Lightroom: Ability to cull images through rating, color, picks during import

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I wish, I could rate my picture using my evaluation-stars and -colors directly during the import process and adding specific meta-tags maybe just to one photo (and not the entire import).For instance: I am shooting all day for 5 different projects - they all mix on one SD-card. Coming back, I have to go thru the import-process 5 times, looking thru all the pictures over and over again to sort out the pictures for these five projects.Why can ́t I do this straightaway during import? Am I over looking something already there in LR?I hope, you can understand my wish.
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Jeff Harmon

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Add "Cull" module to Lightroom.

Please add a "Cull" module to Lightroom that a photographer can choose to use before Import where you can open up a folder of photos on the hard drive and have thumbnails shown using the JPEG previews stored inside Raw files.  Let the photographer use all of the ratings (stars, colors, pick flags) to apply to photos then use those ratings to decide how to move into the Import process from there.  Have Lightroom offer to only import photos with certain ratings, or to import all photos but only build the previews (both standard and smart) for the photos with certain ratings.  This would speed up the process of culling photos tremendously and prevent people from turning to products like Photo Mechanic to do that portion of their workflow.

Very happy to talk in more detail with Adobe about this idea if you would like.
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Aaron King

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Amen! I add my pleas to this as well! PLEASE add this feature. This would be an amazing addition to Lightroom! Don't push us to competing products, fix this and keep us Lightroom Users!
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Danette Zak

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I agree with Jeff Harmon! This would be a great benefit! Please look into this and add it to LR!
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This is a most-needed feature. LR import feels like a lowest gear in a vehicle that doesn't have enough torque in any gear.
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Mike Hoppe

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As a sport shooter, there are potentially hundreds of images that do not need to be imported (or previews built). Would be great to only import what I need.
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Daniel Jansen

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+1 from me for this!
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Art M.

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A pre-import "cull" mode would be great.
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Jerry Syder

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Guys, as these topics were merged, click the "Vote" button to the top right of this page so to bump it up Adobe's list.
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Quick note: When threads are merged the votes from the two threads are added together.
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I would like to add to this:

I want Photoshop Lightroom to find the areas of the photo that are in focus and mark them when nothing is in focus.

Photoshop already does this automatically for focus stacking.

I want it applied in Lightroom to cull photos.

Please push this idea. Adobe already knows how to do it.