Slideshow Worflow

by Ken Milburn

This series of my blogs is all about how I make use of Lightroom's workflow. I have to confess that I've left out one logical step in the overall workflow, camera calibration, because I simply haven't found a strong enough need for it (in the context of my own work) to take the time to apply it. So I'll leave camera calibration to someone else who knows what they're talking about and jump straight to the Slideshow module.

Lightroom makes organizing your images for a slideshow really easy. I work with Collections a lot (the topic of a whole 'nother blog), so I like to put the images for a slide show into a Collection. All you have to do is name the Collection by clicking the + sign in the Collections panel in the Library module, then either going through your Folders and dragging anything you want into the collection or searching for the Keywords or other Metadata most likely to call up the images you want for that slide show and then flagging and dragging those for the slideshow into the collection. The first method works best if you've been too lazy or rushed to be thorough about adding keywords when you first Import to your Catalog. In either case, I Flag (press P after highlighting the image in the Library) the shots I really want in the Slideshow. If there are hordes of pictures to choose from, I recommend doing the choosing in the Library Panels. If you're looking mostly for specific subjects, you can drag the Size slider to make the Thumbnails quite small, so you can see a large number of images at once. If you're looking for subtle variations in similar images, make the thumbs large enough to judge each frame more critically. Also, if you're just picking a few from a small collection, you can pick them in the Filmstrip by just selecting them.

Once you've Flagged all the images you want to keep in the slideshow, just click the Slideshow module header. Go down to the Filter bar and click the Flag icon. Blink! There's your slideshow collection.

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