Although you can certainly use the Keyword List panel to search for images tagged with specific keywords, it might be easier to use the shortcut Command + F (Mac) | Control + F (Win) in the Library Module to enable the Text Filter. Choose Keywords from the drop-down list and type in the desired keyword. Note: the Keywords drop-down is persistent so the next time you use the shortcut, you will only be searching on keywords.
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To quickly create a collection from a folder of images in Lightroom, drag the folder from the Folders panel into the Collections panel. If you drag a folder that contains subfolders, it will create a single collection including all of the files in the parent folder and all subfolders.
I ran across this plug in (Duplicate Finder) and although I have not used it myself, I thought I would post the link because so many people ask me how to remove duplicate files from Lightroom. Please let me know what you think of the plug-in if you use it.
Lightroom has the ability to automatically import files using a watched folder. To enable this feature, in the Library module, choose File > Auto Import and customize the Auto Import settings. This might be an alternative to tethered capture if your camera is not supported (although auto import can only copy files to a single, flat folder as its destination).
Did you know that you can have Lightroom automatically display all of the images in a catalog that are missing keywords or has an Unknown Copyright Status? Or, that you can have Lightroom show you all of your best images in the past 90 days? If not, it’s time to explore Smart Collections! As you can see in the screen shots below, there are numerous settings that can help Lightroom create task-oriented Smart Collections of images to expedite your workflow.
I often download files into a folder, import them into Lightroom and then find that I have additional files to add to that folder. When this happens, I simply copy the additional files into that folder using the operating system. Then, in Lightroom, I Control -click (Mac) | Right Mouse -click (Win) on the folder in the Folder panel and choose Synchronize Folder (or choose Library > Synchronize Folder). In the Synchronize folder dialog, you can choose to display the import dialog to add additional metadata or toggle it off and add any necessary metadata in the Library module.
If files and/or folders have been moved using the operating system (instead of from within Lightroom), Lightroom will lose the link to the file and display a warning icon (!) next to the missing image in the Grid view (as well as in the Histogram panel) or next to missing folder in the Folder panel.
Clicking on the “!” icon will allow you to locate and re-link any files (Lightroom will prompt you to find the files that you moved. In the subsequent dialog, be sure to check the option to Find nearby missing photos if more than one image from the same folder is missing).
You can re-link folders that have been moved or renamed by Control (Mac) / right mouse -clicking on the folder name in the Folders panel and selecting Find Missing Folder.
To view all missing files in your library, you can also choose Library > Find All Missing Photos and then relink them.
I’m often asked if Lightroom’s panels can be moved to a secondary screen like you can do in Photoshop. And, while you can’t physically separate the panels in Lightroom and move them, Lightroom does have the option to use two monitors to display images. This video was recorded with a previous version of Lightroom but the information is still valid today. Click here to learn how to take advantage of using the different display options to compare images using multiple views, achieve a consistent look between images, and use two monitors in a sales environment.
There is a new Preference in Lightroom to control whether or not Lightroom displays the files as they are being imported. Choosing Preferences > General > Import Options and checking “Select the ‘Current/Previous Import’ Collection During Import” tells Lightroom to display the images being imported (by revealing that collection in the Catalog Panel in the Library module). If you uncheck the preference, Lightroom will keep the focus on the last previously viewed images (prior to Import), avoiding any interruption by switching folders/collections.
In this video tutorial, (Sharing Images online with Lighroom 5), Julieanne will demonstrate the many ways that Lightroom can help you share your images including creating web galleries, automating photo sharing (via Publish Services), and quickly sending images via email.
There is a new command in Lightroom 5 that will verify the integrity of any Adobe created DNG files (Library>Validate DNG Files). If it finds any invalid DNG files, they will automatically be placed in a special collection.
This validation is helpful when we want to check to make sure that files haven’t been corrupted after copying then from one drive to another. It can also be helpful if we want to know with certainty if anything has changed in the original source image. If something has changed, then we know that something has gone wrong and it can (hopefully) be solved before more damage is done (like additional files are copied or changed).
It’s important to note that the data that Lightroom is verifying is the “original source image” – which, in a DNG file is never supposed to change. Lightroom is checking this information independently of the other information (that may have changed) in the file.
Here is a little more detail (and please understand that this is a bit of an oversimplification): the DNG file contains many different “kinds” of information. It’s helpful to imagine that the DNG file is really more like a file cabinet and each different “kind” of information is stored in a different folder in that cabinet. This enables certain segments of the file (one folder) to be altered independently of another segment (or folder).
For example, if you add IPTC data to a DNG file (by adding keywords, copyright etc.), the data in the IPTC folder changes, but the source image data (which is stored in another folder), remains unchanged. Even when you make edits to a DNG file in Lightroom’s Develop module (or Photoshop’s Camera Raw plug-in), all of the changes are made to the DNG file (as a set of instructions) and are stored in a separate folder so as not to change the original source image data. It’s then up to the software – PS or LR to take the original source data and then apply the set of instructions (from the other folder) and display the results on screen so that it “appears” as if the changes have been made when, in fact, the original source information has not been touched. Of course the benefit of not touching the original is that the entire workflow is then non-destructive: the changes can be modified or removed at any time without changing the original source data.
So, it’s the best of both worlds, you can now validate an Adobe DNG file to confirm that the source image data has not changed, yet still make changes to other information in the file in order to add metadata and enhance the image.
Note: Only DNG files created by Adobe software can be validated (camera-‐created DNGs cannot be validated because they do not contain the necessary checksum).
For more information, be sure to check out Peter Krogh’s in depth explanation.
Hierarchical keywords are written in a much more logical (and visually obvious) manner in Lightroom 5.
For example if we have the parent keyword “Flower” and want to add the child keyword “Rose” it would be represented as:
Flower > Rose
In addition, it can also be written as:
Rose < Flower
They both result in the same keywords applied, with Flower as the parent and Rose as the child (notice that the “>” is changing direction between the two examples).
In this video tutorial (Creating Custom Collections of Images in Lightroom 5), Julieanne will show you how to simplify the creation of virtual groups of images using Collections, Smart Collections and Collection Sets in Lightroom.
In this video tutorial (Organize Your Images), you’ll learn how to organize your images in Lightroom using the Folder panel so that finding, moving and editing your images is a breeze.
In this video tutorial (Importing Your Images into Lightroom 5), Julieanne will reveal how to quickly download and import your images into Lightroom. Then, you can decide which method is the most efficient for your workflow.