Lesson 3: Managing Photos in Lightroom’s Library Module Lightroom’s Library module is a powerful photo manager. It offers multiple ways to view, organize, rank, find, and share photographs, including iterations produced during a Lightroom–Photoshop workflow. This lesson introduces the Library module and demonstrates how and when to use its major features.
Preparing for this lesson This section instructs students to import the Lesson 3 files to the LPCIB catalog. It is the same as the section of the same name in Lesson 2 and subsequent lessons.
The Library module workspace This section describes the Library module layout and features, navigation basics (zooming, panning, selecting, and viewing photos), and ways to customize the Library module workspace. This material lends itself to lecture-style teaching, interspersed with a few exercises. There is a lot of information in the subsections of “The Library module workspace” section. The teaching points to emphasize follow.
The Folders panel • Selecting a folder displays all the photographs in that folder and its subfolders. • The number to the right of a folder reveals the number of photographs in that folder and its subfolders.
• The Folders panel does not display all the folders on a drive for the sake of
brevity. To display a folder one level up from a visible folder, right-click/Ctrlclick the visible folder and choose Show Parent Folder. You can repeat this up the folder hierarchy. To hide a parent folder, right-click/Ctrl-click it, and choose Hide This Parent.
The Histogram panel • The histogram represents the tonal values in a selected photograph from dark tones on the left to bright tones on the right.
• There is useful information under the histogram about the camera settings used to shoot a selected photograph.