Lightroom can perform amazingly fast searches for your photos. When I search for my winter tree photos in my catalog of over 30,000 photos, Lightroom will display the results before I can even snap my fingers. Of course I have to have taken the time to keyword my photos first!
Lightroom can search on more than just keywords. In fact you can search on just about any information about your photos that you can imagine — camera and exposure information, file name and type, stars and other attributes, location, and much, much more.
Rather than write a long article on how to search for your photos in Lightroom, here is a video tutorial in which I show you. It is one of the 56 videos in my Lightroom 4 Fundamentals & Beyond video series, available for purchase. Update: Here’s the updated Lightroom CC/6 and 5: The Fundamentals & Beyond.
Note that this lesson applies to all versions of Lightroom since Lightroom 2. Once you click on the play button, increase the quality to 720p by clicking on the wheel to the right of (CC) in the bottom right. Rest assured, the size is larger and the quality are higher in the series available for purchase.