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Adding Keywords to your Photos

Have you lost photos you took a month or a year back? Have you wondered if there is a tool available to assign keywords to your photos? Look no further; the best engine for assigning keywords and search thereon for your photos is a native function within Adobe Lightroom

As with any picture management software, Lightroom offers the ability to add keywords to your images. In this way you can make it easier to find photos later on by searching for them using keywords. The best way to do this and not forgetting to add the same is to do it during import. Depending on your workflow, this requires that you import a series of the same photo shoot that all share the same keywords. Or else, if you have multiple subjects on your memory card, you need to import those on phases i.e. select the photos that share the same keywords, import, then select another batch and perform the import process again. But I prefer to import my photos and then add keywords from inside Lightroom Library Module. This is how... 

Important Note: You need be in the Grid view and not in the Filmstrip beneath. Selecting photos from the filmstrip won't work.

You have to select photos from the Library Grid View

You have to select photos from the Library Grid View

Select the Library module in Lightroom or just type (G) for Grid View. This will take straight to the Library module. Now to add keywords to multiple photos at the one time you need to Shift or PC: Ctrl (Mac: Option Key) and click on the series of photos and type a keyword in the Keyword Tags panel on the right of the screen. You can also drag and drop a keyword from the Keyword Suggestions onto the selected images. You can also right-click the keyword in the Keyword List and choose Assign this keyword to Selected Photos.

You can also drag and drop a keyword from the Keyword Suggestions onto the selected images.

Once you enter a new keyword, it will be available in the Keyword List for future tagging. 

Once you enter a new keyword, it will be available in the Keyword List for future tagging. 

Once you added all keywords to your photos, you can find them back by using keywords. This is achieved by accessing the Filter panel. Press the backslash key (\) to toggle the display of the filter panel. It will appear on top of the grid view in the Library Module. Select Text, in the first box, select Keywords in the second box select Contains All (or Contain) and type the keywords in the last box. Contains All is an AND search and requires that an image contain both keywords such as Religion and Church. Contain is used for an OR search which would return all images with either or both the keywords, Religion or Church. To cancel the search, click the X button in the search field.

Select Text, in the first box, select Keywords in the second box select Contains All (or Contain) and type the keywords in the last box

Keywords aren't the only way to locate your photos. However, they are handy when it comes to indexing and finding your shots quickly.