple photos. We're we're doing the Flambe method or just any bracketing option where we're combining photos. So see how we have these four photos of this bedroom, those all go together, right? So I'm going to select all four of these by clicking one and then shift, clicking the next one, right, clicking and giving it a color label. So I'm going to just set red. It doesn't matter really to me what color I'm using. I'm just trying to visually organize these. So when I look at the photo tray, I know they go together. So for example, I would set this next set of three to yellow, this next shot of the kitchen set to green. So now you can see how easy it is to see which photos go together. The last way to rate a photo basically is to turn the flag on or off. I reserved this for later on and I'll show you that in just a second. But some people use this just to show the photos that they like and and don't like. So basically selects or non select and similarly, you can filter by flag down here. I'm going to open up my catalog that has all of the original files and edits to show you what that looks like. So I'm gonna go up to file open recent. And my last catalog that I used is the one that contains all of those original files and a bunch of other projects and photos that I've worked on. So you'll see how I organized there in just a second. All right. So this has opened up and on the left hand side, I can scroll down and you can see all of my collections and I've actually created sub collections or sub folders for some of these fo folders. And to do that, you would first create a collection set, which is sort of like the master folder, the higher up folder and then your sub folders would be collections. And so I have a video school folder for all of my work related to video school. And then I have this real estate photography folder and this is where I put all of the photos from these two shoots, which you can see if I go through and just click through, you can see all the photos from the class and then you'll see that some of them have five star rating down below. Some don't have a rating, some have one star, you'll see some that have a color label as well. But now if I just went through and I clicked the five star filter, it pops up all of the photos that have five star filter. These are all the ones that I know I want to work with and edit with. And I've added all of those five star photos to a separate folder called real estate photography top, which makes it super quick to get to those top photos now. So here they are in this folder. Now, let me turn off that five star rating, not that it really matters, but here you'll also see for this shoot of my current house, how I've given a color label to many of these photos that go together. So for example, this photo here these all go together, these yellow ones, these all go together, right? You'll also notice perhaps that I have a flag. And the reason I use the flag is when I create a new photo using Photoshop, which is a step you'll see in this, in this class. What happens is I'm combining multiple photos and then it creates a new version of that photo and reimport it into lightroom and that becomes this combo photo and I set that as a flag, I flag it. So I know that this is the com combined photo. I know that's getting a little bit advanced. And so you'll see that process later in the course and it'll make a lot more sense. But really what I want you to just know is that you have the four methods of organization, you have your folders over on the left hand side in your collections, you have the star ratings, you have your color labels and then you have your flags. So now you know a little bit more about organizing photos in lightroom. We're going to continue in the next lesson to developing and I'll show you the basics of editing photos in lightroom. See you there.