Lightroom Quick Tip - library filters help you to quickly review the content of your Lightroom Catalogue

When I am looking for something in my Lightroom Catalogue, one of the tools I use is Library Filters. 

I have just discovered the tab on the right of the Library Filter panel. 

It is set to Default Columns, but if you click on this text you get more options. I did not know about this! 

They are

Camera info

Exposure info

Filters off


Location columns



I was looking for all my black and white images in my Dorset folder, so did the following

Select my Dorset folder

Press  \ to bring up the Library filter

Click on the text field

Select "Any searchable field", "contains" and in the right hand box I typed in tif. 

And as if by magic there are all my tif files taken in Dorset. 

This selection includes all tif files, not just black and white images, but that is fine as it has narrowed down my search from 1438 i images to 42 in an instant! 

Add them to a collection and I can work on them in Lightroom Mobile on my iPad Pro

Rick McEvoy Photography 

Lightroom TIp of the Week

Friday 17th February 2017

Lightroom Tip of the Week - what exactly is the HDR Merge feature in Lightroom

HDR Merge in Lightroom.

This is where you merge together different exposures of the same scene to produce a natural looking HDR image. 

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range. I will write a post all about HDR, but for now just think of HDR using Lightroom like this. 

If you take a bracketed set of images, using my Canon 6D as an example, the camera takes three images. 

The first image is the correct exposure. 

The second image will be two stops under exposed. Or darker. 

The third image will be two stops over exposed. Or lighter. 

The HDR Merged file using Lightroom will have the darker bits of the dark image, and the lighter bits of the lighter image, and all the other bits in the middle. 

Thats all. 

So that is HDR using LIghtroom explained in a nutshell. 

The point of this post is HDR Merge in Lightroom. I do not use other HDR software. I do my HDR Merges in Lightroom.


Because I like the natural effect and the fact that Lightroom is extending the dynamic range captured in a natural looking image. 

It works for me. 

Have you tried it? If not, do. It's great. And easy to do honest. 

Rick McEvoy Photograpy

Lightroom Tip of the Week- HDR Merge in Lightroom explained. 

Lightroom Tip of the Week – how do I sort out collections in Lightroom?

Yes I know I have written about this before – how do I organise my photos in Lightroom? And in particular the ever increasing number of collections.

Not well is the answer.

I have overthought this. And to be perfectly honest I am fed up. I have not sorted this, and now have endless collections.

Time to act.

Put things back to simple where they should be.

Lets get back to the beginning.

My folder structure is as follows.

1. Import

2. Sort

3. Commercial work

4. Dorset

5. Hampshire

I had to add back in Poole and Sandbanks as separate folders as I wasn't happy with them being within Dorset. For some reason. I know I really should have bigger things to worry about!

So yes I also have

5. Poole

5. Sandbanks

And then we are back on plan.

6. London

7. England

8. World

9. There doesn't appear to be anything in 9. Oh well lets call that future proofing.

10. Working files

99. Personal.

That is it. And this is what I have actually done in Lightroom. Yes I have written about something then actually done it.

So to keep the good work going, I am going to do the same with my collections. Well sort of.

I am going to creat collection sets as follows

1. Portfolio

2. Stock

3. Commercial work

4. Dorset

5. Hampshire

6. London

7. England

8. World

9. Web pages

10. Years

Each Collection set will have the following collections within it.

  • To edit
  • Edited
  • Black and white
  • Others as and when needed.

I will try this and see how it goes. Basically I have endless collections, so many I can’t keep up with where I am up to.

The Portfolios folder will have the following sub-folders

  • BIPP 2016

And significantly

  • 2017 Top 10 – this is where I will start my best of 2017 collection. I know organised or what?

So I am trying to make Lightroom work for me.

This is another thing that I have sorted for the future by stopping and thinking about it.

And guess what. Whilst writing this I just got on with it. But it is one thing to have an idea, another actually doing it. I had a quick think about how best to approach this incredibly tedious task, the need for which I created entirely myself. And the answer came to me.

How do I sort all these collections?


I created a new Collection Set called “Collections to sort” and put every collection in there. Yes I have actually done this and now have an organised structure to work with. I have started from scratch but not thrown out all the work done to date.

Another issue sorted in my never ending quest – how do I organise my images in Lightroom?

Rick McEvoy Photography Blog

Lightroom Tip of the Week

Friday 6th January 2016

Lightroom Tip of the Week – speeding up the production of HDR images in Lightroom CC

This tip is especially good if you are producing lots of HDR images. It is just as good if you are producing one as well to be honest.

You just need to have a few things set as you would like them in Lightroom, which takes no time at all.

Anyway this is good stuff – I hope you all find this tip in Lightroom useful.

To merge images in Lightroom to produce an HDR image you would normally do the following.

Select your images.

Before I go on – an important point - I only ever use two images from a bracketed set of three, the image that was over exposed by two stops and the image that was under exposed by two stops. Try doing this yourself, firstly with the two images, then do the whole thing again with those two images and the correctly expose first image -  both HDR files are identical!).

Sorry where was I.

Select two images. Right click, select Photo Merge, then HDR. Or select the two images and use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl H.

This brings up a dialogue box and generates a preview. This is the bit you can cut out. There are various options in the preview dialogue box, and I never change them. I just leave the following boxes checked;

Auto Align

Auto Tone

I also leave the Deghost Amount at High.

Next select Merge, and the process continues in the background.

This is the tip.

Press the shift key. That is the extra thing you need to do.

Select the images to create the HDR image.

Select Shift, control, H.

And Lightroom creates an HDR image in the background while you carry on working. And once you have done one you can do another, and another etc etc. There comes a point where you have to leave Lightroom to it but I can run a batch of these and go and make a cuppa (which I was going to do anyway) and there they all are when I come back.

Or you can do something else while Lightroom does its stuff.

Not bad eh?

And a word on file names, and the issue of finding the actual HDR files themselves, which becomes more of an issue if you have produced a load of them.

The HDR image should take the file name of the first image, and have the file extension -HDR.dng. So when I put together images names IMG_6612.CR2 and IMG_6613.CR2 the new file created, which sits between the two in Lightroom (rather oddly) is called IMG_6613-HDR.dng.

If you are not sure where the HDR image (or indeed images) has (have) gone to all you need to do is go to View, Sort then select Added Order, and the new HDR image(s) should appear as the first (or last) image(s). It(they) being the first image(s) to be added.

Did that make sense?

Wonderful how these things work....


Rick McEvoy Photography - Lightroom Tip of the Week

Wednesday 16th November 2016

Lightroom Quick Tip of the Week

This weeks Lightroom Tip of the Week is about rating images.

I use the star rating.

This is one of the tools I use to help me sort my photos in Lightroom. 

And I have enough of them! 

0 Stars - Unrated

1* - To sort

2* - No edit

3* - To Edit

4* - Edited

5* - Edited best

Rick Photography Lightroom Tip of the Week

Wednesday 26th October 2016