Choosing The Shot: Using Survey Mode in Lightroom

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For many photographers, the hardest part of their work-flow comes down to choosing the images that will “make it through to the next round” for editing purposes. This is a crucial part of any digital work-flow, and being able to cull the 40 or so images from that awesome cheetah sighting you witnessed down to a handful of images can be a tough process.

In this series of blog posts, I will run through some of the criteria that I like to use when working through and selecting my best images from sightings.

So far I have touched on selecting only images which you are sure are sharp and in focus, how the devil is in the detailimplying movement, birds in flight and body posture. Today I’m going to look at how using Lightroom can make this process that much easier!

From the grid view in library mode I can select multiple images from a sequence which, at first glance, appeal to me.



Using the “N” shortcut key, the images I selected are now taken into “Survey Mode” and are displayed as follows.


Hovering over each image brings up a small “X” in the bottom right hand corner of the image which allows me to remove this image from my selection. Lightroom automatically resizes and shuffles the remaining images, making it easy to scan through and select your “hero” shot from a sequence.


Once you have selected your keeper, you can flag, rate or apply a colour label to the image and then take it into the develop module for editing.

Choosing the shot using lightroom

Its as simple as that! Next week I will look at another way of comparing images and choosing your best shot using Lightroom!

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