Often time when i imported my photo files into my computer, i have such problem of selecting images that was taken in just split second, sometimes up to 5 images are all almost the same. Moving from one image to another can be tricky as we are trying to find which are the best among the selected images. Well, not anymore, you now can do it in Lightroom to compare the images in one window by using Survey view in Library module.
To do so, first you need be in Library Module and select images that you want to decide as the final selection or the best.
Once you have selected the images, hit “N” to view selected images in Survey mode. I recommend only to select & view 6 images at one time as the image preview will get smaller as the number of selected images increased. Viewing those 6 image in at one time isn’t quite bad, you can zoom in each images in the survey mode if required to view more of the details.
After viewing those images, now you can shortlist you selection by eliminating images that doesn’t fit your requirement. To eliminate the images, click “x” on the bottom right of each image, the “x” only appear when you mouse-up on the image. You too can hold “ctrl or cmd” and click the image to eliminate them. As you eliminate the images, the remaining images preview gest bigger, it really helps you to make your decision in larger view.
The image that have been eliminate will automatically deselected from the selection so that you can just proceed to do whatever you want to do with the remaining selected images.
“In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing” – Theodore Roosevelt
This is the basic of viewing our photos in Adobe Lightroom, the Grid View and Loupe View. You might want to try the shortcut key for both veiwing mode, to view the photos in grid view, press G (both Windows & Mac).
You can adjust the increase/decrease thumbnail size by pressing “=” (increase) or “-” (decrease) – it work for both Windows & Mac.
If you want to view it more detail and bigger, press E (Loupe View).
You can actually expand Loupe view by hiding the side panels, filmstrip, module picker, and expand it to fullscreen viewing. Shortcut key for this is Ctrl + Shift + F (Windows) and Command + Shift + F (Mac)