Select all 'black' frames in Lightroom

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When shooting with studio flash, photographers often get 'black' frames where they shot before the flash recycled. Typically I might get 20 or 30 of these in a day's shooting, dotted around amongst the good frames. They're annoying and can usually just be deleted but selecting them all manually or deleting them individually can be time consuming especially when you have 2000 frames to sort through!

As these 'black' frames are typically massively underexposed (4 stops at least) they should be pretty easy to identify automatically based on the complete lack of mid tones and highlights in the files. They could be added to an automatic collection, or simply selected with a key combination (eg. Alt+Shift+B) so they can be reviewed and deleted en-masse in a single operation.
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You might look at the Data Explorer plugin: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-good...

It can quickly group photos by EV, which would group all the black frames together.
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Also, does the metadata for the black frames indicate that the flash didn't fire? If that's the case, it's easy to do in LR without a plugin. Define Library Filter bar preset that filters on the Metadata column Flash State.