Lightroom: Add "Is" and "Isn't" to all library filter and smart collection text fields

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Add "Is" and "Isn't" to all lib filter and smart collection text fields.
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Rob Cole

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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Here, here: There's a lot of forum postings about people trying to work around the lack of "is" and "is empty" for many important fields.
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Photographe

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I found the is and is empty, where available, to be less than accurate. Sometimes it doesn't give the expected result.
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Rob Cole

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It would be good to know which ones - *maybe* Adobe will fix them...
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Photographe

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I realize that's not terribly helpful, but that's all I can do at the moment. I saw the post and it jogged my memory. If I have the problem again I'll write it down so it can be reporduced. I was setting up a Smart Collection when this happened.
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I would like to see a text search option that is "contains only". Here's the use case. I have some photos tagged "family" and some tagged "family, old". The way Lightroom works now in order to show only the photos tagged "family" and exclude the ones that also have the "old" keyword is to do a text search for "family !old". The exclamation point tells LR to exclude the ones that have the "old" keyword.
But what if I have photos with various other keywords besides "old" in addition to "family". Then I'd have to manually exclude all the other keywords in order to see only the photo which have only the keyword "family"

A "contains only" option would fix this.

Greg

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: Keyword text search: contains only.
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Greg,

A method you might explore is to use the Metadata Filter instead.

Set the first column to show keywords and click on the "Family" Keyword in the resulting list.
Set the second column to show keywords also and it will show you a list of all keywords used in conjunction with "family: You can [CTRL]/[CMD] click to select as many or as few in the second column to drill in.

I am not saying it would work in your case but it might lead you to a working filter you could save as a Library filter preset.
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Rikk,

Thanks. That would work as well as using the exclamation point to manually exclude pics with certain other keywords, but it's clunky.

I'm trying to help my mom use Lightroom. It's amazing how Lightroom is so powerful and at the same time easy enough for the general public.