Image management software such as Adobe’s Lightroom are incredibly powerful tools. They allow us to import, sort, correct and export thousands of images. We can keep track of images from years ago and find them in an instant. But how? Today we are going to look at mastering one of Lightroom’s most powerful functions, its Library Filter. This function allows us to track down and isolate images that we may have shot many years ago by searching the image’s metadata.
Garbage In. Garbage Out
The old computer idiom is equally true for image management. We need to spend the time in our initial post production adding relevant attributes to our images. This can include, descriptions, captions, keywords, ratings and colour coding. If you do a lot of location work, adding either GPS data or manually adding location is a good idea. Also using a consistent file naming convention is also very useful. So, assuming you have apply enough metadata to find our images, how do we use Lightroom’s Library Filter? The filter can be found in the Library module but only when the view is in grid mode. If you go to single image mode, it disappears. It is found at the top of the screen in grid mode and consists of five tabs, four in the centre, Text, Attribute, Metadata and None and one to the right which says No Filter by default. When searching you can search all images by selecting All Photographs in the Catalogue or restrict the search to specific folders.