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Video Tutorial: How to Find Your Photos in Lightroom

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.

Check out the complete Lightroom Fundamentals & Beyond video series here.

2017-08-02T11:27:38+00:00 April 8th, 2012|7 Comments


  1. John April 9, 2012 at 9:39 am - Reply

    Thanks, this is good tutorial. I suppose that now I know everything about filters in LR.

  2. Linda June 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    great tutorial.. Thanks

  3. Bernie October 6, 2015 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks Laura, this answered my queries on finding photos and more
    Great video, well done

  4. Eric December 20, 2016 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Laura. You are a wonderful teacher and have saved me so much time and headache! All the best!

    • Laura Shoe December 24, 2016 at 9:05 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Eric – thank you for your wonderful note!

  5. Sharon Nahill February 13, 2018 at 11:22 am - Reply

    As usual, a timely and clear explanation of some very confusing improvements. Thank you for all you do. Really.

    • Laura Shoe February 14, 2018 at 1:05 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome – and thank you, Sharon!

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