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

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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,

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