Lightroom: Searching by folder/body of work

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Suggested Feedback For Adobe Lightroom 5.

Attending a photography forum last week at B&H--where over 150 professional had gathered to learn advanced Lightroom, a common suggestion was shared highly welcomed. Adding image profiles! In Lightroom, you currently only have your image folders and keyword and ratings to search for folders and or specific images. By adding profile/folder images, you would enable each individual to easily identify what he is searching for by a selected image which was set to represent a folder/body of work. In my amateur days, I used Aperture. Image profiling is the only aspect of Aperture that I miss, and the only aspect of Lightroom that I feel would be a most welcomed addition. Searching for single images and or searching for folders/bodies of work would be as easy as identifying a single image that was referenced to identify a folder/body of work. I would love to see this integrated into the workflow of Adobe Lightoom 5 CC. Grateful.
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I get the desire to have an image represent a folder or collection (as a visual cue), but are you talking about searching using smart collections or library filters, or just visually?
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I am not referring to smart collections. In Aperture they used the word "profiles" to label their folders. Lightroom uses the label "folders" However, when you are in Lightroom, you are only able to click on one folder at a time which shows you they body of work that folder contains. Aperture does the same thing--however, what I am suggesting to add is a project/folder tab that we will lead you back to the menu bar but will now show you a visual cue tab for each one of your folders. See image. It should help. (not sure if the image uploaded correctly, if so, if you are able to open a Aperture program you will see the option for project visual cues. It is sooooooo helpful in searching. THIS IS THE ONLY THING I MISS FROM APERTURE. I do hope you will strongly consider this. Every Lightroom user I speak with agrees that this addition would be very useful and helpful. Thank you for your consideration.

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Thanks - that helps.

I agree that an image for folders, collections, and collection sets, would help locate "projects" of interest visually - e.g. via thumbnail in grid.

Also, I'd like to see metadata for photo sources, so one could search n' filter sources like we do now for photos..

For the time being, consider assigning a special metadata item to one photo in a source which will "represent" the source, then do a lib-filter for that item. When you find the desired source via image, context-click and choose "Go To Folder" (or select one of the collections from the "icon menu").

Also, you may find John Ellis' AnySource plugin helpful.

Cheers,
Rob
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You may appreciate this plugin:

Source Photo

It makes it easy to assign one photo to represent a photo source (or set of sources) - when viewing catalog with only representative photos visible (via lib filter), it's just like Apple's project view. And easy enough to go to the source(s) they represent.. - enjoy!

(it's free, I wrote it).

Rob
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This is great and very helpful. Thank you. I wish Adobe would take note of this. It seems almost every lightroom user agrees that this would be helpful.
The instructions and info on this plugin are very confusing and I did not understand much. Although I will try this. Thanks again for this help. I will be very pleased if this works. I have a mac.
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You're welcome, and sorry for the confusion - I'm (arguably) better at writing plugins than documenting them.

Anyway, make sure you read the "Definitions" and "How To Use.." sections, then give it a try - sometimes it's easier to see what happened than to figure out what will happen when you do stuff.. - just make sure you backup your catalog first, or export a small test catalog..

To summarize and get you started, you:
* Define source representatives using 'Source rep UI', then
* View representatives using Lr's lib filter: choose 'Representatives' metadata "column" filter.

If you still have questions or run into problems, please contact me outside the forum - thanks:

http://www.robcole.com/Rob/ContactMe

Rob
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To be clear: Source Photo is conceptually a very simple plugin:

You set a representative photo for specified folder or collection sets.., and then view representative photos via metadata filter (lib filter, "Representatives" column).

That's pretty-much it in a nutshell.

Such a view is equivalent to Aperture's "project view" (you'll see one photo for each "project" (where a project is a source or set of sources, e.g. folder or collection set..).

The complexity comes in because there are options for defining which photos will be the representatives, and which sources will have a representative, when using the auto-assign source-rep photo feature. And, there are other things..

If the web doc doesn't make any sense, it's probably because you haven't become accustomed to the concepts and terminology yet, which is mandatory - you have to know what a source is, and a representative photo, and how to use the lib/metadata filter.., or maybe I just did a lousy job of explaining - I'm open to suggestions for improvement, plugin or documentation.

Rob