- [Instructor] After you have imported your images into Lightroom, and before you begin to work on the details or do anything with the photographs, what I like to do is get an overall sense of the entire photo shoot, so that I can get a feel for the different ways that the images were captured, so I know how to organize them. The way that I do that is I press Shift + F until I go to that full-screen mode, which hides everything up top. Then I press Shift + Tab. That hides our panels on the top and bottom and left and right.
So again, just to reiterate that, Shift + F goes through those different full-screen modes. And then Shift + Tab hides all the panels. Now the reason why I want to do this is, what I really want to do is just kind of scan over the images. Here are the images that were captured with the backlights in the early morning. And I'm just moving quickly here. I'm not evaluating the photographs. I'm not judging them, critiquing them, nothing like that. Then next I have the next environment, this open-shade environment, the indirect light. And then moving down, I'm just going to go to the other environment, this one here.
And then I'll scroll a little bit more in order to see the last set of photographs. Now for your own photographs you may have different sets of images. But typically, you'll shoot one way and then maybe another. Or maybe there's a wardrobe change, or something a little bit different. You just want to have a sense of what those different segments are. Once you have that, press Shift + Tab to bring back the Lightroom interface. And you can also press Shift + F to go back to where we can see all of these pull-down menus above.
Now from here, we'll go back to the top. So I'll scroll really quickly here back to the top. I'll go into my Collections area, and I'll create a collection set. This'll be the main folder for these photographs. So I'll just go ahead and name this Portrait Shoot - Industrial, because it took place at an industrial location. You want to give it some sort of name that you'll know what it is. So here, I'll create that. This currently has nothing in it. So what I need to do next is create my first collection.
The way that I create a collection is click on the first image. Let me close a panel over here on the right so we have more space there. And then scroll down. And again, I'm not really evaluating the images, I'm just looking for the last photograph in this set. It's right here. And now that I've selected all those from that first location, or the first look, or whatever it is, I'm going to press Command + N on a Mac or Control + N on Windows. And you want to name it something that makes sense. For me, this was about light, so I'll name this Backlight. But it might be about a certain subject, or the subject's name, or a particular look you were going for, or whatever it is.
I want to include these selected photos and then click Create. Now essentially what this did for me is it created a subset of all of these photographs. Now I made a mistake. I want this to be inside of my main collection set. Well to fix that we just click and drag and bring that up there. So you can see that's now in that location. Okay, well let's go back to our main folder, this one right here, Portrait Shoot. And we want to go down to where all of these photographs end and the next location begins. So I click on that image, and then I'll scroll down to the end of this one.
And that was right about here. Now I want to create another collection. Do you remember the shortcut? Command + N on a Mac or Control + N on Windows. This time I'm not going to make that mistake. I'm going to put this inside of my Portrait Shoot Collection Set right there. Include those selected photos and then click Create. We'll go back again to the main folder. And we're going to do this however many times we need to. And what I find is with portrait shoots by having these separated, it makes it a little bit easier to manage the files and to go through the images.
Because if you have a huge folder of hundreds of images, they can all sort of blur together. So again, let me create another one here, Command + N on a Mac, Control + N on Windows. And I'm going to go ahead and name this one Geometric, because that was where I was talking about using... Well I'll name this one Building. It was about using the building as an element in the image. And then I'll click Create. Now you may have noticed that previously I made another mistake. And I'm making a few of these to highlight some teaching points.
This collection, right here, I forgot to name. I just left it at the default setting. What do you do in situations like that? Well you can right-click or Control-click on that collection name, then choose Rename from the contextual menu that pops up. And this one I'm going to name Indirect Light, because that's what that one was about and then hit Rename. So we could always change these names at any point if we need to. All right, next we'll go back up to where we were last time. We're at these photographs here. And we're going to go back up to the main folder.
And after we worked with that building there in the background and that green door, I'll scroll down to the next environment where we worked with texture. Click on one image, scroll to the end, hold down the Shift key, click on the last one, Command + N on a Mac, Control + N, Windows. And we'll go ahead and name this one Texture. I want this inside the Collections Set, Portrait Shoot. Include the selected photos and then click Create. Now so far, I now have these parsed out into different collections.
And the advantage of this is it's just going to be a much easier way to go through the photographs. Now I have a lot of photographs here, and part of the reason is because I had to shoot the image and show the person who is filming the course how I was shooting. And then we would have to redo it, so there's probably twice or three times as many photographs as needed. But even if you have fewer photographs, and even if there's only 20 in each of these little collections, it helps you to really focus in on a specific group of images. Now one last thing that you might want to do, and I do do this in my own workflows, is you might want to add a number to these.
Let me show you what I mean. Right-click or Control-click and the Backlight, those were the images that were captured first or maybe that I want to review first, so I'll name 01 Backlight. Then I'll go to the next images, which were these right here. Right-click or Control-click. I'll rename those. And I'm going to add a little number. The reason I'm showing you this is, for me, I kind of like to have this, I don't know, this really numeric way of organizing things. It keeps me on track. It says, "Hey, Chris, I'm going to go through this "one step at a time." It also helps, because sometimes I find, when I'm editing photographs, I can get interrupted.
And then this helps me remember, where was I? Okay, I got through set one, now I'm on two, three, four, or whatever it is, rather than just having those alphabetically organized. So that is something that I like to do when it comes to organizing the images. All right, well now that we've created collections for these photographs, the next thing that we need to do, of course, is begin to review and evaluate them. So let's do that in the next movie.