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7.2 Image Selection

Now we want to start going through the photos. Just a little bit about this window here, that I just opened. Just with that little, sorry I am going a little bit fast here with this little magnify glass to magnify the photo. Pops up this preview window. Has some information over here date, time, camera, lens, ISO, aperture shutter, a bunch of info. What we want to do in this preview folder is begin to preview the photos, simply as that. So you start going through it. Okay, this photo's a little better. This might be one I want to send in, kind of a funny Santa who's seen better days in Mexico rural countryside, interesting. So down here, we have the option to tag. This is my first round of editing is just going and tagging the photos I like. Hotkey for this is the t, pretty simple. So you can use the arrow key on your keyboard, and start going through. And here you can see I have tagged this one as well. Also here I have set the color class. I'll go through on my second round of editing let me just show you here I have a handful of these tagged, a number of these tagged, and up here you can see at the top we can choose to view all, view selected which is the one we have selected which isn't very helpful in this case, view tagged voila, we've already made our first round of selects through the whole thing. And now we went from, where were we originally at, 710 photos, which you can see here down at the bottom. And view tagged to 159, so that's quite a reduction of going through and taking out your best photos, but still, 159 is way more than we're looking for. So then you'll reopen your preview window, here again, and start to go through. It's like, okay, two variations here, but I like the second one. So now I'm gonna set this as the color class to winner. Already have red or different colors. And they also have the easy quick key of just one, two, three, four, five, which is really easy you can change all of this stuff in the Preferences. You can change you're names colors. You don't chose the quick key but, the numbers work very good. This is like any other program lots of customization available. Another great tool that I use quite often in this preview window, when looking at two different photos, is right here for the Zoom tool, to check the sharpness. So there's Santa one and there's Santa two. They both look relatively sharp. But that's a good way of seeing what's up. And also down here you have a histogram to see what's going on there. There is no editing available here, image manipulation stuff. But yeah, back to now I've selected tag, my color class and now a neat option is instead of arranging by file name, sorting by file name, you can sort by capture time which is interesting. Although they're already in Capture Time. But sometimes if you download multiple cards, and you need to sort them by Capture Time, and they're all in different order, you can just go by capture time, Modification Time, Filename, Color Class. That's a good one, select by Color Class. So this brings all of my first picks to the front which is helpful. And then I can go through these ones and I can be like, well, no maybe I don't like this one as much, I'm gonna make it a red, so I'm gonna hit two, or now reload it here, boom that guy goes down with the reds where he belongs. Another great tool, right now we're at 159 and we have various color classes. Down here in the very bottom right hand corner there's an option to hide colors with the color class of none, hide photos with the color class of none. Hit that, boom, we just cut all of those ones out, that's very helpful. Hide the goofy pictures of my friends working, and reds, cuz those are the second outs. And boom, now we're at 47. So that's a lot more reasonable amount of photos to edit and caption and send. So yeah, that is how to quickly go through and edit down from 750 photos to 49 photos very quickly. Also another really cool function while we're here Is a range mix. This allows you to kind of just move photos around and be like, well I don't know, and it's like do I need this one in here? I don't know. I need these goofy guys here, you know by doing that it doesn't sort it by file name, it sorts it by arrangement. Now we have our best of the best selected. What I personally like to do is now copy all of those into another folder for what I'm going to send, cleverly named here as _send. [LAUGH] The underscore is a thing that I do, it makes it go straight to the top when it's in alphabetical order. So your usually looking for this folder in a rush, it's nice to have it right at the top. Then I create another dated folder with the assignment name and then I create a photo called raw and I transfer all of my selected raw folder photos into this folder. By doing that, it would be Cmd+y, so Cmd+y or File > Copy/Move Photos, Cmd+y. Do that, and then we have an option to copy and select the folder, and there, you select whatever photo you want to copy to it, copy it over, bada boom, bada bing, and that's great. And from there you can see I'm working through the navigator on the left side here, going through my folder structure. Select the RAWs and there we go, we have a folder with all the RAWs. I have only recently started doing this, because I'm learning, a lot of times when I'm going to reuse a photo from the past, I have to dig through and find it through my data raws. So I decided just to re edit it or resize it. So I recently decided just to keep a raw folder in this folder of the final product. So from there depending on which program I want to use, I can now use and move into Lightroom or into Photoshop, which is what we're going to deal with in the next episode.

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