Being organised is kinda my thing.
We fell about laughing (in her defense, she was about 9 at the time) – but its kinda true. I like to always know whats going on, and for everything to be in its proper place.
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This post is part of a series on using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom for food photography. See the other posts:
– Pixlr vs Photoshop: Why I made the switch
– Importing photos to Lightroom
– Sorting & organising photos in Lightroom
– When & how to straighten, crop & rotate your food photos
– The 3 Lightroom edits that make my food photos pop
– A detailed guide to editing food photos in Lightroom
How I sort & organise food photos in Lightroom
Photo organisation is personal to each individual, but there are some tools that can help you to stay organised and find the photos you’re looking for.
You can organise your photos into broad folders & albums.
There are a number of ways people organise folders & albums. Personally, I have 4 overarching folders:
- ‘Fig & Fennel’ for client projects
- ‘EatsLeeds’ for images on my food blog
- ‘ZoePickburn.com’ for my own styled photos
- ‘Personal’ for other images – holiday snaps, family photos & the like
Then each shoot gets its own album. An album per recipe for my food blog, for example, or an album for each client shoot (named with the venue/customer and the date of the shoot. eg. ‘Doner Summer, May 2019’)
Stack a series of images, inside a
Select all the images you want to stack (using ctrl+click or shift+click) then right-click & select ‘Group into stack’, or press ctrl+G.
Stacking images is especially helpful for groups of shots that look almost identical – whether because you were taking test shots, or you were shooting action shots with fast shutter speed and have a ‘burst’ or images
Use labels to add keywords to each image, then filter images by keyword
I use this for broad, common themes – for example, ‘pizza’ or ‘salad’ – so I can easily find a specific type of food shot.
Flag images as either ‘pick’ or ‘reject
When I upload a shoot to Lightroom there may be 50-100 images or more, so I use the flags to quickly reject images that are out of focus, under- or over-exposed, or poorly composed.
Then I filter to display only ‘unflagged’ images. As I go through those remaining images, I either reject them or apply light editing.
Then I flag images that are edited & ready for use as picked
Each image can also be assigned a star rating, and filtered based on those star
I use star ratings when I need more nuanced differentiation than ‘yes’ or ‘no’.
This is especially helpful for big
Now you’ve got some tips on keeping your photos organised in Lightroom, the next post in this series will show you the first changes I make when editing photos – cropping & straightening.