Using Metadata Search in Lightroom Revisited
Whatever you need to search in Lightroom, the Lightroom Classic Metadata filter panel should be the first place you go. It really does keep on amazing me. Recently I discovered that I can search in Lightroom by photo orientation. We know that you can search in Lightroom for more than filenames and keywords, but when a client asked if she could search just for verticals, I wasn’t sure. So, I immediately went to the Metadata filter. And, Aspect Ratio was on the list!
Oddly enough (for me anyway), Adobe doesn’t seem to know what to call the Metadata filter panel. Adobe calls it the Library Filter Bar in the Lightroom Classic online manual. But really, we’re filtering by metadata.
But then what is the filter bar at the bottom of the Lightroom Classic preview window? Lightroom just calls them “filters.” I’ve always called them the ratings filter bar. Makes more sense to me. It filters photos by the various flags, colors, stars and a few other features related to ratings.
My personal rant aside, I love the Metadata filter panel for all it can do. In the Lr:Short video below, you will learn how to open the metadata panel, create a new metadata column and select a search value.