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If you’re like most photographers, you come home from a shooting session with hundreds, if not thousands of photos waiting to be processed. Once you’ve imported everything into your computer, your next task is to go through all of them to find the few diamonds in the rough worthy of the time and energy it takes to process. On first glance, organization can look like a daunting task, but Adobe’s software makes it easier than ever. Here are a few tips on how to organize photos in Lightroom so you can make your workflow as efficient as possible.
Use the Rating or Flagging Systems
One of the nice things about Lightroom is the built-in rating system that allows you to prioritize your photos based on quality. As you’re going through the images from your import, simply use the numbers on your keyboard to assign a rating of 1 to 5 stars for each one so you can easily go back to the best ones without sifting through thousands of rejects. If you find the star system too ambiguous, you can also flag photographs using the keyboard shortcut of P for accept and X for reject.
Once you’ve edited your photos, the next step is to organize them so you can find the finished products easily if you need to revisit them for additional edits in the future. One of the best ways to do this is to create a collection, which acts as a virtual photo album. Use the grid view to see all of your photographs, hold the control or command key and click on each one you’d like to add to the collection. With all of your chosen images selected, go to the library drop-down menu and click “new collection.” Give it a unique name and use the “include selected photos” option. Click the create button and you’re done.
Be an Organized Photographer
These are just a few ideas for how to organize photos in Lightroom, but this software offers plenty of different ways to keep track of your work. One of the reasons this program is so beloved by photographers is because it acts as a digital asset manager, which is something you don’t get with PhotoShop and other similar products. With a good organizational system in place, you’ll be able to quickly navigate through your entire catalog and find your desired image with limited searching. If you can’t find the perfect photo in any of your collections, Shutterstuck has an entire database full of royalty-free photos available for purchase.