Prepping Your Images for Registration

In my last post, I talked about the process for determining which images should be registered and under what category. In this post, I’m going to share my process for culling the images for burning to a disk. I happen to use Lightroom, however any cataloging software that allows you to combine many images from different shoots will work.

Unfortunately, you can’t use this method with programs like Bridge or Photo Mechanic since they only allow you to view one folder at a time. The benefit to Lightroom is that you can combine an entire year’s worth (or more) of images into a single catalog. By having all of your images in one place, the process of picking out photos for registering is made much, much easier.

Here’s a breakdown of my editing process following a shoot:

1. Images imported into my computer using Photo Mechanic. I do a quick first edit in PM.

2. Import selected images into Lightroom. Follow up with a tighter edit. Apply one star in Lightroom to those images.

3. Edit for client. These images receive two stars.

4. Edit for posting to Facebook, website and blog. These images receive three stars.

When it comes to registering images, I’m not too worried about the images that are not imported into Lightroom since it is doubtful that they will ever see the light of day. My one star images I can register as unpublished.

That leaves the images that I will want to register as published – those which have two stars or more. Here’s how I select out those starting with my catalog in Lightroom using the Library view.

If I select the Custom Filter menu item “Rated,” only those images with stars will be displayed. By clicking on the two stars icon next to it, my view will be restricted to images with two stars or more. See below.

The next step is to filter out only those images from the time period that we’re interested in. Head up to the top of the screen where it says “Metadata.” Click on that and then make sure the “Date” filter item is selected.

Next, you’ll be able select year and months of image that you wish to view. If you wish to view all of 2011, then click on 2011. At this point, only images with two stars or more from 2011 will be displayed.

That works for an entire year, but we can also break things down by month. Let’s say you wish to register only images from selected months in 2011 . In that case, click on the triangle next to 2011 and then Command Click (Mac) on the appropriate months. Once you start registering every quarter (three months), picking out the photos you need using this method will literally take seconds.

The next step is to select all of the images (use the keyboard shortcut Command A) and export them to a folder. Here’s what my Export Dialogue Box looks like. Basically, I’m copying the images to a folder using a 600×600 pixel size (based upon the advice of experts) and level 60 jpeg.

Once the images are done exporting, it’s burn to a Windows compatible disk and then ship the disk off to the Copyright Office. While you’re waiting for the images to export, you can head over to and fill out the online form. In my next blog post, I’ll walk you through that as well.


About johnmireles

Photographer, writer, thinker, climber, outrigger canoeist, bad guitar player and even worse singer.
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3 Responses to Prepping Your Images for Registration

  1. akismet-5054141113bf11b2fb9173679e21dfca says:

    John, maybe i missed it or have bad info but i thought that a collection must be for the same client to qualify. That pulling a 3 month date range (if it included several different clients) would not qualify as a collection. Am i missing something in your process or is my information incorrect?

    • johnmireles says:

      Sean – the images don’t have to be for the same client to be registered together on one form. You can use whatever parameters you wish for a collection of images so long as the images were published in the same year.

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