Selecting the images that I want to keep and work on in Adobe Lightroom CC. Or culling my images.

OK. I have imported my images onto my hard drives. Now I have hundreds of images to look at. 500 pictures of Rhodes.

Do I want to keep 500 pictures?


So this is what I do in Adobe Lightroom CC to cull my images

Firstly, I press shift and tab, which gets rid of the side panels, which I don’t need for choosing my keepers.

I zoom in on the thumbnails so I have 6-8 images on screen. This is fine with a larger monitor. I want to be able to see the images around me, and also check the bracketed set of three to see if there is anything worth keeping.

You have to remember that this the object of this exercise is to get rid of all the unnecessary files, leaving me just the good stuff to concentrate on.

I then go through the images, one by one, and either press P for Pick, X for reject, or nothing if I am not sure. Once I have gone through the whole set of images I delete the rejects, then go through them one more time. If I am still not sure about an image it goes.

So what am I looking for? How do I decide what to get rid of? Well these things are my considerations

  • Is the image technically incorrect
  • Is this a duplicate image?
  • Is the photo plain rubbish?
  • Do I really want to edit the image?
  • Do I really want to share this photo?

If the answer is yes, If an image survives this thought process, then it stays.

Once I have a final chosen set I delete the rest of the files, and then add keywords specific to the images. I will then rate the images (more to come on this) as images I want to work on.

This set of images is available on my phone and the web for viewing and working on.

Final thing that I do is move them to a folder (not really necessary in Lightroom but I like to do this) – the set of pictures of Rhodes for example will go in a folder called, erm, Rhodes 2016 in my worldwide folder.

I don’t rename the files, as I don’t see the point – I will do this when I output a file for use on the web or something like that.

So that is my image selection/ rejection process.

Now onto the fun stuff – editing.

One final word – it is hard to concentrate on the import and selection processes – I always want to import new photos then get straight into editing, but I have to say that by adopting this process I have produced higher quality new photography work, so this works for me.

Thanks for reading this post, and call back to my blog tomorrow for some newly edited pictures of Rhodes at