Pick and Reject in lightroom to sort your keepers.

We all know the story, out for a morning shooting and all of a sudden when you get home you have several hundred photos to sort and edit. Of course editing them all would be a massive waste of time. Heres a really quick way to sort your keepers and your rejects.

Lightroom has many ways to organise your catalogue, star ratings, colour labels, and they way we are going to focus on today, flags.

Flagging is my first course of action when Ive been a little too shutter happy and need to reduce my workload, flagging is as simple as using your keyboard to pick ‘P’ or reject ‘X’ each image. To make things move along a little faster, you can also set the auto advance function, found in the photo menu in the library module, so that as you pick or reject the library will automatically advance to the next image in the catalogue.

Auto advance in the photo menu of the library module

Auto advance in the photo menu of the library module

When flagging photos I usually make 2 passes through, 1st pass rejects poor exposed, out of focus, or just plain poorly composed shots and is usually quite fast, 2nd pass goes a little slower, as I look a little more critically at each image, this allows me to compare similar images to pick the better shot.

Once you have gone through the images you can either filter the images so you only see the “Keep” images, or you can “Delete Rejected Photos…” Either from the photo menu, or via keyboard shortcut Control + Delete (pc) or Command + Delete (mac)

filters

Select Flagged from the filters drop down to show only your keepers.

Quick tip: Comparing 2 images in lightroom

If your stuck between 2 (or more) images as to which one you will keep or reject, use the compare or survey view in lightroom to more closely inspect your images. Both views will allow you to compare any images that have been multiple selected using the control key (pc) or command key (mac). With the survey view showing all images at once, and the compare view showing 2 images at a time, with the right hand image able to be cycled through the selected images with the arrow keys.

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Compare-View

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