Flagging Images in Lightroom
My favorite organization tool in Lightroom are flags. Flags in Lightroom serve a very specific purpose, and that, i think, is why I like them so much. They are very simple, but powerful. So without further ado, let's get into it.
Lightroom has three different flags: Pick, Rejected, and none. All images start unflagged. To flag an image as a keeper all you have to do is press "P" on your keyboard. That will apply the pick flag, which is white. I love this! It is so easy to flag the images that I want to move forwards with. The main way that I use this it to flag any image that I want to edit, and eventually become a finished product. This makes it really easy to find the images that you like. If you have applied a flag to an image and you realize later that you want to remove it all you have to do is press "U" for unflag.
The next flag is reject. To apply the black rejected flag all you have to do is press "X". Here is where some of the real power in flags comes out. One of the main questions I get during Lightroom sessions with people is: How do I delete images? Well, the best way is to use flags. Apply a reject flag to whatever images that you want to delete. Then, press control/command+backspace/delete. This will take all the images in your current folder and delete them for you. However, before deleting the images you will an encounter a pop-up window:
Most of the time you will want to choose delete from disc when you get here, but lets go over the difference. Delete from disc will move those images to your trash/recycling bin and remove them from Lightroom. This is what you want to choose if you are erasing those images forever. The other option, Remove, will leave the images where they are on your computer and just remove them from Lightroom. This is good if you don't want that image to show up in Lightroom, however the picture isn't gone.
Now that you know how great flags are, go and try them in your workflow. They are extremely useful to help you find image that you want to work with, and the ones that you want to delete. If you don't have Lightroom yet I suggest that you give it a try because it is my favorite program for photography. You can download a trial version here if you would like (FYI this is an affiliate link).
- Graceson Aufderheide