[Laura's Lightroom workshops on video are] superb and a great value. Laura Shoe is a natural as a teacher with a gift for anticipating all likely questions and the ability to deliver explanations in a pleasant-to-listen-to, precise, easy-to-follow manner. The lessons are well thought out, well organized and flawlessly executed. They’re the next best thing to having a great expert at your side. It’s so easy to learn at your own pace – simply pause a lesson, practice what you just learned and, if necessary, repeat until you’ve got it down pat. It’s very easy to locate any particular topic anytime you need to refresh your memory. It’s perfect for both beginners and intermediate level Lightroom users and will impress advanced users as well.
Join me Saturday, March 1, as I develop photos in Lightroom in this free webinar. Learn how to get beautiful results by mastering the most important panel in Lightroom’s Develop module – the Basic panel. I’ll then work several photos from start to finish, sharing my approach to decision making when developing, and demonstrating many of the powerful tools available to you, such as the HSL panel, healing brush, adjustment brush and radial filter tool.
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In this article, I’ll explain:
- How to assign pick and reject flags
- How to see just your picks, rejects or unflagged photos
- How to delete rejects.
How to Assign Pick and Reject Flags
Start by selecting the folder of photos you want to sort through in the Folders panel. In any of the Library module’s views, such as Grid (G) or Loupe (E) view, in the toolbar below your photo you can display pick and reject flags. If you don’t see these flags in the toolbar, click on the downward triangle to the right and choose “Flagging”. If you don’t see your toolbar at all, type “T” to reveal it.
To assign a flag to one photo, select your photo and click on the pick or reject flag in the toolbar. To remove a flag from a photo, click again on the flag in the toolbar that you assigned. You can also use shortcuts: “P” for Pick, “X” for Reject, and “U” to unflag a photo. Once you assign a flag, in Grid view and in the filmstrip you’ll see it in the top left of your photo:
Notice also that rejected photos become grayed out in the grid and filmstrip. This is just another visual cue to you that they have the reject flag — they are still there in your folder and in Lightroom, and you can always change your mind and unflag them or Pick them.
To assign the same flag to many photos, go to Grid view (G), select the photos, and click on the flag in the toolbar or type a shortcut. Note that this will not work in Loupe view!
How to See Just Your Rejected, Picked or Unflagged Photos
Below the toolbar in the filmstrip, there is a handy Filter feature. It may start out collapsed, like mine below. If so, click where it says “Filter:” (green box ) to expand it so that you can see stars, flags, etc.
To see just your picks, unflagged photos, or rejects, click on that flag in the filter bar. (You may have to click twice – once to activate the filter bar, once to select the flag status you want). To turn off the filter and return to seeing all photos, click on that same flag in the filter bar.
You may notice as you hover over the flags in the filter bar that you get tooltip “hints”. I recommend for just this one case in Lightroom that you don’t read them – they always say “Filter on flag status (any flag status)”, and in my opinion are therefore confusing.
Be careful to click on the flags in the Toolbar to assign information to photos, and in the Filter bar to view subsets of photos. In workshops I teach, when students are assigning flags and stars to photos, they often click on flags or stars in the filter bar and are surprised when their photos disappear from view.
Once I work through a shoot assigning Pick and Reject flags, I then check to make sure that I didn’t miss any — I filter on just my unflagged photos. I then work through these remaining unflagged photos, flagging them. Note that as you flag them, they will disappear from view, since they don’t meet the filter condition of being unflagged! (Some people like to work through the whole shoot with the Unflagged filter on – photos flagged disappear from view, and you can focus on just what’s left.)
Next, I turn off the “unflagged” filter by clicking back on the center “unflagged” filter flag, and then I look at just my rejects, by clicking on the third flag in the filter bar. After I double-check my rejects and delete those I want to, I turn off the Reject filter by clicking again on the Reject flag. This takes me back to seeing all photos. If I want to now just focus on my Picks, I can click on the Pick flag in the filter bar.
Final hint on filtering: When you click on a filter flag, it gets a little bit brighter to indicate that it is on. However, this can be hard to see, and you may get confused about which ones are turned on. To control what photos you see (i.e. filter based on), you can also right-click in the filter flag area and choose any subset (“Flagged” means “Picked”, “Any Flag Status” turns the flag filters off.)
How to Delete Rejected Photos
When you are in a folder of photos, you can filter on rejected photos, select all (Ctl/Cmd-A), and then hit the Delete key on your keyboard. You’ll be given the choice to Remove or Delete from Disk. Remove will remove from Lightroom, but they will remain on your hard drive. Delete from Disk, which I recommend 99% of the time, will also delete them from your hard drive.
Another way to accomplish the same thing without having to filter and select first, is to go up to Photo in the menu bar (top left of your Lightroom screen), and choose Delete Rejected Photos... This will take you to the same Remove / Delete from Disk dialog.
Note that if you are in a collection of photos rather than a folder, deleting becomes more complicated. Right-click on one of the photos you want to delete and choose Go to Folder in Library, and delete from within the folder.
Finally, sometimes I don’t delete all my rejects. I delete the no-brainers, but I keep the others just in case I change my mind later. In this case I stack them together. Read my article on stacking photos in Lightroom for more details.
I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a video tutorial for Adobe showing how to easily combine multiple photos into a panorama using Photoshop’s Photomerge feature (available in Photoshop CSx as well as CC.) In the video I also give some tips for how to photograph panoramas.
To access the tutorial, go to the Adobe Photoshop panorama help page where you can download my sample images and follow along as you watch the video. If you enjoy the video, please do click on the “Let us know what you think” feedback link on that page to let Adobe know!
Some day I hope that we will be able to make panoramas directly in Lightroom, but at this point it does require Photoshop (or another program.) In the video I do explain how to select photos in Lightroom and launch Photoshop’s Photomerge feature from there.
- Create and update a copyright and contact information “metadata preset”
- Apply your preset to photos as you import them
- View copyright and contact information for your photos using the Metadata panel in the Library module
- Apply your preset to any selected photos in the Library module.
Note that this copyright and contact information tags along with your photos in the file properties data — it is not written across your photos. To write information onto your photos themselves, use the Watermarking functionality in the Export dialog.
For those of you who prefer written instructions rather than watching a video, here’s an article from a couple years ago explaining how to create and apply a copyright metadata preset.
Once you export a copy of your photo, here’s how you can verify that the copyright information is there: on a PC in Windows Explorer / My Computer right-click on the photo and choose Properties. You’ll find the information on the Details tab. On a Mac, in Finder right-click on your photo and choose Get Info.
Related Post: Video Tutorial on Watermarking Photos
Thank you for all your support in 2013.
I wish you a creative, healthy and happy 2014!
Must See Video Tutorial: Using the Folders Panel to Reorganize and Manage Your Photos and Folders
A small light in your subject’s eyes reflective of the sun or other light source can really add life to your portraits. If these catch lights aren’t there naturally, you can add them using Lightroom. The technique I show in this video tutorial uses the adjustment brush, with positive Exposure, and sometimes positive Shadows and negative Saturation.
(For best quality, hit Play, and then click on the sprocket wheel ( )in the bottom right of the video and choose 720/HD.)
Related post: Video Tutorial Lesson on the Adjustment Brush (recorded with Lightroom 3, but still applicable.)
The Lightroom team has announced the availability of the official release for Lightroom 5.3. This free update to Lightroom 5 contains bug fixes, new camera support, new lens profiles and a few new Develop shortcuts. When you open Lightroom, you should be prompted to update — download the file and double-click on it to run it. If you aren’t prompted to update, go to Help > Check for Updates. To verify that you have indeed installed the update, in the menu bar go to Help. The last option should say “About Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3″.
If you use Photoshop CC, be sure to update to Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 as well.
Lightroom 5.3 Develop Module Tweaks:
To maintain parity with Adobe Camera Raw 8.3, which was also released tonight, there are a few new Develop shortcuts:
For those of you who use Auto White Balance, which analyzes your image data to determine a “best guess” white balance value, the following new shortcuts will come in handy:
- Shift+double-clicking on the Temp or Tint slider label sets each to its Auto White Balance value.
- Shift+double-clicking on the White Balance label sets the Temp and Tint sliders to their Auto White Balance settings and the WB menu to “Auto”. (This is different from the existing behavior of Opt/Alt-clicking or double-clicking on the WB label, which resets the Temp and Tint sliders to their “As Shot” values, and the WB menu to “As Shot”.)
Similarly, if you want Lightroom to set Whites and Blacks automatically to maximize the range of tones from white to black, the following shortcut will be useful. (I still recommend setting Whites and Blacks last, as per this article.)
- Shift+double-clicking to set the auto values for the Whites and Blacks sliders will now take into account current non-default settings, as well as other factors such as the current crop.
Lightroom 5.3 New Camera Support:
Canon EOS M2, Canon PowerShot S120, Casio EX-10, Fujifilm XQ1, Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon 1 AW1, Nikon Coolpix P7800, Nikon Df, Nikon D610, Nikon D5300, Nokia Lumia 1020, Olympus OM-D E-M1, Olympus STYLUS 1, Panasonic DMC-GM1, Pentax K-3, Phase One IQ260, Phase One IQ280, Sony A7 (ILCE-7), Sony A7R (ILCE-7R), Sony DSC-RX10. (* Denotes preliminary support)
Thank you, Adobe, for the Olympus OM-D Em-1 support, as I just bought one!
Today December 31 is the last day of Adobe’s Black Friday / Cyber Monday Deal for people who don’t yet own at least Photoshop CS3+ on the Creative Cloud Photoshop Photography Program, which includes:
- Photoshop CC
- Lightroom 5 (and updates)
- 20GB of online storage
- Behance ProSite
- Access to training resources on Creative Cloud Learn
- Ongoing updates and upgrades
The deal is for US $9.99/month with a 12-month commitment. For those who don’t mind going with Adobe’s subscription model, this is indeed a great deal! If you miss this Black Friday / Cyber Monday $9.99 deal, your options are to get Photoshop CC (plus 3-6 above), for $19.99/month, the Complete Cloud, for $49.99/month, or to purchase the old stand-alone version – Photoshop CS6.
If you own Photoshop CS3+, you have through December 31, 2013 to get this $9.99/month price.
Note that while once you subscribe your price guarantee lasts only a year, Adobe has stated that while prices may go up in the future for things like inflation, they do not plan to increase your rate from $9.99 to the regular $19.99 — $9.99 becomes your going rate.