Searching for multiple filenames in Lightroom.

I knew it was possible to search for multiple filenames in Lightroom. But recently when I went to search for about 20 filenames I could not get this simple but very powerful time saving search to work. Here is what I did wrong and how the search should be carried out.

My workflow from low res to processing full res selects involves the following. Before sending low res files to client they are renamed with the suffix LR.jpg. e.g. xxxx_xxxx_LR.jpg. So I know that this is a low res file and is easily distinguishable as such. After a client has made their selection of images to process, I am usually sent a text list either in an email or Word document from which I must mark the corresponding raw files to process and supply as full res jpg or tiff. So I usually end up with a text list of filenames not necessarily in numerical order and with the suffix LR.jpg. In order to perform the search of corresponding raw files I need to remove the suffix and add either a space or comma between filenames. I usually use a basic text editor or Apple Pages to do this. This new list can then be copied and pasted into the text search of the Lightroom Grid module.

When a search of multiple filenames is undertaken in Lightroom it is recommended the following parameters should be set:

Text search set to Any Searchable Field & Contains All

This is where things are not as simple as you would expect.

When you use a text editor invisible elements like carriage returns (¶) are added to the document and so when you cut and paste these invisible elements are also copied and pasted along with the visible text. In  my case this would happen and subsequently Lightroom would be unable to search.

This is what I did to remove the hidden returns and add space instead.

From within Pages

  1.  Set View to Show Invisibles
  2. Open the Find and Replace dialog. Tick Whole Words.
  3. In the Find field, insert the return character by typing option-return. You should see “/n” added and all the ¶ highlighted.
  4. In the Replace field, insert a space, then click All. This replaces all newlines with a space, so you’ll have one long line of all your text.

I could then copy and paste this new line of text into Lightroom and find all the correct corresponding filenames.

With large numbers of images and sometimes across different job files this can save a lot of time.

Environmental Portrait – Nursing Recruitment Brochure

This is a recent cover I shot for for the latest Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust nursing recruitment brochure. Portrait was taken in the anaesthetic room of one Harefield Hospital’s operating theatres. This is one of a series of environmental portrait photographs taken of the super happy and friendly theatre nurse Nerea.

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SME World Class Engineering Photography

Earlier this year I had the great pleasure of working with SME Ltd. A world class engineering firm that has a fascinating heritage. Based in Steyning, West Sussex.

The Scale Model Equipment Company founded by Mr. Alastair Robertson-Aikman in 1946. Began as a designer and manufacturer of precision models for the exhibition and model engineering trade. The company expanded and diversified into engineering subcontracting, producing precision aircraft parts for prestigious companies such as Rolls Royce, Hawker & Martin Baker. The company went onto design pick up arms and turntables for the high end audio market and today continues to manufacture highly complex precision components. 

Taking place over two days the photography for SME captured both the heritage aspects of the company alongside the modern precision engineering. It was clear on my first visit to the factory that the company was unique from its 1950’s era architecture to the ethos of hand crafted engineering alongside cutting edge lathes and milling machines.

Everyone I SME Ltdmet had a passion for the company and engineering. I was impressed also to see that the founder Mr Robertson-Aikman’s original office remained untouched retaining the original decor of the 1960’s. Most of the product photography took place here and it was like stepping back in time, with wonderful objects from the era such as a desk fan, intercom and telephone. As well as the original furniture and furnishings.

The photographs taken were primarily for a redesign of the SME website which was recently launched. With a long shot list the photo shoot presented many challenges. I was tasked with photographing both exterior shots of the factory as well products on a white screen and environmental imagery of the factory and the precision components. The challenges consisted mainly of working in a confined space that was not

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Contemporary Corporate Portrait Photography – Reigate, Surrey.

Sample photography from a recent corporate portrait shoot taken for  WS Planning & Architecture in Reigate, Surrey.

WS Planning & Architecture follow a Four Stage Planning & Design Process that utilises the combined knowledge of their planning and architectural teams.

All images were shot with the available daylight. The whole process was relaxed and the teams at WSPA were great to get to know.

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London Skyline

A couple of dusk / golden hour photographs taken of the London skyline from Guy’s Tower, towards the North West and South during downtime on a corporate shoot.

St. Paul's Cathedral, London.

St. Paul’s Cathedral – Designed by Sir Christopher Wren

 

Strata SE1 "Razor" or "Razors Edge" Elephant and Castle, London. Designed by BFLS

The Strata SE1 Building – Designed by BFLS.

Strata SE1 sometimes called the “Razor” or “Razors Edge” at Elephant and Castle, London.

Before & After Aircraft Interior Refurbishment

Recent work taken of aircraft galley’s undergoing refurbishment. Animated gif’s show before and after photography.

 

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All Images Copyright © Alex Orrow. All Rights Reserved.

2016 Round Up

London, Surrey, Crawly, Redhill Commercial Corporate Portrait Photographer

The Advanced Screening Centre at The Harley Street Clinic

Recent marketing photography completed for one of London’s premier hospitals The Advanced Screening Centre at The Harley Street Clinic. The Harley Street Clinic is part of the worlds largest private hospital groups HCA Healthcare and is located in the heart of London’s prestigious medical district.

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