Lightroom Filters and the “No Photo Selected” Window
My asset management workflow is relatively rigorous. I am particular about the metadata applied to my photos and when in my workflow that happens. On the back end, I reap the rewards. With Lightroom's Library Filter, I can quickly take cross-sections of my catalog based on a variety of criteria, and easily find relevant photos with only a few clicks. For example, I ensure the metadata I consider important is applied before I post process a photo. In my workflow, adding keywords comes after rating and geotagging. Smart Collections help me keep track of where each photo is in my workflow.
I periodically revisit my photo backlog and move older or lower rated photos through my workflow. Let's take the example of adding keywords. I'll open my WF3: Keyword (Travel) Smart Collection and start adding keywords. In any filtered view of photos, whether it be through the Library Filter or a Smart Collection, as soon as you commit a change to any of the filter or rule criteria, Lightroom immediately removes focus for the changed photo.
Coming from Aperture, this is a surprise. I totally understand after the keyword update the photo no longer matches the filter criteria applied. What I dislike is Lightroom automatically advances to the next photo (and, for the record, I do not have Photo > Auto Advance enabled). If I realize I forgot to add a particular keyword, I can't easily make an update because the photo is no longer at my fingertips. I now have to switch to another collection or otherwise hunt down the photo just updated. I would prefer Lightroom not remove focus from the photo until I deselect the photo.
A More Annoying Example
Here's a more annoying example. I use a Library Filter against a folder of images to find photos that need to be processed.
I select a moody photo overlooking the ocean from some cliffs and move into the Develop module.
There is an obvious dust spot in the lower right portion of the photo. I press the hotkey Q to open the Spot Healing tool and click on the spot. Immediately after the click, Lightroom presents:
What happened?!?!? Well, the Spot Healing is a Develop adjustment and the photo no longer matches the criteria of “Default Settings” in the Library Filter. Even though this photo is my “most selected” photo and I'm actively working on it, Lightroom yanks focus away. If you listen carefully, that sound you hear is me screaming.
A Workaround – the Quick Collection
The only workaround I've devised is to batch up sets of photos using the Quick Collection. The Quick Collection is like any other curated collection, so there is no criteria associated with the photos in the collection. As I find photos in my backlog I want to work with, I press the hotkey B to add them to the Quick Collection. When a set is gathered up, Command-B (Mac) or Control-B (PC) jumps me to the Quick Collection.
The Quick Collection workaround is, well, workable. However, it's clunky. Do you have a better approach to this problem? Do you know a way to tell Lightroom to keep focus on the most selected photo, even when its criteria no longer matches an active?