Lightroom: Bookmarks to reopen the folder and be taken directly to the image you set

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We need a bookmark feature that allows us to mark which image we're working on if we have to leave that folder. Especially in weddings, when we have a couple thousand images to sort through and find where we left off, it would be great to set a bookmark so when we reopen the folder, it goes back to that image directly. Thank you!
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Would it be enough if Lr simply remembered the selected images in each folder (that's what Gazoo does) and defaulted to them when revisiting the folder? i.e. one auto-bookmark per folder, so to speak... (no need for user to bookmark explicitly).

Or are you talking about the ability to set multiple bookmarks, and select from popup or something.
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This has been discussed before, and is actually very complex in an environment like LR. One thing that helps is using "Favourite sources" in the folder history that is located at the top to the thumbnail panel (F6).
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I did it in Gazoo - didn't seem that complex to me...

And when I say "it", I mean: remembering complement of photos selected in each source, so they can be restored by clicking a button.

I use this feature often.

I'm not sure what unforeseen complexities might emerge, but so far so good...

Rob
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Well, typically a bookmark returns you to the same state as when you set the bookmark. This would mean keeping track of the position of the thumbnails, the filtering and the selection. What do you do if some of the metadata has changed the the filter was using... it all depends on what is meant by bookmarking. However, just remembering the image would be great and I would like to see this feature. I also would like to be able to open multiple instances of the library...
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Yes, it depends on what is meant by bookmarking.

To quote the original post (paraphrased):

|> "it would be great to be able to reopen a folder and go back to the image that was previously set".

So, it seems to me 9X% of the problem is that Lr re-selects the first image when returning to a folder, instead of restoring previous complement of selected images.

That much is easy to do (just remember what's selected in each source, and re-select them when that source is re-selected).

PS - Filters used to always be sticky (remembered for each source), but now you can determine stickiness via Lr preference.

Note: if metadata has changed and photo no longer in collection, then it will simply not be selected.

Regarding ordering, if metadata has changed then ordering will change, i.e. ordering could always be dynamic, not "remembered", not "bookmarkable".

I would think this would solve most if not all of the problem. i.e. multiple bookmarks would not be necessary: if user really wanted to isolate various complements of photos, lib filters or smart collections could be used.

Summary: it's not complex to remember which photos should be selected, and in my opinion, Adobe should just fix that much without a fuss. The question of how many other things need be remembered, and whether multiple settings need be remembered is a more complex can of worms, but also is far less critical, in my opinion.

Rob
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So, Brandi,

I've not voted for this feature, because:

|> "We need a bookmark feature that allows us to mark which image we're working on if we have to leave that folder".

seems like overkill.

Do "we" really need *manual* bookmarking, or is auto-memory of photo selection sufficient??? (the latter definitely gets my vote)
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Yes please. And bookmarks in LR mobile as well. (More important)
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From my former career I have a couple of (expensive) medical programs that let me browse hundreds of books and add symptoms, sensations, modalities, etc into a chosen analysis strategy.

Skipping back and forth through matera medica books and repertories and thousands of patient cases, many thousands of specific symptoms, selecting and deselecting, adding to analysis etc could result in losing an insightful piece of text very easily

However It has 'bookmarks', which I can assign to a single page in one of hundreds of books, or to a whole book etc. The user can select from a drop down menu of bookmark icons for each use.
the analogy with working with Lightroom is obvious 

It is invaluable and I wish Lightroom had this facility.

I often find there is one image I have found that I want to work on but I have other things to do first, QC is full (well stocked let's say), I'm in DEVELOP and don;'t want to change or lose the image (in my memory etc) and I want to get back to it easily and to set that 'bookmark' with one click
I'm sure 5  bookmarks (something to differentiate, e.g. icon change e.g square, circle, triangle whatever) would suffice and even if they could easily be set as a collection that would probably work
A it is I can't think of a way to  click on something (like QC icon) that will effectively bookmark an image be it put it into a collection I make called 'bookmarks' or other
Seems like an obvious  request to make , to me :)
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When working between  multiple projects (typically in my case in separate Collections) it would be so handy to be able to put a "placeholder" / bookmark in a collection so I can easily pick up where I left off previously.
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I wish for this feature every single day - not having it is SO frustrating.
Curating a large folder whilst adding to collections and /or editing in other programs and returning, adding some to quick thingy then checking whether you put another in there or whether you forgot , come back to number you fist thought of and divide by three-well you might as well because by then I have to scroll through the big folder again to get back to the image I was working on.. really can't understand why tis feature is still missing, it would be SO useful and SO EASY and SIMPLE to usee.g.