Lightroom: How To Set Up Target Collections

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allows users to easily manipulate, organize and sort their photos. One of the ways that Lightroom lets users organize their photos is by setting up Target Collections. By simply following a few easy steps, users can quickly set up Target Collections and automatically move their photos to these groups.

Step 1: Defining a Target Collection

Users working in Lightroom often want to add photos to collections, especially if they were taken at the same time or at the same event. Usually, photographers have to manually drag photos into collections, which can be very time consuming.

On the other hand, if a user sets up a Target Collection, they can automatically by hitting a single key, the B key. As soon as this key is hit, the photo is automatically added to the Target Collection. This will speed up the entire process and allow the photographer to more efficiently use his/her time.

Step 2: How to Set Up a Target Collection

If a user hasn't set up a Target Collection, hitting the B key will send the photo to the Quick Collection. The Quick Collection is the same thing as the Target Collection, except that it's the default for these types of actions.

Users can see which collection is the Target Collection since there will be a plus sign (+) after the collection. So, users can readily see that the Quick Collection is the default Target Collection. But, users can choose their own Target Collection.

To change the Quick Collection to a Target Collections, users should follow the below steps:

  • Users should create a file that they wish to turn into the Target Collection.
  • Give the folder a name.
  • Once the folder is created, users can now right click in Windows or Control-click in Mac on the folder. A dropdown menu will appear.
  • Users should scroll down to the Set as Target Collection.

Once selected, the new Target Collection will have a plus sign after it. Now, all users need to do is hit the B key to add photos to the new Target Collection.

When the user is done with a particular collection, he / she can right-click or Control-click on the Quick Collection and make it the Target Collection again. Users should always revert back to the Quick Collection once done with a particular collection. If not, non-related photos will end up in the wrong location.

Step 3: Why Photographers Should Use Target Collections

Photographers, especially professional photographers, may have to wade through large numbers of photographs when editing a collection. This is especially true for client photographs. The Target Collection allows a photographer to wade through a number of photographs, manipulate them if need be and create a "keep list" of photographs that will be shown to the client.

Instead of providing the client with the entire collection of photographs, the photographer can simply add which ones that he she wants to keep to the Target Collection. The Target Collection can also be used if a photographer is creating a portfolio of work. Only the best should be sent portfolio file.