How to efficiently sort over 1000 images from a trip using Adobe Lightroom CC

I have just been to Rhodes, Greece, on a family holiday. An excellent family holiday it was too.

Of course I took my camera with me, and of course I took some photos. Personal stuff mainly on my IPhone, and other stuff on my Canon 6D. and Canon 24-105mm lens. Yes its travel photography week!

So I now have 1373 photos on my computer. How do I sort them?

Firstly. I import all the images (about 36GB worth) into Adobe Lightroom CC. The files physically go onto my external hard drive, and I access the images through my Lightroom Catalogue on my laptop hard drive.

On import I do quite a lot.

  1. Build Smart Previews
  2. Add the images to a new collection
  3. Create 1:1 Previews
  4. Add my own Develop presets.
  5. I also add a duplicate set of the files to my laptop hard drive as well. (For completeness Backblaze is there in the background doing cloud back-up automatically).

Placing the images in a Collection allow me to view my images on my phone using Lightroom Mobile, Smart Previews allow me to edit the images on my phone, and the 1;1 Previews mean I am not waiting for previews when I select an image.

The import process takes time. But I know that and it gives me a lot of flexibility.

Once the images and files are where I want them to be, I add keywords to all the images, just the generic high level ones for now which apply to every image.

The first level of keywords I added was

“2016, Greece, Rhodes, Rick McEvoy Photography, Travel, www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk

I added these keywords to one image, then selected all the images, and chose “Sync Metadata”.

Next I “auto-stack by capture time”, which puts together all the bracketed sets. You can select the time between stacks, which I leave at 2 seconds.

I then collapse all the stacks, and check that they are all as they should be, which is normally in stacks of three bracketed shots. Panorama groups can get lumped together, but I still want the sets of three to start with, and larger stacks I unstack, then select the three images and use the keyboard shortcut “Ctrl G” to stack them together. (stacks of three that is).

Once that is done I have 453 images (or image sets) to go through. Not too bad! (But the collection is showing 1373 images so I have to remove them from the collection and add back in the 453 files).

And now I am going to break off and process just one image – come aback tomorrow for the boring bit, culling and rating the images at www.rickmcevoyphotography.co.uk/blog