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Lightroom: Browsing Images in Local Storage

Lesson 20 from: The Streamlined Lightroom Workflow

Jared Platt

Lightroom: Browsing Images in Local Storage

Lesson 20 from: The Streamlined Lightroom Workflow

Jared Platt

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20. Lightroom: Browsing Images in Local Storage

<b>In this lesson you will learn all about the new capability (the long awaited capability) for Lightroom to be able to work on Locally Stored images, without sending them to the cloud.</b>


Class Trailer



Lightroom Ecosystem Overview


Lightroom Ecosystem Image Delivery Details


Lightroom Introductions


Lightroom Application Names


Lightroom Classic Getting Started


Lightroom Classic: Importing


Lightroom Classic: Selecting


Lightroom Classic: Organizing Images


Lightroom Classic: Adjusting Images


Lightroom Classic: Cleaning Up


Lightroom Classic: Sharing Images


Lightroom Classic: Archiving Images


Lightroom Classic: Workflow Review


Lightroom Classic: Bonus - Cloud Files Location


Lightroom Classic: Bonus - Fixing Synchronization Errors


Lightroom Classic: Cleaning Up the Cloud


Lightroom: Introduction


Lightroom: Importing Images


Lightroom: Browsing Images in Local Storage


Lightroom: Organizing Images


Lightroom: Copying Images to the Cloud


Lightroom: Adjusting Images


Lightroom: Masking


Lightroom: Making an AI Preset


Lightroom: Synchronizing Adjustments and Masks


Lightroom: Sorting and Finding Images


Lightroom: Sharing Images


Lightroom: Archiving Images


Lightroom: Workflow Review


Lightroom: Importing Presets and Profiles


Lightroom Mobile: Workflow Introduction


Lightroom Mobile: Settings


Lightroom Mobile: Overview


Lightroom Mobile: Albums, Collections, and the Cloud


Lightroom Mobile: Importing Local Images


Lightroom Mobile: Importing Images


Lightroom Mobile: Albums and Searching


Lightroom Mobile: Selecting Images


Lightroom Mobile: Organizing Images


Lightroom Mobile: Archiving


Lightroom Mobile: Editing Images


Lightroom Mobile: Editing Across the Cloud


Lightroom Mobile: Sharing Images


Lightroom Mobile: Finding the Best Photos Feature


Lightroom Mobile: Presets and Profiles


Lightroom Mobile: Workflow Review


Putting it All Together


Lesson Info

Lightroom: Browsing Images in Local Storage

1 So we have our images in the hard drive, 2 which means that we can start browsing them from Lightroom. 3 We don't even have to import them. 4 So when I come into Lightroom, 5 you can see that there are two options here. 6 So there's the cloud option here, 7 and then there's the local option here. 8 If I were to import something, 9 we would find it in the cloud option, 10 but I haven't imported anything. 11 So I'm gonna click on this local option. 12 And when I click on local, you can see 13 that I could browse this disc if I wanted, 14 so I could browse the actual camera card, 15 or you can see that I've got this favorites area. 16 So these are favorite folders that I have 17 kind of collected from all of the folders 18 from whatever disc, it doesn't matter what disc it's on. 19 Or I can go to browse, this is where I'm gonna go. 20 I'm gonna go to browse, 21 and I'm gonna go to the photos drive. 22 And in photos gonna go down to photos 23 and look for this Platt portrait that I jus...

t imported. 24 Now notice if I click on that folder, 25 it does not show the photos. 26 I can't see 'em because it doesn't look 27 at the interior folders like Lightroom Classic does. 28 So I actually have to go in and click on the raw folder, 29 and now I start to see all of the images. 30 So here we are, I've got my portrait, 31 they're starting to pop in, 32 and I'm getting a a first look at what's in there. 33 Now you've seen Lightroom Classics import. 34 This import is much different than that 35 because it's not technically an import, 36 it's just a file browse. 37 That's all I'm doing is browsing the file. 38 So as I browse this file, I can do everything 39 that I would do on an import if I imported it into Lightroom 40 right here from the file browser. 41 So this is actually organized in reverse order. 42 So if I want this, the last photo taken, 43 and then the first photo's down at the bottom. 44 So I have my options of how I'm gonna view 45 this set of photos down here. 46 I can view 'em as a grid, I can view 'em 47 as kind of a comparison side by side, 48 or I can view them one at a time 49 and kind of cycle through 'em. 50 But I can also choose how I'm going to organize 'em 51 by capture, by file name, et cetera. 52 Or I can reverse the order. 53 So I just reverse the order so that I can see 54 how they were actually taken. 55 Let me zoom back out here. 56 So now I can go up to the top. 57 So now that I've got these things ordered 58 and organized by the time that they were shot, 59 I'm gonna go through 'em. 60 But before I go through 'em, let me introduce you 61 to all the different areas here inside of Lightroom. 62 So up at the top, there's a search bar, there's a filter. 63 So I could filter by star ratings and flags, 64 but I haven't done any of that yet. 65 But I could also search by camera model. 66 I could search by the type of the file, et cetera. 67 So there's a lot of search options here. 68 And then at the bottom you'll see again, there's the grid, 69 there's the compare, there's the single image review, 70 the sort order here. 71 And then here is all of your settings, 72 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 stars flags. 73 And then also there's some copy setting stuff here as well 74 that we'll get into a little bit later. 75 And then on the right hand side, you have an info panel 76 that you can see from the bottom right. 77 You can turn on that info panel, 78 and this is where you get info about the photo 79 and you can write in some captions, 80 you can write in copyright information, 81 all that kind of stuff. 82 So you can highlight the entire set of photos 83 by clicking on command A. 84 And now that all of them are highlighted, 85 I can go in to the caption and say, 86 portrait of Indiana Platt, okay. 87 And now it's going to change that to 408 photos. 88 So now all 408 photos are getting that caption. 89 And then also I can change the copyright 90 so that it says copyright to Jared Platt, 2023, okay? 91 And change all those photos. 92 If I go to a photo, you can see that it's got the caption 93 and it's got my copyright on it. 94 Again, I can highlight everything 95 and I could put in GPS information, where it was shot, 96 all that kind of stuff, a title to it. 97 And I can go to the little tag option 98 down here in the bottom right. 99 And now I could write keywords. 100 So I'm just gonna put a keyword of portrait, comma. 101 And you don't have to put a space in here. 102 You just comma this, comma that, comma this, comma that. 103 If you put a space, it becomes a key phrase. 104 So like if I say studio space, lighting, comma. 105 Now that's a key phrase. I can say ProPhoto. 106 And I put a lot more keywords into things because I teach. 107 And so I need to be able to find images 108 that were shot with ProPhoto, that were shot in a studio, 109 et cetera. 110 And so I'm gonna put a lot more in there. 111 So let's see, comma, I'm gonna put model, comma, backdrop. 112 And I'm actually gonna put this backdrop is made by Savage. 113 So it's a Savage backdrop 114 because I want to do a post about that. 115 So I wanna make sure that I can find these 116 based on Savage backdrop. 117 And I'm going to say lighting example and educational. 118 Good, okay. So all of these are going to be affected, yes. 119 Now I've got the keywords on all of these images, 120 not just a couple of the images. 121 All of the images now have those keywords 122 associated with them. 123 So if I go to any of these images, 124 you can see that those keywords are there. 125 If I were to hover over 'em, I could actually 126 click on one and it would remove it 127 from that particular image. 128 Okay, so now that I've done that to all of my images, 129 now I can start getting working on selecting 'em. 130 So that's the very first thing we did. 131 Remember in Lightroom Classic, on the way in, 132 as we imported our images, we highlighted, well, 133 we didn't highlight, we just on the import, we said, 134 all of these images need this set of keywords, 135 they need this information. 136 And so we did that on import. 137 Here we're not importing 'em, so we just highlight 'em all 138 and add all of that now. 139 That way we don't have to do it later, it's already done. 140 So now what we're gonna do is we're gonna go to the top 141 and I'm gonna start adjusting. 142 So these were all just tests, not important. 143 So I'm gonna go, although this one's kind of funny, 144 so I'm gonna actually hit the space bar 145 and that opens this up. 146 Oh, it was blurry, but kind of funny still. 147 Okay, so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna actually start 148 cycling through these. 149 Now, unfortunately, Lightroom doesn't allow you 150 to show these images any bigger than this. 151 So you can see that I can scale up my grid, 152 but my grid at full height is pretty lame. 153 And so you can't really see these very large. 154 And so the best way to cycle through 'em is one at a time, 155 which is not something that I usually teach, 156 but inside of Lightroom, that's the way you have to do it. 157 Now, there are two ways that you can tell this thing 158 to be a pick. 159 So as I cycle through these images, I'm just gonna 160 kind of keep going through 'em until I find one 161 that I start to like there. 162 Okay, so now we're starting to get a photo that I like. 163 And so the Z key is the pick key. 164 So as I hit Z, you'll notice 165 that this little pick icon started. 166 So this little white flag is now flagged 167 because I hit the Z key. 168 It used to be that P was the pick key 169 in Lightroom Classic, still is. 170 But if you're in the new version of Lightroom, 171 you have to hit the Z key. 172 X is reject. 173 And then of course U is unpicked, 174 which is all the way on the other side of the keyboard. 175 So I don't think they did anybody any favors 176 by changing the pick key to the Z key, 177 just so that it would be close to the X key. 178 Z is zoom over in Lightroom Classic. 179 So you just have to remember where you are. 180 So if you're in Lightroom, classic Z is Zoom, P is pick. 181 If you're in Lightroom, Z is pick. 182 And to zoom, you just hit the space bar again, 183 and it zooms in, you can look at it, 184 and then you hit the space bar again, it zooms out. 185 All right, so we're just gonna cycle through, 186 and if I need to zoom in, I'll hit the space bar. 187 But otherwise I'm just gonna hit the Z key to pick. 188 And then if I really like the image, 189 then I'll give it like a one star, a two star, three star 190 by just simply clicking the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 keys. 191 So 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 is the stars, 192 zero is getting back to zero stars. 193 And then pick is the Z key. 194 X is the reject key and you as the unpicked key. 195 So those are all the things that you need to know. 196 And now it's just a matter of cycling through the images 197 and picking anything that you think is valuable, 198 just kind of move through 'em. 199 I'm not a big fan of working this way 200 simply because you don't get to see all of 'em 201 at the same time. 202 And so this is not my favorite way to work. 203 I actually prefer selecting on the iPad 204 'cause the iPad is just a little bit nicer to work on 205 when it comes to Lightroom itself. 206 But this is what we have when it comes 207 to Lightroom versus Lightroom Classic. 208 And so you just have to be okay with working through 209 this methodology when you're using Lightroom. 210 It's kind of a slower way of working, 211 but in the end, it is what we have. 212 I would love it if everybody who watches this class 213 sent in a complaint to Adobe saying it's stupid 214 that we can't increase the size 215 and see our images bigger than this big on our screen. 216 We should have an infinite size on the grid, 217 but they haven't figured that out yet. 218 So when I hit a photo that I really like, 219 I'm gonna give it a two star just so 220 that it kind of pops itself out. 221 So that's a really great smile of hers. 222 So I just gave it a two stars in addition to the pick.

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Bonus Materials

Ratings and Reviews

Milena Marguenski

After giving up on Adobe long time ago (for apparent reasons). I decided to go back with my recent coming back to photography. I’ve been a heavy Photoshop user but never Lightroom’s. Since I signed up I was straggling to decide between the “new” Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. It was obvious LRC is more versatile but I loved the modern, cleaner look of the Lr. At the end I am a visual person :). Jared’s workshop made my decision easier and cleared up the question I asked Google repeatedly about managing Adobe cloud storage. A very comprehensive, easy to understand and fun course. Can’t wait to rearrange my 20+ years photo library. Thank you, Jared!


Jared Platt is the best educator when it comes to explaining how and when to use each program in the Lightroom ecosystem. He knows and explains extremely well the pros, cons, and tricks of using LrC, Lr, & LrMobile together. Most people teach each independently. Jared teaches in depth knowledge of how they interact --amazing!

Chris Lang

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