How to Search Your Lightroom Catalog by Lens or Camera!

Are you struggling to find specific photos in your Lightroom catalog based on the lenses or cameras used to capture them? It can be frustrating to sort through hundreds or even thousands of images to find the ones taken with a particular lens or camera. However, there’s no need to worry because we have the perfect solution for you! In this blog post, we’ll show you how to easily search your Lightroom catalog by lens or camera, helping you quickly locate the photos you need. With our tips and tricks, you’ll be able to streamline your workflow and spend less time searching for images and more time editing and creating stunning photographs. Let’s dive in and make organizing your Lightroom catalog a breeze!

How to Search Your Lightroom Catalog by Lens or Camera

How to Search Your Lightroom Catalog by Lens or Camera

Here’s a quick and handy little tutorial for you in Lightroom showing you how to filter through your shots by which camera or lens you used. All you need to do is make sure you’re in your library. Here on the left is going to be all our folders – in this case, my 2023 Folder – with nearly 10,000 photos in it.

If you don’t want to comb through them individually searching for a photo, if you happen to know which lens you’re looking for that has that shot, you can go up to metadata here, click on that, and then there’s going to be some filters for shots with cameras and/or lenses.

Using Filters in Lightroom

In this case, let’s use the 35 to 150 lens. That’s going to show every single photo out of the 10,000 that were shot with this lens. This method saves you a ton of time and is incredibly simple.


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How to Search Your Lightroom Catalog by Lens or Camera FAQ

Q: How do I search my Lightroom catalog by lens or camera?

A: To search your Lightroom catalog by lens or camera, go to the Library module and click on the Metadata tab. From there, you can use the dropdown menus to select the lens or camera you want to search for.

Q: Can I search for multiple lenses or cameras at once?

A: Yes, you can search for multiple lenses or cameras at once by using the “Any” or “All” options in the dropdown menus. This allows you to search for images taken with any of the selected lenses or cameras, or only images taken with all of the selected lenses or cameras.

Q: Can I save my search criteria for future use?

A: Yes, you can save your search criteria as a Smart Collection in Lightroom. This allows you to easily access the search results in the future without having to manually re-enter the search criteria each time.

Q: Are there any limitations to searching by lens or camera in Lightroom?

A: While Lightroom allows you to search by lens or camera, it’s important to note that this information is only available for images that have metadata embedded in them. Images without this metadata may not be included in the search results.

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