It’s not too late to come spend the day with me digging deep into Lightroom. Anyway, this is from a post that Matt wrote back in 2010 where he listed some great ideas for Smart Collections, so I wanted to share those (and get some of your ideas, so please share yours in the comments below). Best one wins a signed copy of my How do I do that in Lightroom? book.
> Smart Collection Idea #1: PSD Files Any image edited in Photoshop means it was taken to the next level. Since I’ll usually want to get back to those photos quickly I set the File Type to “PSD” so I can quickly find any PSD files.
> Smart Collection Idea #2: HDR Images Any time I work on an HDR photo in Photoshop I make sure I rename it (to include “HDR) when I get back over to Lightroom. That way, I can set up a Smart Collection where the Filename contains “HDR” so all of my HDR images are just a click away.
> Smart Collection Idea #3: Panoramas Along the same lines of the HDR photos, I do something similar for panos. I make sure to rename any panos when I get back to Lightroom and create a Smart Collection where the Filename contains “Pano.”
> Smart Collection Idea #4: Copyright Check I create a Smart Collection to check for any photos where the Copyright metadata field doesn’t contain “Matt Kloskowski” in it. That way, I can keep an eye on any that I forget to copyright.
> Smart Collection Idea #5: Recently Edited Lightroom also has some default Smart Collections. I kinda like the “Recently Modified” one so I can see what photos I’ve recently changed. I double click on it though, to change it from 2 days to 5 days, and that seems to work well for me.
Hope you found those helpful.