In This Chapter
Using different viewing modes to evaluate your photos
Leveraging the adjustment tools in the Library module
Applying flags, ratings, and labels to manage, organize, and sort
Batch renaming with templates
Using keywords to describe your photos
Applying information with the Painter tool
Finding photos with the Filter bar
One of the first tasks I perform when working with a batch of newly imported photos is to weed out the worst of the bunch. I keep anything that has at least some redeeming quality, but any poor exposures or photos with improper focus are sent straight to the trash. I do want to note that, even though photos I flag as rejected are deleted from disk, I do retain an archived copy of my original import as a fallback. This provides me with enough peace of mind to be a tougher critic of my own work, which I feel is integral to my own growth. That's one of the things I really like about Lightroom; it gives me the tools I need to evaluate my work in an efficient manner.
An additional result of this tough love editing process is that I won't have to spend any time organizing, sorting, or applying additional metadata and keywords to photos I'm not going to keep. But that is just my approach to this process. I've structured this material in the context of a common workflow scenario to illustrate how certain ...