How I review my Santorini photo selections in Lightroom

This is an extract from Lightroom of my initial image selection. This is the Santorini 2017 folder.

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2442 images taken. 762 separate image captures - these are bracketed sets of three images (with the odd exception). The 491 picks equate to 108 individual images.

I have decided to revisit my initial image selection now that I have my new website, photos of Santorini under construction

The initial selection was done 12 months ago, and needs reviewing as what I am going to do with the images has changed. It might be fairer to say that now I know what I am going to do with the images!

How do I revisit the images I chose to edit?

As you can see from the screenshot above, I organise my images into Picks and Rest. The Picks not edited folder is just that - images that I changed my mind about, which is fine.

Now I have potentially new images to select how do I keep track of them?

I start by creating a new sub-folder in Lightroom. Here it is.

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And by calling it "New picks July 2018" I know exactly what the folder is for. Once I have completed the editing process I will get rid of this folder - it is just a working folder for now.

Lightroom Tip Number 1 - use Lightroom just as you would other folders in Windows - it works in exactly the same way and performs exactly the same functions. (For Mac users that would be Finder I believe).

Don't worry about the extra images - I will explain later.

How did I physically select these additional images in Lightroom?

In the Library Module in Lightroom, using the Loupe view (Lightroom keyboard shortcut E), I went to the Rest folder, and went though the images one by one. If I liked an image I hit P (the Lightroom keyboard shortcut for Pick) on my keyboard, and the image is assigned a little white flag.

Not surrender - a flag that shows that image that someone (me) likes them!

Once I have gone through the images I needed to reconcile the new picks with the old picks.

To do this I went to the Picks folder, used the Lightroom keyboard shortcut Ctrl A to select all the images, then hit P again.

Next I go to the Santorini 2017 parent folder, which has all the images from all of the folders. I want to view the images from these two folders only, and remove any duplicates or images that are too similar to the ones already selected.

This is where the filters in Lightroom come in, which are very useful.

In the Library Module, I now have the images in Grid view (Lightroom keyboard shortcut G). The keyboard shortcut for the filter bar is \. Next click on the white flag (remember - the symbol for a picked images?), and boom all the picks are there. And only the picks.

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Lightroom is not just a powerful editing tool - it has a very powerful Library Module with excellent search capabilities.

The problem now is that there are some very similar images that I do not want.

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All I do is zoom in a bit (moving the thumbnail slider bottom right over to the right), and use the Lightroom keyboard shourtcut U to "Unpick" the images that I do not want to spend time editing.

This is my benchmark for picking an image or not - am I prepared to spend the time editing the image, and do I want to publish this image on my website?

And here are the new images to edit.

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If you are wondering why the thumbnails have a number 4 next to them this is because I forgot to do a screen shot of the images before I did the HDR Merge.

And finally a bit of housekeeping in Lightroom.

The important but boring bit. Keeping the files where they should be. I need to move the images that I do not want back to the "Rest" folder - to do this I click on the white flag in the filter bar, and then click on the flag in the middle.

The white flag is Picks, the black flag on the right is rejects, and the flag in the middle is neither pick nor reject. Click on that flag and the 4 images that I do not want are there - I just use Control A and drag and drop them in the "Rest" folder.

It is very important to keep on top of where images are - imagine not doing any of this and having to sort things out years down the line.

This is the big mistake that I amde back in the days of Lightroom 1.0. It is so quick to move things around in Lightroom these days, so best do it at the time.

Thats all for now - tomorrow less technical talk and more about the images that I have chosen.

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