Lightroom: A Capture Timeline gives confidence to Wedding/Event photographers workflow

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After shooting events taking many images its so fun having a little line of CF cards waiting to be uploaded into Lightroom. When i've uploaded, I turn the card upside down so I know its in. I'd love to have a Capture Timeline window in Lightroom. This would show a very simple timeline of the date & time of the oldest photo in a folder on left-hand side against the newest on right hand side. Within this simple letterbox, draw a vertical line for each image in the folder to indicate its position on the timeline relative to all the rest in the folder.

So if I am shooting a 5 hour event, it would be possible at-a-glance to see the distribution of capture over the event. More importantly if there are large gaps or spaces on the Timeline it may indicate i'm missing a card so I must dig-out my miner's light and pick-axe to hunt for the missing card. A Capture Timeline...useful ?

Date and time from EXIF data and the Capture Timeline would lie within the Dev module perhaps.
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john beardsworth

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I can see uses for a timeline, but I'm not sure this is one. How would it work when you shoot with multiple cameras?

Maybe the way to address the need for certainty that all new images have been imported is best done by making each import session trackable so you could go to the filter panel, set a column to "imported on YYMMDD" and then the next column would be "import session 1234", "...1235" etc. That would allow you to tick off each card.

Added: Further down the track, you'd also be able to relate images to the second copies made upon backup.
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It could handle multiple cameras (if shooting solo) combine multiple cameras or (as a team) breakout timelines per camera. ie. Which camera serial number covered which part of an event in time.
Tagging import sessions (like Aperture) is another way. I was just wanting something instant to view that shows a block of time and image capture points within it to see if there are gaps ie. card missing.
I guess since it would be metadata driven (its all in there) it may take a bit of crunching through the catalogue to produce therefore not obvious to me where in Lightroom's Design it would lie - to get a graphical view.
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LR at times is curiously un-graphical!
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It is yet a fat Lightroom catalogue contains a goldmine of information. Imagine a plug-in/reader that could analyse all that metadata to produce useful information? Every flipping titter client oozes 'analytics' to produce little graphs. Lr Catalogue is a breadcrumb of a tog, but seems to be ignored.
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Sure, there's a lot of data in there and only rather wooden ways to get at it, if you are allowed to get at it at all. I don't need to be invited to imagine how tag clouds, pivot tables, pie charts, maps, and timelines could all help mine that information and find stuff faster.
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Sheesh, now there is something that mines data on the iPhone ! (not that I see it worth 99c, but I would buy that Lightroom app) http://www.photostatsapp.com
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I fell in love with Adobe's database photo management with Photoshop Album 1, then 2, and found the timeline along the top of the screen invaluable. I have progressed through numerous versions of Elements and Photoshop CS1-5 and have ended up with Lightroom 4 which I think is better than brilliant. It has revolutionised my image management and processing and brought fun back into my photography. However the timeline is missing and with catalogues of 20,000+ images I am tired (very!) of scrolling up and down the grid to get to images. This is mega frustrating. I know I could search by date but that is cumbersome compared with clicking on a year or month or day in the timeline. It strikes me that bringing the timeline back would not be difficult. Do it please Adobe!

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Time to give us back a timeline in Lightroom?.