Finding the Photos You Want in Lightroom, Fast!
You’ve rated, ranked, added metadata, and done all the stuff you’re supposed to do to help you locate that one photo that you need in a hurry. Now you need to know some of the most important techniques for getting to those photos fast.
Let’s say you’re getting ready for a slide presentation to a client and you want to use a shot from one of your trips to Amsterdam (but you’re not sure which shot, or which trip you took it on). Go to the Find panel (in the left-side Panels area). Lightroom automatically searches the folder or collection in which you’re working; to search your entire library, go to the Library panel and click All Photographs. Now, in the Find panel, from the upper-left pop-up menu choose Any Text (see Figure 1) to search everything—filenames, keywords, metadata, and more. Then click in the search field, type a search word ("amsterdam," in my example) and press the Return (PC: Enter) key. You can narrow your text search by choosing search options from the pop-up menus, as shown in the figure.