Feb 072014
Lightroom Flags - Pick and Reject
Lightroom comes with three tools to help you mark photos as you sort through them — pick and reject flags, rating stars (1-5) and color labels. If you talk with 10 different photographers, they may have 10 different ways to use these tools. I use pick and reject flags for a first pass to identify keepers and rejects, and then rating stars to identify my best photos. (I reserve color labels for short term projects, or to flag for needed editing in Photoshop.)
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.

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Jan 012014
Sometimes it’s handy to be able to see two or more folders of photos together in Lightroom when you are in Grid View (G) in the Library Module. This is simply a matter of using the Folders panel to select more than one folder. If the folders are all next to each other, click on the first, then Shift-Click on the last. If they are not, click on the first, then Ctrl/Cmd-Click on each of the others.
Thank you for all your support in 2013.
I wish you a creative, healthy and happy 2014!

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Apr 012009

When you import images into the Lightroom Catalog, Lightroom keeps track of where those images live — in what folder, on what hard drive.  This shows in the Folders panel in the Library Module.

Imagine moving the car while your family or friends are  inside the convenience store.  (I confess to having done this once !)  When they walk out, you can imagine that they will be confused, since they weren’t around to see it happen.  It is the same with Lightroom:  if you  move your files and folders while Lightroom isn’t looking, it loses track of them and gets confused. It communicates this problem to you by displaying question marks on your folders, and question marks (Lightroom 4 or earlier) or exclamation points (Lightroom 5) on your individual photo thumbnails.   If you use Mac Finder,  Windows Explorer or any other utility to move, rename or delete your files or folders, Lightroom can’t see that you have moved, renamed or deleted them.

The solution is simple:  do any moving, renaming or deleting of files and folders within Lightroom.  In the Folders panel you can click on a folder and drag it inside of another folder, on any hard drive that Lightroom is aware of.    This physically moves your folders and images just like using Finder or Explorer would, but Lightroom is able to keep up with you.  If you want to move selected images from one folder to another, click on the folder they currently are in so that they show up in Grid (thumbnail) view.    Click on the thumbnail and drag the image to another folder in the Folders panel.  To rename a folder, right-click on it and choose Rename.

If  you do get a question mark on a folder, right-click (ctl-click on a one button Mac mouse) on it and choose “Find Missing Folder”.  Unfortunately this doesn’t mean that Lightroom will find your missing folder — it means that you can find it, and click on it to show Lightroom where it now lives.  Once you do this,  the question mark will go away.   If you get a question mark (or exclamation point in Lightroom 5) on an individual image, click on the question mark / exclamation point next to the thumbnail, and choose “Locate Missing File”.   Point to the file in its new location.  If you in fact deleted the file outside of Lightroom, then in Lightroom right-click on the image and choose Remove, to remove it from Lightroom’s catalog.

At least Lightroom doesn’t get angry, like friends or family sometimes do!

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