Sunday, February 15th 2009

Using Stars in Lightroom

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been working on another huge project: giving each of my photos a star rating.

Once again, a huge job, but with a huge advantage now that it is done. For any given month or time period I can easily filter out my best (or worst!) photos. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner.

It is interesting to see how the ratings are distributed between the years:

Year 2006 2007 2008
1 star 1% 2% 7%
2 stars 51% 37% 30%
3 stars 38% 47% 50%
4 stars 9% 12% 11%
5 stars   1% 2% 2%

Most notably, the number of 2 star photos has gone down and the number of one star photos went up quite a bit. The latter is because I’ve started trying HDR the last year, which gives many under and overexposed shots, that end up getting one star.

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