Find files faster
George Cairns explains how to find files quickly using filters and ratings
free app (View NX-i) enables us to transfer images from an attached Nikon camera into chronologically labelled folders in our computer’s Pictures directory. As we have to rely on our memories of when a particular picture was captured, most of us find ourselves flicking through folders in search of a shot at some point. Fortunately, we can sort the wheat from the photographic chaff using Capture NX-D’s Ratings, Labels and Filters tools.
To make the most of Capture NX-D’s Filter tools you’ll need to spend time adding labels and ratings to your photos. The best time to do this is just after you’ve imported them, as this is when you’ll first peruse your pictures on a big screen. As you cycle through the images you can add star ratings, and by giving favourite shots a higher rating and leaving rejects with no stars at all, you can begin a quality-control process that will be useful at the filtering stage. You can also colour-code photos and assign a numerical label to them.
Once you’ve labelled or rated photos you can use Capture NX-D’s filtering tools to display thumbnails that match certain criteria. You can even find shots from specific Nikon models or images captured using a certain shutter speed, for example.