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Keywording in Lightroom CC

Lesson 10 from: The Ultimate Lightroom Classic CC Workflow

Jared Platt

Keywording in Lightroom CC

Lesson 10 from: The Ultimate Lightroom Classic CC Workflow

Jared Platt

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10. Keywording in Lightroom CC


Class Trailer

File management and the Library Module


Intro and File Management


File Organization and Lightroom Workflow Overview


Workstation Diagram and File Flow


Converting From a Previous Lightroom Workflow


Lightroom CC Tour: Folders and Collections


Lightroom CC Tour: Publish, Histogram and Quick Develop


Importing Images into Lightroom CC


Rules for Selecting Images in Lightroom CC


Organizing Photos in Lightroom CC


Keywording in Lightroom CC


Using Facial Recognition in Lightroom CC


Working With Catalogs in Lightroom CC


Synchronizing Catalogs in Lightroom CC


Using Lightroom Mobile


Publish Services in Lightroom CC


Lightroom Workflow Q&A


Tour of The Develop Module in Lightroom CC


New Features in the Lightroom CC Develop Module


Camera Calibration


Calibrations and Custom Profiles in Lightroom CC


Calibrations in Lightroom CC: Comparing RAW and JPEG


Rules for Developing in Lightroom CC


Understanding Presets in Lightroom CC


Making Presets in Lightroom CC


Syncing Presets in Lightroom CC


Working with Photoshop and Lightroom CC


Using the Lightroom CC Print Module


Setting printer profile in Lightroom CC


Comparing Prints from Lightroom CC


Finalizing the Job in Lightroom CC


Archiving the Job in Lightroom CC


Importing Back from the Archive


Building a Proof Book in Lightroom CC


Building Albums with Smart Albums


How to Create a Portfolio in Lightroom CC


Advanced Search in a Portfolio in Lightroom CC


Scott Wyden Kivowitz Interview on SEO


Optimizing Image Metadata in Lightroom CC


Publishing a Blog Post From Lightroom CC


Making Slideshows in Lightroom CC


Lightroom CC Workflow Recap


Developing, Presets and Printing in Lightroom CC

Day 3

Lesson Info

Keywording in Lightroom CC

All right, so let's talk about, uh, key wording alright actually first let's talk about synchronizing the files if you're off time if one cameras off from another camera or for some reason you only have one camera but you're a whole twelve hours off and you want to change that so you have an accurate time stamp on your photos the way that you do that and you can see here if you go to my metadata and look at all the cameras I have I have I have one cannon camera and then I have a um and then I have a gh for panasonic gage for and so between the two of those are the two images, the cameras I'm shooting and I need them to synchronize so the first thing that I want to do is I want to find an image where I know I have both, so I know that I'm shooting you know, both images, so I know that when I'm at the wedding I'm shooting both images are both cameras, so I know that I shot both cameras right around this time when it was just me I was the only person on the wedding so it's not like had th...

rough a four people, so I know that I have this image and so I'm and I know that there's somewhere there's going to be a gh for image that's similar and so I'm going to come down to the metadata panel over here on the right hand side and I'm gonna zoom in and I'm gonna look for the capture time I'm gonna remember that six twelve thirty six a m time now that's on different time obviously they weren't getting married at six a m in the morning but that's on my time so if I knew the time over there I think it was probably for three or something like that so but I'm going to note that time once I have that time noted so it was someone remember that here I'll write it down that is six twelve thirty six am alright so that is my master time now I'm going to go to my other camera and I'm gonna look for a similar photograph inside of the wedding there we go okay so I have a photograph here that I don't know exactly what time it was shot let's see maybe see if there's a them walking down the aisle here okay this one is just before it so let's choose that one just before it now what I have to do is I have to highlight all of the images this is more useful when you have multiple cameras with multiple people because they all shoot the same thing at the same time so when they kiss boom all the cameras get a kiss so um it's easier to find the time but what I can do now is extrapolate I know that that image of them walking down the aisle was that six, twelve thirty six a m if I want this image to have the correct time it's going to be before that so I'm going to go over to the capture time I'm gonna click on the capture time and I'm going to say ok, this is sick so eight o four so that's pretty good that's probably a little too early because they didn't take him that long to walk from the front of the door past me and then up that so I'm going to go okay the original time it says a six oh wait oh four and I'm going to say that the actual time was more like six uh eleven oh like that's probably more accurate and so then I had changed and what's gonna happen is all of them are going to change by that three some odd minutes they're all going to get shifted up by that three ish minutes. So then when I hit change all they all get changed with time has changed on all of them now when I put them together all cameras you can see that they come in and then they boom the next shot they go up the aisle so it's a correct path so now I see everything in exact order okay, so that could be useful to you with you, whether you have one camera or multiple cameras because you can get them in the exact time that they were actually shot. Alright, awesome, any questions about that? Why is the exact time helpful somebody dis asked that what is the shoot time shoot? Time matters for several reasons organization for me, the most important reason is that that's the easiest way to get them in order so that when I'm telling the story flows that way, when the client is looking at their photos online, they see getting ready and then they say it's all chronological, so it's very easy to do that, but if I weren't shooting a wedding or for a client, I was just doing it for myself and all the one only had one camera, I could suppose that it wouldn't matter whether or not my camera was five or ten minutes off, but it would matter if my my camera wass three hours off, and the reason that matters is that I use past images to tell me what I want to shoot in the future. And so, for instance, any time someone comes and wants to hire me to do a grand canyon wedding, and I do a lot of him. The canyon is a very particular beast and it looks good at certain times of year at certain times because the sun is in different positions at those times and so if someone comes and says I'm doing a wedding and february on the fifteenth of february and I'm thinking about having my wedding at three o'clock in the afternoon I can say hang on one second I congar o to a portfolio image from the wedding closest to february at that time and see exactly what the sun looks like in that location and say you know what it's not gonna look as good as it would if you were at four fifteen that would be the best time for you teo you know like say your vows and you wouldn't believe the amazement of people to be like really you know that and I'm like yeah I know that because I have extensive research on the way places look at certain times of day most people don't know that because their cameras are twelve hours off they don't know what time was shot there like I was in the afternoon but I have absolute knowledge about what the sun looks like at certain times all across and all I have to do is search for you know grand canyon or if it's in phoenix I can say you know what is the royal palms hotel look like four o'clock in the afternoon in february well I know because I've got all the data that tells me what it looks like and I just have to open up my portfolio and the great thing imagine this when I have a client in the studio and I'm showing them a slide show or whatever from a computer and we're talking and and they say something about their wedding and I can open up my portfolio catalog which is open when they come in and they say yeah we're thinking about this that and the other thing or we wanted some interesting flowers and aiken type into my computer some kind of like nontraditional flowers you know at the royal palms and I pull up a siri's of images how much confidence is that give the client in my ability to do their job it's huge they look at that and they're just like you got to be kidding me you can find any image there's no way you're losing my images because that's one of the greatest fears I think of anybody hiring a photographer is does this person have the ability to do the job without losing the images without you know breaking a camera without you know that's got to be on their minds you know so there's just a lot of confidence that comes from that kind of stuff but it's very useful you know if you want to go back and shoot landscapes at a certain time if you knew exactly what time last time I missed the light and I was upset about it. What time was that? It was at five. Thirty. Well, the next time I go back, I'm going to go at five. Twenty, you know, and make sure that I'm there for that shot because it's going to look better at five. Twenty, then it would've fivethirty that's why the exact time matters. One more question. Ruth wants to know if you have a very large number of catalogs. How do you search for an image or key word? If you don't know which catalog they're in that's, why you have the portfolio catalog? Okay, is absolutely critical that all your best images go to the portfolio catalog and that's where you look for them, certain medicine, right? So then you concert all you want because really, you're not going to be looking for your best image is in all of your wet because I have six hundred and some odd images inside of this wedding. There are not six hundred and some odd great images in this wedding. There's a lot of great ones. I love him, but there's not six hundred there's, maybe a hundred of them. So those hundred khun goto my portfolio or those fifty can go to my portfolio so that's where you search for him, but in the instance that you would need to find images across say an entire year or two years or three years you can always attach all that's why we have that's why I like this j bad system is that I could put literally four years of archives in here they would all light up on my computer then I could open bridge because bridges a great file browser that allows youto literally type in a search and it will search everything and crossed every single hard drive that's attached looking for keywords times any metadata that's in the file you confined and it will pull up a collection of those images kind of a virtual collection that shows you all the images that exist with those things so bridge has a very good use and that is a cross platform cross images it'll find them but they all need to be key worded and dmg tiff j peg psd guy they have to be that that way you can find them because otherwise you lose one of those sidecar files and you won't be able to find it alright go who will all right um let's go on to key wording so I'm going to go to a collection here for some key wording um so the first thing that I want to do is I just want a keyword cem images so let's go to let's go to this wedding this is a wedding that I I've done I've selected I've adjusted it it's it's it's done but I want a keyword it let's talk about key wording process this is something that you have to put into play sometime during your workflow and I don't care when you do it do it either but right after you selected the images you have don't do it before you select damages because there's no point in key wording something that you're gonna throw away sell do your selection then keyword or you could do your selection adjust your images then keyword but you gotta keyword some point after selecting so we're going to show you that here because we're in this arena so I want to keep where these images bunch of raw images there might be a couple of tiffs in here but it's pretty simple to see what's going on there I'm going to take it out of custom order I'm gonna put it in file name order which means that it's going to be in the order that I prefer that people see it and now I'm going to start keyword ng now how do we keyword best the first thing is we keyword it on import right so if you look at the key words that already exist in this file it's arizona wedding grand canyon wedding photography time now what do I want to add to this? Well the first spot here is all all of this is williams which is close it's a little town close to the grand canyon and so now I'm going to highlight that section and I'm going to say williams and now that's williams and then I'm going to go to this one photo here because this is the court these this couple is from, um the u k no no they're from there from ireland better not say the uk they're from ireland anyway so they're from ireland and uh they came to the grand canyon get married but they had to get a document from the justice of the peace before they go get married and so this is the courthouse where they got the document right before they went up there so I'm going to key word this and I'm hitting command kay and that puts me into the keywords and I'm typing in uh, court house so now I've got the courthouse um so all of this is like traditional route sixty six stuff so I'm gonna highlight all of this again. I should have said that at the time I should have said route sixty six okay, so that's pretty much all I need to know about it in general then I can highlight the next set of images and I can start going down now this is all grand canyon stuff but we already have grand canyon keyword in there so I can click on the image there and the scan until I'm done with the getting readies phase so right here and I'm just going to command k, and I'm gonna say getting ready, so I'm doing segments if I'm traveling, I would do, like highlight rome type in rome, highlight venice type in venice highlight, you know, wherever type in those areas, and then I would start getting more specific, so everything that comes in gets a certain amount of key words, then you do sections that get keywords, and then once you've got the section's all keyword it out, which doesn't take very long for me, it's, like I do getting ready and then I do a portrait and then I do ceremony, and then I do reception, maybe if there's a big, you know, event that's happening like, you know, they're hoisting up in the chair or whatever, then I'll highlight that keyword that in okay, so once I've got all of that done, then it's a matter of getting the specifics key, worded the specifics, khun b more difficult, so you could go in and highlight everything here and say, okay, well, I know that this is the bride and she has flowers, and so I'm gonna highlight everything here up to there, and then I'm going to kind of scan around and oh, she doesn't have flowers there but the flowers are there there's the flowers and I get highlight those and then I could go in and keyword that and say flowers and then if I say flowers I might also want to know who made them right so then I would hit enter those flowers would go in and the com is what separates the keywords, so if the flowers comma than the a person who made him comma, you don't have to put a space in there just the comma separates the keywords hate allowed the spaces later, but that's going to be a really ridiculously long process to do that so instead what we're going to dio and here's here's a little tip for you you don't need to key word you already have keywords in everything, right? You can find that it's a grand canyon wedding you confined that it was in william's you confined all that kind of stuff is kind of in there because it came in together. All you really need keywords on are the images that are going to be looked for by you for the purposes of marketing yourself or for the purposes of making a book or something like that are you gonna are you gonna make a book or submit to a magazine some image that you don't care about, so by virtue of that instead of key wording, five hundred thirty four images I can go down or up to my there's a filter down here, too, by the way, that it's really dark, but you can see the filter up here easier. I could goto attributes and sort by picks star one. Now I only have to look through two hundred fifty images. I can keep keyword two hundred fifty images with no problem, and those are the only ones I would never look at anyway, because those are the ones that I determined and are good enough for me, not just for the client, so at that point, then I could go down, and I'm going to go to what we call the this is called the painter tool. Um, the painter tool when you click it up, does a lot of different things, so you can click on the painter tool and you khun spray keywords, labels ratings. You can't even spray settings, by the way, so if you click on settings, you can choose one of your settings from one of your presets, so I'm going to choose by the way, the outsource pack is one of the pre set packs that's available to anybody who buys the course, and so I'm going to the outsource pack this is also the source pack is also what I used to spray style onto images that I get back from shootout at it my post processing partner so I go into the outsource pack and I'm going to dio let's see let's do a kind of ah cross process look so I'm gonna add cross processing to something so I'm gonna zoom out and I'm just gonna scroll down and look for something and say let's do cross processing to that one and this one so I'm just going to click on it and see how it's changing it so you can see the cross process look so all I did a spread I undo show you what that looked like before but I don't even know where it is now there it is so if we go in the develop you khun see before after so if I go the history so this was original there's the cross process look but I did that from the grid I just picked up the spray can and I looked and said, uh what do I want a cross process let's do that one let's do this one let's do you know everything with the groom and I can click on it like this and just drag so I'm just going to spray across those three and now the cross processes across those three so if all your images air normalized and adjusted which mind comeback from she got at it that way then I just simply click on the spray can and spray style so these are all my black and whites these air all my cross processes these air my color images and then I'm done because all the style has been added and occasionally I might say ok, this entire set highlight all those go the quick developed and brighten her dark and I'm a little bit or change a little color balance or something like that that's pretty much the process after someone else has done your normalization for you um so that being said I can go into the painter tool and I can choose key words so now I can spray keywords so this is where my little handy shuttle pro comes in again so I have changed I've created a keyword ing things so that I don't because I got sick of like going and finding q strokes to get this done so now I just turn on key I'm keyword ng so I turn on my key wording and then I just say okay I want to grab my key wording tool so I just click the button and now I have the spray can in my hand and then if I want to add a keyword, I push this button and type it in so I could say and I'm trying to get the speech recognition toe work on it so that I can then like say I can just sell it, so I don't have to type it. I could just say bride. But then, once I got the bride in there, then I just spray can anything that has bright in it, right?

Class Materials

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Advanced Workstation Setup
Lightroom Presets
Personal Only Working State
Plugin Workflow
The Workflow Archive State
The Workflow Pipeline
The Workflow Working State
Simple Workstation Setup
Shuttle Pro Settings
Bonus and Live Created Presets

Ratings and Reviews

April S.

I've been using Lightroom for about a year now. I'm pretty comfortable with the basics and a little more. Sometimes knowing what I want to learn next depends on knowing what's out there to be learned. I listened in to this course from work to get an idea of whether there was enough new content to warrant buying the course. Though Jared covers lots that I know, he filled many small things I didn't know and covered some bigger topics that were new to me. I decided that I wanted to own this course because I respond best to structured learning, and Jared starts at point A and carries through to point Z, so to speak. I have watched his live and rebroadcast courses before and I really like and learn from his teaching style too, so I'm sure this course will be the boost I need as I prepare to subscribe to Lightroom CC instead of just using my local copy. Though another reviewer's tone wasn't very nice, I have to agree that it would helpful to have a written synopsis or outline of courses to help when deciding whether to purchase. Looking at the titles of the included videos is helpful, but not enough. This would be especially useful when a person hasn't seen the live broadcast first, and is simply evaluating a course in the course library.

Jim Pater

I learned a lot from this class when I took it a long time ago. I'm not as fond of his ego but that's fine as I don't have to be around him all day long. What I found extremely useful was the video on synching Lightroom Presets. I set this Dropbox synching system on my laptop and desktop Mac computers and it works perfectly. I also use it for other programs as well like Photoshop and another program called Keyboard Maestro. Thanks for your help Jared. Much appreciated trick.


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