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6 Courses to Help You Organize Your Images With Adobe Lightroom

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What You'll Be Creating

As a photographer, you can quickly end up with thousands of images on your hard drive. If you don't have a good system for organizing them, you'll waste valuable time searching for images when you need them later, and sometimes you might still not be able to find what you're looking for.

Organizing your images in Adobe Lightroom is a great solution. But to get the most out of Lightroom, you'll need to understand some key concepts first. So here are six quick Coffee Break Courses that will teach you everything you need to know about power filtering, smart collections, keywording, and more.

1. Keywording

Keywords are used to describe images. We add keywords to an image so that, later on, we can find images that match our search. Adobe Lightroom is one of the most popular and powerful tools to keyword an image library. This Coffee Break Course will help you master keywording in Lightroom in just ten minutes.

2. Color Labels and Flags

When you return from a shoot with hundreds or even thousands of images, tools like pick flags and color labels are the key to keeping your review process manageable. These tools help us mark images and push them through the workflow. This Coffee Break Course will help you master both of these metadata marking tools.

3. Star Ratings

As a photographer, there's nothing better than showing off your best work. Managing a library of thousands of images requires a system to mark and find your favorites. That's where star ratings come in. In this short course, you'll master star ratings in just ten minutes in Adobe Lightroom. Learn how to apply star ratings to your images and what each star rating can mean to your workflow.

4. Power Filtering

As your image library scales, you'll need tools to find the images you need. Metadata filtering is the perfect solution! In Adobe Lightroom, filtering uses the data attached to an image—whether it's the capture date, star rating, or keywords—to find the images we're looking for. In this course, I'll help you master the art of filtering in the space of your coffee break.

5. Collections

Photo albums have always been a powerful storytelling tool. The creator of the album would carefully curate the photos for an album, placing them in a sequence to tell a story. The digital equivalent of an album in Adobe Lightroom is a collection. In this short course, you'll learn the power of using Lightroom collections to put your images together and in just the order you like.

6. Smart Collections

Smart Collections are arguably Adobe Lightroom's most powerful feature. A Smart Collection is a saved, always up-to-date search of your images. Give Lightroom a list of metadata attributes, like flag status, rating, or creation date, and the Smart Collection keeps an always-updated set of matching images. Become a master of Smart Collections on your break with this course.

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