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Sep 04, 2011 14:44 |  #1

Hi all :)

I just started using Lightroom and have been watching the Adobe TV videos on how to use it. I love the stacking feature... it makes working with bracketed images for HDR really easy. I have a question though... I tried googling, but didn't come up with an answer.

Say, for example, I go through my library and stack all my bracketed exposures together to reduce the clutter in my library. Then I go through and start picking and choosing the sets of bracketed images that I want to work further on by giving them a star. When I give the top image in the stack a star, that star is not transferred to the rest of the stack so when I try to filter the stacks by star rating, I can't see the rest of the images when I expand the stack (does that make sense?). In order to see those images when I expand the stack, I have to remove the filter, which kinda defeats the purpose of filtering them in the first place. Am I overlooking something here? If anyone knows how I can apply the same star rating to a stack of images, please post up!

Sorry if this is a noob question... I've been using Lightroom for all of 2 days :oops:




  
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Sep 04, 2011 14:47 |  #2

If I remember correctly when you rate a stack, it only rates the top image. You have to "expand" the stack, select all the images, apply the rating, and then "collapse" the stack again. You don't need to remove and re-apply the stacking, just click on the right edge of the stack to expand it.

BTW, you might find it much quicker to rattle through your photos rating them if you use the left and right arrow keys and numbers 0-5 on the numeric keypad.




  
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Sep 04, 2011 17:00 |  #3

Thanks! That's exactly what I needed to know :)




  
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Sep 04, 2011 17:31 |  #4

I believe Sync is correct. Also, stacks are not carried over into collections - only the top picture in a stack will appear in the collection.




  
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Sep 04, 2011 21:07 |  #5

Another thing -- to view a stack of photos where the top one is rated of flagged and the rest aren't you don't have to remove the rating from the pic. If you Click on the lit/selected rating in the filters area it should turn off the filter. Or, you can pul down the Filter drop-down list and choose "Unrated" or "No filter". That way you can keep the rating applied to any of your images. You can expand a stack and rate the photos, Collapse the stack, then either click a rating or change the dropdown list selection to go back to a filtered view.


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Sep 05, 2011 00:11 |  #6

I didn't know this but you can even use Shift+Number Key to rate a photo and automatically move to the next one.

Use Ctrl+/ to bring up a chart of all the most useful Lightroom shortcuts at any time - they are well worth learning as they really speed up your workflow.

It's also well worth watching some videos on Adobe TV and Youtube, and reading some of the articles about how Lightroom works. Its metadata engine is really quite powerful but a lot of the features are fairly well hidden. For example most people aren't aware that you can use negation in the search box: say if you wanted to look for photos tagged with the keyword "automobile" but you didn't want to see those manufactured by Ford you could search for [Contains All] automobile !Ford.




  
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Sep 05, 2011 00:40 |  #7

That keyboard shortcut is a good one to know -- it's one of those shortcuts I never remember:)!

As to the Shift+rating combo, yeah, that's useful, but the fact that you can put the PC in Caps Lock means that you don't have to hold down shift. When I'm flagging/rating, I like to have both hands pounced to strike!


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Sep 05, 2011 12:22 |  #8

I'm just getting the hang of using the keyboard shortcuts... they certainly make things faster :) I was able to whizz through a 150+ image fireworks shoot last night using the shortcuts, plus I got my stacking issues squared away. My only problem with Lightroom is wondering why I didn't buy it sooner!




  
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Sep 05, 2011 14:40 |  #9

Heh! Welcome to the discovery of a great workflow "solution"!


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