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It s time to get organised! Here we show you how to use Lightroom to file your images JORDAN BUTTERS: Digital F Cw photography is a curse and ai. " blessing as, unless you re ruthless with your picture taking, it s easy to become shutter-happy and take hundreds of images, which then need sorting, organising and eventually editing. Thankfully, Lightroom 4 helps you do just that: offering an array of tools to make your workflow as simple, logical and quick as possible. In part one of our two-part feature on Lightroom workflow, find out how to efficiently import and organise your image collection. Next month, we show you how to index, make quick edits and publish your pictures. 1 Import your image U pon connecting your camera or card reader to your computer, Lightroom will automatically open the Import interface. If you are importing from the hard drive, click on the Import button at the bottom of the Library module to open the import window. You can start sorting your images by deselecting pictures that you don t want to import. Once you ve selected your collection, click on Keywords on the right-hand side and gis/e your collection a name. You may also want to add your copyright details via the Metadata tab, too. Click Import to open the images in the Library. 2 eview your images Now in the Library, it s time to get ruthless with your mages to separate the good f om the bad. Lightroom 4 offers several ways to preview and compare images, accessible via the buttons at the bottom of the Library module. Grid View displays thumbnails of your image collection, which you can increase or decrease in size using the Thumbnail slider. The Loupe View loads a selected image on the page and allows you to zoom in and out by clicking on the mage. The Compare View allows you to preview two images side by side and is useful if you have two similar images to choose between. And, finally, the Survey View displays a group of images you ve selected from the Filmstrip, using the Shift or Cmd keys. 3 Flag images The term Flagging refers to markers that you can assign to your images for quick and efficient organisation. You can Flag an image as Picked or as Rejected by pressing the P key or X key respectively - you ll see either a white flog (Picked) or a black flag with a c oss (Rejected) appear in the corner of the image. Once your images have been Flagged, you can quickly sort them using the Filter selection to the right of the filmstrip: by clicking on the different Filter flags, you can view Flagged images. Flagged and unflagged photos, and Rejected images only.

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