Project Description

This video demonstrates how Exposure’s collections features help you manage your photos quickly, easily, and with lots of flexibility. Learn how you can benefit from Exposure’s collections.

Photo: John Barclay, Scott Stulberg, Patrice Mestari, Niall Benvie, Michael GillmanHalftone Studios


Collections in Exposure are virtual folders that you can use to store photos. You can virtually add images to as many collections as you want. You aren’t duplicating photos, so you won’t be filling up your hard drive with multiple copies. The result is a fast and flexible way of organizing your images for different purposes

You create a collection by clicking the plus icon by the Folders panel. Then type a name for your new collection. I’ve created a collection and called it Portfolios. Now I’ll drag and drop images into that collection.

You can create as many collections as you want. Additionally you can add subcollections to a  collection. Say you create a Portfolios collection with images to show potential clients. You can then create a subcollection for a few different styles of work, such as wedding photos and portrait photos.

You can make any collection or subcollection the quick collection. Just right-click on it and select Quick Collection. You can quickly add photos to the current quick collection by pressing a shortcut key

I’ll create a collection for a blog post I’m working on and set it as the quick collection. Then, I’ll add images that I think might work well.

Pressing L once adds an image to your quick collection, and pressing L again removes it. Pressing Shift+L opens the quick collection.

You can move around your collections, rename them, duplicate them, and delete them. For example, if you decide you’d rather have a subcollection be a collection, just drag and drop it onto the Collections header.

You can use cloud storage to sync your collections across multiple computers and share them with others.

Exposure’s smart collections use Exposure’s metadata to automatically populate collections based on the metadata criteria that you specify. These include keywords, ratings, color labels, and flags.

To create a smart collection, click the plus icon by the Folders panel and choose New Smart Collection.

Name your smart collection and then apply the selection criteria you want. I’ll create a smart collection of my top-rated travel images. I’ll set my rating criteria to be at least four stars.

Next, I’ll add another set of criteria, in this case, the keyword “Travel” which I have set as the parent keyword for all of my travel-related keywords.

Now I’ll assign the path I want Exposure to search when building and updating my smart collection. This is helpful if you have any locations you don’t want Exposure’s smart collection to include, such as a backup drive. Now that I’ve defined the collection criteria, I’ll click Create.

My smart collection appears, showing all the images that meet my criteria. As I continue to work with my photos, any future images that meet the rating and keyword criteria I set will be included as well. You can go back and edit your smart collection criteria at any time. Just right-click on the smart collection and choose Edit.

As you can see, the Collections features in Exposure provide you fast, flexible ways to group your photos.