Searching in Lightroom Pt.3

Searching the Metadata

This is the final part of a 3-part series looking at the search facilty in Adobe Lightroom.  In the previous two episodes we looked at text searches and attribute searches, today its the turn of Metadata.

Metadata is the hidden information contained inside most photos which reveals what camera was used, what lens, details about the focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and so on.

Let’s imagine you wanted to find a photo you took a couple of years ago with your fisheye lens.  Lightroom would allow you to search both by date and also by focal length, making it very easy to locate the shot.

As another example, perhaps you wanted an image that showed creative use of motion blur.  You could do a search of all images where the shutter speed was less than half a second – or any speed you felt was appropriate.

You can of course combine a Metadata search with a text search and look for all shots taken on holiday in Spain where you used flash.  The options are virtually limitless.



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Kevin Ahronson

Kevin is a full-time professional photographer and has been teaching photography since 2009. He founded the Hampshire School of Photography where he runs photography workshops and gives one to one mentoring to photographers at all levels, from complete beginners through to those who want to turn professional

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