Lightroom: Library Filter: Metadata Keywords - Invert a keyword to filter a selection to remove photos that contain that keyword

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Lightroom 5.x - Be able to invert a keyword selection in the Metadata Library Filter in the Grid View of the Library Module.

In a group of photos selected within (or by) a tree of keywords, it would be nice to eliminate photos that contain a specific keyword - like you can do in smart collections. This becomes useful when one uses multiple columns to filter photos.

I use hierarchical keyword trees to search within multiple 10s of thousands of photos. For my particular needs, I find smart collections to be too static to be able to locate a particular photo quickly – requests for a particular photo come in almost at random. Smart collections need to be set up before-hand and do not lend themselves to dynamic searching.

Now an example of what I’m talking about: I start by selecting a keyword at the top of a particular keyword branch and all the photos become selected within that branch. Let’s say I’m filtering based on a keyworded location, say starting the selection (branch) with New York for example. Hierarchically under New York are multiple keywords: Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island. Under the individual boroughs are multiple levels of even more hierarchy.

I’d like to be able to click on (select) “New York” and then eliminate all the photos taken in the Bronx but include the other four boroughs and photos that have not been keyworded (at the borough level) yet. Yes, there are other ways to do this – It would be convenient to just click on “not Bronx” and be done with it.

There are other more contrived examples where selection by the elimination of an existing keyword(s) would be helpful like trying to eliminate a just a section of the Bronx that appears many levels below New York and the Bronx while including other keyworded locations.

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Daniel J Stark

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Rob Cole

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Good idea, but just in case you're open to a workaround:

To exclude one or more keywords, use the text filter:

Keywords Don't Contain Bronx

or

Keywords Contain Words !Bronx !Queens

etc..
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Daniel J Stark

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Thanks for the suggestion.

As I'm sure is obvious, this requires typing! (one of my least favorite activities.) It also requires browsing the list of keywords to decide what not to include since I can't remember them or what I had for lunch today.
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Rob Cole

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Yes - typing required, but note: if you have a keyword column displayed for metadata filtering, you can see the possible options.

Don't get me wrong: I'm not trying to suggest your idea isn't worthy, or that it's already covered - merely trying to help you accomplish your goal for the mean time.

In fact, with the keyword column displayed, you may not even need to type in the text filter to specify which not to display, since you can just select which to display instead.