Flagging in Lightroom

Lightroom has the ability to mark photographs that you want to revisit.  This is accomplished through the use of Keywords; Flagging; marking photographs with a specific Color and/or applying a Star rating (0 to 5).  For the purpose of this blog, we’ll just visit flagging, star rating and color labeling as used in the class.

(Note:  This is being written based on Lightroom 4.  Depending on the version of Lightroom you’re using, you might see slightly different prompts.)

One thing to understand about Lightroom is it doesn’t move your photographs when you create any sort of a Collection.  Your photographs remain in the folders they were in already.

Dick refers to a Green File.  Your Green File are just photos that Dick has tagged to be part of your “Good File.”  Stay with Dick’s classes long enough and this good file will grow to 100 photographs, or more.

If we were only going to choose photos with one particular characteristic, you could get by with just creating a collection, but since we’re going to have several criteria, we’ll create a Collection Set.

Click Library and choose New Collection Set…

New Collection Set

Give it a name (the default is Collection Set) – it can be anything you want.  In this example, I’ve entered Pre-Visualization Picks
We’ll just use the default of Top Level, but we could place this Collection Set inside another Collection Set.

Create Collection Set

Click Create to create the Collection Set.
As soon as you click Create, you’ll suddenly be looking at a blank window with no pictures showing at all.

Don’t worry – your photos are fine.  This is normal and is what you should see.  Lightroom has moved your view to this new Collection Set.

Click Library
Click New Smart Collection
Give it a name – the default is Smart Collection.

Create Smart Collection

Since we’re looking for pictures that Dick has tagged Green, we’ll call it Green
(I prefer to keep the names short, but you could call it “Dick’s Green Selections” as well)

This will be the first of several Smart Collections we’ll do for the class picks, so we want this to be inside the Collection Set we created in the previous step.  Choose Inside a Collection Set by clicking the double-headed arrow and choosing “Pre-Visualization Picks”

Green Smart Pre-Vis

Since we’re looking for any photographs that Dick has tagged Green, we need to set the Rules to match:

Label Color    is    green

Green Smart Collection

Click Create

Lightroom will automatically find all photographs that are marked with a Green Color Label and show them in this “Green” Smart Collection.  The photographs haven’t been moved – they’re still in the same folder(s) they were originally.

Next we want to find pictures Dick has tagged Green and Flagged.  We’ll call it Green+Flag

Click Library
Click New Smart Collection

The Create Smart Collection window shows as it did before:

Create Smart Collection

As before, we want this to be inside the Collection Set we created earlier.  Choose Inside a Collection Set again by clicking the double-headed arrow and choosing “Pre-Visualization Picks

Green Smart Pre-Vis

We need to add a criteria – namely pictures that are flagged.  We can do this by clicking the “+” to the right of green

Additional Smart Filters

Since we’re looking for any photographs that Dick has tagged Green, but we want to add a rule to look for Flagged photos, we need to add the Pick Flag to the Rules:

Pick Flag         is    flagged

Green+Flag

Click Create

Once again, Lightroom will automatically find all photographs that are marked with a Green Color Label that are Flagged (picked) and show them in this “Green+Flag” Smart Collection.  As before, the photographs haven’t been moved – they’re still in the same folder(s) they were in originally.

Next we want to find pictures Dick has tagged Green, Flagged and have a rating of 1-star.  We’ll call it Green+Flag+1-Star

Click Create

Click New Smart Collection

The Create Smart Collection window shows with the previously selected settings:

Green+Flag
We’ll keep the currently selected rules:

Label Color   is     green

Pick Flag         is    flagged

And add:

Rating              is    ∗

Green+Flag+1-Star

Click Create

We need to add one more criteria – namely pictures you think should be considered.  Pick a color, any color other than Green.  Other colors can be designated by using a number – 6 for Red, 7 for Yellow, 8 for Green, and 9 for Blue.  Purple cannot be selected by a shortcut key, so we’ll skip that for this post.  The Color Label shortcut keys are a toggle – each time you press the key associated with the color, it will turn the color label on or off for the photo.  Pressing the same key associated with the color again, will toggle the color label off or on (depending on its previous status).  You should be aware a photograph can only have one color associated with it.  This means if you select Yellow for a photo and then later press the “6” key, you will  toggle off the Yellow Color Label and toggle on the Red Color Label.

Let’s choose the color Yellow

Click Library
Click New Smart Collection

First, let’s give it a name – “Pre-Vis Favorites” and make sure it’s in the Pre-Visualization Picks Collection Set.  Before we can set the color label, we need to remove the other previously selected rules (Flagged and 1-star rating).  We do this by clicking the “

Remove Rules

When we click the “” the selected rule is removed.  Do this for both the Rating and Pick Flag.  Once you’ve removed the other rules, we can set:

Label Color    is    yellow

Create Yellow SC

Click Create

That’s it.  Now go back through your photos, find your favorites and press the number 7 key to mark them Yellow.  If you’ve never color labeled a photo, then each time you press the 7 key, you should see the number in the Pre-Vis Favorites increment by 1.  If the color Yellow has already been set for a photo and you press the 7 key again, you’ll be toggling the color off, in which case, the number will decrease by 1.

HumanScapes Exhibit Reception – Saturday, August 15, 2015

Photo by Lynne Farris Schafer. © 2014 by Lynne Farris Schafer.

Photo by Lynne Farris Schafer. © 2014 Lynne Farris Schafer.

It all began with a conversation among three of us: my best and closest friend Gary Watson, Steve Kaiser, and I—spurred along by a certain volume of beer and scotch–conspired to inspire the creation of the Richard Dischler Photo Workshops (RDPW).

Sadly, Gary passed away from a sudden heart attack, and Steve suffered a severe stroke.

During his life, Gary had initiated a project of abstracting shapes. Particularly human shapes. Specifically female shapes. He allowed mere suggestions of the female human form to saturate his photographic vision. He could see a woman’s shape in a sidewalk curb, on the edge of a building, or a glass of scotch—reminiscent of Edward Weston’s series of green peppers as human metaphors.

All workshop members were invited to enter the first juried RDPW contest with their interpretations of human metaphors inspired by seascapes, landscapes, urbanscapes, cityscapes, or whateverscapes. No actual human images are permitted.

This HumanScapes exhibit is the result of this friendship, memory, journey. Enjoy!

The exhibit is on display at Keeble & Shuchat Photography Select Gallery from August 6 to October 14, 2015. An open house/reception will be held on August 15 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend.

Download invitation card (PDF)
Download invitation card (JPG)

Photographers on Exhibit

Alan Hart
Bill Graham
Carson Little
Charles Mujie
Christy Warren
Craig Colvin
Dan McLean
David Weitz
Elizabeth DeBruin
Emmanuelle Treil
George Herman
Golnaz Abdoli
Henry McNair
John Hampton
Kim Dang
Larry Sacks
Lori Washington
Lynne Farris Schafer
Martha Anne Kuntz
Natacha Hardy
Paul Italiano
Suresh Subramaniam
Thomas Laye
Tomas Garza
Victoria Lao