Folders in Lightroom
I have diligently tried to keep this technology section of LensWork Daily from deteriorating into a series of complaints about technology. It's easy to be frustrated, but it doesn't do any of us any good for me to complain about it unless there are solutions that can be offered. However, I'm going to break form and complain about one of the most frustrating aspects of Lightroom. I had hoped this might be resolved in the upgrade to Lightroom 4. Unfortunately, the frustration still exists.
As my use of Lightroom has deepened over time, I find my catalogs growing larger and larger. That, in itself, is not a problem. In fact it's one of Lightroom's strengths. However, my catalogs are organized into numerous folders and occasionally sub-folders. They exist that way on my hard drive and have all been imported in Lightroom using the same structure. As a result, I have hundreds of folders in my Lightroom "Folders" panel.
Most typically, I work with the images in a given folder at the beginning of any process. Obviously, the first task is to navigate to that folder so I can use the grid view to start working with the images contained therein. My frustration is in the simple task of finding these folders.
In my two primary Lightroom databases — LensWork and my personal Brooks Jensen Arts database — the folders are organized appropriate to those databases. The LensWork folders are organized alphabetically by the photographer's last name. In my personal database, folders are numbered in the sequence in which I photograph them. In LensWork, to find "Zee, Allan Bruce" I have to use the mouse and the scrollbar to move to the end of the sequence in order to find his folder. In my personal database, I have to use the mouse and the scrollbar to move to the end of the sequence to find my most recent folder. Why can't I just type "Zee" or "Frozen Ponds" to jump directly to the folder of interest?
This is even more complicated when the folder I need is not at the end of the list — e.g., "Maroccolo, Marco" or "1113 Upper Salt River Canyon." Having to manually scroll and look for something is so cumbersome that I find it hard to believe Adobe has not addressed this issue.
Adding salt to the wound, wouldn't it be logical to be able to search for the folder using the search function? Try it. Press Ctrl-F (I assume Cmd-F on a Mac) and type in a folder name. Lightroom won't find it because for some unfathomable reason it doesn't search folder names. There are lots of choices in the drop-down "Text" menu, but folder names isn't one of them.
The only option I can see is to include the folder name as a keyword in the metadata of an image. But that requires me to make those keywords and to clutter up my keyword fields with all my folder names! How silly! How hard would it be for Adobe to add the folder name as one of the searchable fields?
Okay, I'm done complaining. I suppose what I'm really hoping for is that one of you know how to do this simple task that I can't seem to accomplish. Please, I would be more than willing to look foolish if one of you can tell me how to do this. Or perhaps, I'm hoping that one of you is a decision-maker at Adobe who can fix this silly oversight.