Lightroom: filter photos by capture date

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(This might be a old and familiar request and one of those "oh no not this again"-topics but a quick search didn't find any matches so here goes)

In LR2 (or 1.4?) there was a way to filter photos in the Library module by defining a start and end date with yyyy/mm/dd precision. I though it was a handy feature and have wondered why it got removed? Especially when comparing to the current way, which is using the "Date" column in Metadata and multi-selecting the timeframe you want to view.

Say you want to view photos taken between March 15th 2010 and April 21st 2011, that's a lot of dropdowns, scrollwheeling and cmd/ctrl+clicking before you get it defined. So why not bring the old system back - there's plenty of room in the filter bar for a "Time"-option. :)
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Jim Wilde

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Use a Smart Collection, like so:

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The problem with using Smart Collections for this is that they don't play nice with stacks, whereas filters do.
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Thank you for your reply Jim, that is one way to achieve the wanted result. Only thing is, it's not really something one can do on the fly, which was the typical use case scenario for me pre-LR3. Having the feature as a filter would invite to more impromptu queries, a sort of playfulness. Also, it would enable combining it with other filters: "How many photos did I take with this lens during this time period?", "How many pictures did I take of the dog June 1st to August 3rd" etc.

Thanks to John for the reply - did not know that about Smart Collections and stacks.
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I agree that using the Library Filter bar can be a little quicker to do on the fly, but the more experience you have setting up Smart Collections the narrower that gap will become. Also, of course, you could have the SC doing the collection of images in a given range, then you can use the Library Filter to slice and dice that collection even further as per your examples.

The stacking thing is a bit of a two-edged sword.....yes, SCs will not show stack membership, though it does show all members of a stack provided they meet the SC criteria. As such, in pure numbers terms, the SC will give you an exact total of images meeting that criteria.

Filters, on the other hand, work differently....an existing collapsed stack will remain as such if the stack meets the filter criteria, but the number of images below the stack master are NOT counted in the numbers until the stack is expanded. Thus in your 'how many pictures of the dog' example, a filter would give you an inaccurate total if some of them are in collapsed stacks, whereas the SC would always give you the correct number.