Three Reasons to Use "Pick/Reject" in Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom offers a handful of methods for sorting and organizing your images. However, some methods work better for different types of shoots than others.

For example, the star-rating method works well when there are “levels” of selects, such as in a commercial shoot, where there are many people weighing in on the images and where they’ll end up being used.

The color-coding method works well when images need to be separated by a certain criterion. If you’re a travel photographer, for example, you may want to categorize images based on a certain location.

But when it comes to wedding photography, in this author’s humble opinion, there’s only one method worth using: “Pick” and “Reject”.

Image courtesy of  Go Ask Erin .

Image courtesy of Go Ask Erin.

In this post, we’re going to talk about why the “Pick/Reject” method is the best method to use when culling a wedding shoot.

Reinforces Decisiveness

When deciding on images to include in your client’s wedding photography collection, it is imperative that you’re decisive in your edit. If it’s good enough, it stays; if it’s not, it goes. Your clients are paying you to make that decision for them!

This reinforcement of decisiveness is precisely why the “Pick/Reject” works so well for wedding photography. For example, of the 10 versions of the same group formal you photographed, you only need to deliver the best one to your client.

Improves Culling Speed

Now that you’re in an ultra-decisive state of mind, your culling speed will increase dramatically. No more fretting over which variation to give to your clients. Give them YOUR best and be done!

Easier to Organize

Using the Pick/Reject method also makes it easy to keep track of which are keepers and which images aren’t.

By creating two “Smart Collections”, one for Picks and one for Rejects, you can quickly see which images you’ve picked and rejected. Furthermore, you can always go into each collection and “undo” your pick.

When you’re ready to begin color correcting, just go into your “Picks” collection and get to work!