DIGITAL DARKROOM Keyword your shots
George Cairns shows you how to add keywords to images’ metadata, enabling you to search for specific images using keyword filters later on
There are many ways to locate images in Lightroom. Back in issue 48 we looked at ways to sort your collection of photos by adding ratings and flags. In issue 45 we discussed using the existing metadata in photos to filter them according to certain criteria, such as aspect ratio or camera model. In a future issue we’ll learn how to locate photos according to where they were captured, thanks to the GPS co-ordinates stored in the metadata.
It’s handy to be able to search for files according to coloured labels or shooting locations, but these tools will only go so far. To find a photo according to its actual subject matter, you could try to remember when it was taken and then scroll down through Lightroom’s Grid view in an attempt to identify its thumbnail. Alternatively, you could add keywords to your photos and then use Lightroom’s Filter bar to find the particular pictures in an instant. Guess which option is easier?
Keywords are words that describe the content of a photograph. They can be a place name, a person’s name,