Sort things out

Use the tools in Light­room’s Li­brary mod­ule to or­gan­ise your photos and make them eas­ier to man­age and find. Ge­orge Cairns gets you started

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Learn how to sort your im­ages within Light­room’s Li­brary mod­ule

If you’ve im­ported thou­sands of photos into Light­room, you may be daunted by the chal­lenge of find­ing spe­cific files. For­tu­nately, Light­room is packed full of tools to help you lo­cate the im­age you want.

In is­sue 45 we demon­strated how to add se­lected photos to Col­lec­tions, so you could group im­ages to­gether in a sim­i­lar way to putting prints into a photo al­bum. We also demon­strated how to use the Smart Col­lec­tions fea­ture to dis­play files ac­cord­ing to spe­cific meta­data cri­te­ria.

Light­room dis­plays all of your im­ages ac­cord­ing to the date they were cap­tured, so you could sim­ply scroll back and rely on your mem­ory of when par­tic­u­lar im­ages were taken, but as we’ll ex­plain over the next few is­sues, there are much more ef­fi­cient ways to or­gan­ise and search for files.

We’ll start by ex­am­in­ing quick and easy ways to sort your photos us­ing rat­ings and flags, so you can be­gin the qual­ity-con­trol process by high­light­ing your favourites, while mark­ing oth­ers for rejection. We’ll also show you how to fil­ter the photos in the Grid view to dis­play im­ages that match spe­cific cri­te­ria con­tained in each photo’s meta­data. In the com­ing months we’ll move on to ex­plore more ad­vanced ways of or­gan­is­ing photos, us­ing tools such as key­words and geo-tag­ging.

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