Last week we saw how you could create keyword tags to quickly find photographs that you may have stored away digitally. Another way to differentiate all of your photographs in this age of “spray and pray” photo taking (as opposed to the sensible days when you had either only 24 or 36 shots per film roll) is to rate your photographs. Again, you do not have to rate every single one you take; rather, you can rate the ones you find most appealing, to aid in finding them later, thus saving time (again)! I don’t know about you, but there have been times where I have shot hundreds of photographs at one time. Rating them, in conjunction with tagging them, will make your life easier. Let’s try it and see.
This is another easy process, and there are a couple of ways to rate your photographs. You can either use the keyboard shortcut commands, or choose the ratings from the Label menu (shown below). Just select your photograph(s), then apply a rating to it. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.
After you have rated the photographs you liked, how do you go back and search from them later? Easily, is the short answer. The long answer is to do the following. Under the Edit menu, select Find. Alternatively, you could use the keyboard shortcut (Command + F for Mac, Ctrl + F for Windows).
A find dialog box will appear. Set the parameters of what you are looking for. In this case, we are look for certain ratings, so we choose Rating in the Criteria drop-down menu.
Choose the specific rating you are looking for, and click on the Find button.
That’s it! I told you it was easy, and it should help save you some grief in the future in weeding out good photographs from bad when you want to share them with family, or the world on the Internet.
Next week I will show you how to rename a whole bunch of photographs at the same time, to give them logical file names (that is, names that make sense to you – ex. GrandCanyon_July_2011_01, versus DSC00394). See you then!
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence