Hi everybody, welcome to another episode of Exploring Photography right here on AdoramaTV, I’m Mark Wallace and I’m joined by Marelli she’s been in several videos in the past. Well today’s video is about culling images in lightroom and so Marelli and I spent about an hour or so shooting a bunch of different sets. We also had another model named Monique that came in a little bit earlier. I shot her, and so now on my laptop, I’ve got all these images that we shot and I need to sort through those, pick the winners and then make sure I process everything and get them back to the model so they can put them in their portfolios. So how do you do that quickly? How do you get from camera to the computer, to your client in a very efficient and fast way? Well there’s some really cool shortcuts in Lightroom so let’s hop over there and I’ll show you that right now. One of the best ways, to quickly move through Lightroom and select your images that are the winners are by using keyboard shortcuts, now we can’t go through every single keyboard shortcut that we’re going to be using in this tutorial but I will show you one that rules them all. That is Command or Control, Forward slash Keyboard; cmd⌘ + / or ctrl + / When you do that you’ll be bringing up this window that shows you all of the library shortcuts and we’re going to be using a lot of the view shortcuts that are listed on the left here at the rating shortcuts for setting ratings and picking images and the flagging shortcuts, so if you don’t know what these are again all you have to do is hit; cmd⌘ + / or ctrl + / in lightroom and that’s going to bring up this keyboard shortcut cheat-sheet that works by the way in every module. The develop mac book slide show print and web module. All allow you to do that. Just hit Command or Control, Forward slash and those shortcuts will be showing up on your screen. Okay, now what we’re going to be doing here is; there are two modes that we will be using in this tutorial that is the Compare mode and the Survey mode. You can find those in the Library module at the very bottom of your screen in the toolbar. If your toolbar isn’t there make sure you hit ‘T’ to bring that up. You’ll see that there is this little ‘X Y’ that’s the compare view and then next to that is the Survey view or Survey mode and you’ll use that to supplement your flagging and rating system to pick winners for images that are very similar so when I shot Monique and I shot Marelli, we intentionally shot a lot of images that were very, very similar to illustrate how to use these views to choose the winner, the best of very similar images. Now to make this really make sense we’re going to zip over here I have created some numbers and animal names here for us to compare and rate and figure out which ones are the best. This is going to help us understand these modes a little bit better. We’re going to start by using the compare mode so I’m going to click on number one and then I’m going to hit the that’s going to bring me into the compare mode and you’ll get a view like this. Going to make this a little bit easier to understand, I’m going to open up my film strips so you can see all these different images here. What we’re doing here is we’re comparing two items on the left is our select. That’s the winner. That’s the king. That’s the best. That’s the one that we think is the select image to show to our client. On the right is the candidate that’s the image were saying; is this one better, than the one that we’ve selected? So is the candidate better than the Select? So right now we’re saying; is number two better than number one? Now we can move through these candidates by either using our right and left arrows right here or we can just use the right and left arrow keys on the keyboard and you’ll see here in the film strip and I’m moving back and forth between all these different things so I’m saying is number two better than one? No. Is number three better than one? No. Is number four better than one? No. How about five? How about six? How about seven? So eventually I’m going to find an image that’s better than the Select. Once that happens what we need to do is we need to make our candidate the Select and we do that by clicking on this little button right over here, so it says make select. When we click that, now we’re saying number seven is the king. It’s the winner, it’s the best that’s what we want our client to see. Seven is the Select. Now we’re looking to say; is eight better than seven? No. How about nine? No. How about ten? No. Alright seven is the winner. We’ve compared it to everything by process of elimination. It’s the winner, so what we can do then on number seven is we can then hit ‘P’ and we can hit five or whatever. We can set our rating we can set colors and we can make that our winner. Now let’s go in and look at something a little bit different here. Let’s go and say that we are looking at animals. We’re trying to figure out which animal is our favorite? So very, very simple are horses better than Birds? Well no I think birds are better. How about kittens? Well yeah kittens are better than that. So what about puppies or kittens? hmm, now this is where it gets difficult, because we know that snakes and zebras those aren’t as good, but kittens and puppies? well these two things, well they’re very very similar, so what can we do? Well lucky for us we can choose both of them so I’m going to click on the select, hit ‘P’. Click on the candidate, hit ‘P’, but then I’m going to have to make a choice. Which one is better, the best, the very very best? I’m going to say puppies is the very best so I’m going to make that the select and then I might rate that as a five star animal. When I go back to my gridvie, now look, we have all of our ratings I can say; show me everything that I flagged and then we know that is number seven and puppies. Those are our five star ratings and we’ve chosen the two things that are the best of the best of these animals and numbers. Okay now how does that relate to real life and how can we use all of this? Well there’s one other thing I need to show you before we move on and that is stacking. Stacking allows us to group similar items into stacks. Think of them like cards, a deck of cards stacked up and you can expand or collapse those, so it’s easy to do this, so I’m going to take the animals here. I’m going to click on birds and then I’m going to; shift click on zebras. Now notice I’ve selected all of these animals and then what I’m going to do is right click. Go to stacking, Group into stack I’ll click on that and now we have this group of images. Now on the right there’s these two little lines on the left, there’s two little lines, if you click that it expands that stack. If you click it again, it collapses that or you can just hit the ‘S’ key to expand ‘S’ again to collapse. I’m going to do that same thing with our numbers here, but instead of right-clicking going to stacking and saying Group in this stack what I’m going to do instead, is just hit command or Ctrl+G and that will stack that and so now we have two groups. Numbers and animals and we can go through there and we can use those, now here’s one caveat, one thing you have to understand notice we have these two flags inside this stack. If I collapse the stack go up here to attribute, say show me everything that is flagged. Notice no photos matched the filter. Why not? We know we have two images that are flagged, the reason for that is these will only show things that are in expanded stacks. So I’m going to expand the stack.Ggo up here to attribute, show me everything that’s flagged and there we go; kittens and puppies show up. It works just fine How does this really relate to real life? Well lucky for you we have a shoot that we did, so I’m going to go down here I created a collection here and it’s called sorting the winners. Now notice in this collection we have a bunch of similar items so the first thing I want to do is stack these in items that are similar so that I can sort through these and sort of do these by groups. It’s really easy to do this and we don’t have to do this manually. In other words we don’t have to go through here and shift-click and do all that stuff that we did with the animals and numbers. There’s a better way to do it, if you’ve done a photoshoot. So in this photo shoot I shot for a little while took a break, reset, maybe we changeD an outfit, started shooting again, took a break, changed outfit, started shooting again so there are gaps between these photo shoots, these different sets in time and so we can just use that to our advantage. So we’re going to right click go to Stacking, Auto-stack by Capture Time Now when I click on that I can say; how much time is between each stack? In other words how long is the break between this first shot of Monique here on this background and this second set, so I know by playing around with this little slider here that we took about two minutes between two or more minutes between each different lighting setup and so I’m going to set this at two minutes. You can play with that and you can see how many stacks you’re going to get in a live preview here, by just moving this around so I know that we only had six different groups and so I’m just going to go over here to two minutes and once I have that it says okay six stacks, so I’m going to say Stack I’m going to right click on this say Stacking and then I’m going to say Collapse All Stacks. Now look at this. We have 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and I can hit the S key to expand these. There’s the blue dress. There’s the red dress. There’s the little set that we did, I didn’t like. Here is Marelli on the bench etc. So we automatically group these into stacks that makes sense that’s really going to help us, especially when we go to a client maybe you shot a catalog or something and you want to say okay; here’s the red dress, the blue dress or a wedding? Here’s the reception, here is the signing of the wedding contract. Here are all those different things. We can show those in groups. It really makes sense. Now I’m going to dive in here, expand these and start taking a look using those tools that we have. The first thing I noticed is we have two really dark images and we have a bunch of light images. Why is that? So I’m going to click on this first dark image here and the second one. Hit ‘C’ to compare and the nice thing is, I can click and zoom to 100% and look at that. What is the difference and I remember, oh yeah in this image here, I was using a studio light. It’s crystal clear. Over here I was using ambient light and we gave up on it because we just didn’t have enough light, so this first light right here, yeah, that’s a winner. I’m going to hit ‘P’. I’m going to pick that, I’m going go out here and so I’ve already used Compare in a different way than I showed you before, to figure out which item is the winner. Right let’s go down here to a different stack. Let’s go down here to this blue dress. These are all very, very similar images. Now one of the things I haven’t shown you yet is the Survey mode, so Survey mode is the one that’s next to compare You get into that by hitting ‘N’ now this is by process of elimination. Instead of comparing one image to the next, to the next, to the next. This shows you everything in sort of a light table view and what you can do; there’s a little black X next to each of these images. If you click on that, it just removes them from the view. It doesn’t change any of the metadata. It doesn’t change the flag. It doesn’t change the rating. It doesn’t do anything but just take it away, so this right here well Marelli has closed eyes I’m going to get rid of that. I don’t like this pose and so we’re going to start being really really picky and by process of elimination we’re saying; No, don’t like that one. Of these three here I think this one’s a little bit wonky. Okay these look very similar, get rid of that. These two look almost the same now we’ve got two images, I don’t like this one as much as this one. That’s the winner ‘P’ for pick I hit four stars go back to my gridview and I’ve already picked the winner and so that’s what Survey mode does for you. It allows you to really quickly look at your images so again you can go through here, you can say; oh you know what, these are very very similar ‘N’, Survey mode. She’s looking weird there, this is not so good. I don’t like the way this dress looks etc. and you can just really quickly remove images from your selection, until finally you go; you know what, that’s the best one right there. Boom and then you have it Survey mode, Compare mode, Flagging Picking, Rating, it will really help you especially using your shortcut keys to select the winners, specifically winners that are very similar images in a set. Pick the best one of the best and then you can go in and say you know what show me all the ones that I flagged as winners. You can take those and then you can take them to your client. Show them off. They’ll choose the ones that they like the best and then everybody wins because you’ve saved yourself a lot of time. Well that’s all there is to it. Once you know the shortcut keys and those tricks to culling images, you can really blast through those really quickly, do all of your edits and get them to your clients, like Marelli here and their happy, you’re happy. You’ve saved yourself time and its really, really, easy. Thank you again for being a wonderful model in this episode. Thank you for joining us for this episode, don’t forget to subscribe to AdoramaTV, it’s free and also check out the Adorama Learning Center, because we have a lot of content that really fills in the gaps of the things that we can’t include in every single video, so check it out it’s free, so why not do that. Thanks again for joining us, I’ll see you again next time.