Rating the Big Swell in Lightroom

Here are a few more from Tuesday’s big swell and waves on the Gold Coast,

Here’s a tip on rating your photos after a big day of shooting when you come back with several hundred images. As your importing you can begin to view your images and apply a rating. You don’t need to wait for them to all be imported. For me, 5 star is my best and 4 star is a possible, Lets face it, under that is probably not worth rating and just gets confusing trying to give a 2 or a 3 star. I usually give the crap shots a 1 star or just hit delete straight away, Who wants to be reminded of a dud shot?. This makes it easier to find all the ones you want to delete in one go.

So as they import, the keyboard short cut to rate them is simply hit any number key between 1 and 5. Guess what star rating is applied when you hit 5? When importing has finished you can choose to display just the 5 star images and begin the process of editing and having a closer look at them. At this stage you may want to re rate them and that is simply hitting the number you want to change the rating to.

When I’m happy with editing my 5 star images, I then will display just my 4 star images and have a closer look at them. At this stage I may up the rating to 5, hit delete, or remove any rating. I then begin to edit these.

When you have shot so many and there is quite a few 5 stare images you are happy with, to cull it further or to start comparing, I will go through them further apply a colour rating, Numbers 6-9 will apply a colour. remember keep it simply and standardize how you like to do it. So i apply the colour red to my very best shots, I can then choose to display just the reds and have a closer look and select what I think is the best shots.

Hope that helps or gives you some ideas on rating photos in Adobe Lightroom





About andrewhalsallphotography

I am a local photographer now based in the Gold Coast Queensland, Long story... I used to live in Albany, Western Australia. I owned Albany camera House and sold that in 2010. I was a part time lecturer at Albany Institute of Technology teaching photography and Photoshop. Just for fun I am a commercial SCUBA diver. I mainly do landscape Photography which is my passion and i love aerial photography. I have been photographing Southern Right Whales for the WA museum. Doing Photo Identification. I also do commercial and travel photography. I have been on assignment for Aurora Expeditions to Antarctica, PNG and the Kimberly and Coral Princess Cruises in the Top end of Australia. I have also been known to do the odd wedding. I am available for Commercial, Aerial and Underwater Photography both locally and abroad.
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