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Any way to browse the catalogue by date, without seeing thousands of photos from the same day?

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There are some days when I took thousands of photos, other days when I just took one or two. Does anyone know a good way to browse through my LrC catalogue to see just one or a few photos for each date?

I know I can go to all photos and then filter by date, but then if there's a day when I just took one photo I have to click the day to see it - I want to just scroll through. Ideally it would be something like the best N photos from each day, where best can mean highest rated, or accepted. But an arbitrarily selected photo from each day would be fine too.

I'm not looking for something specific, I just want to browse the catalogue of photos I've taken, maybe find something interesting to edit, maybe just enjoy looking at things.
 
Looks like a feature like this would fit nicely as a smart collection option, but there isn't any way I can see to limit the number per day when creating a smart collection. It's a bit like auto-stacking, but I don't want to auto-stack my entire collection - it should just be a view option.
 
By assigning keywords, flags and rating stars you can isolate the images that you might be interested in seeing on a secular day. Unless you have other criteria to isolate the number of images that you want to see from those that you don't want to see, LrC has no way of knowing which images to show.

Once you have assigned keywords, Flags, labels and ratings, you can create a smart collection that includes the creation date range and other criteria that you need.
 
> LrC has no way of knowing which images to show

As I said, it could be built to show the highest rated images from each day, or the first images from each day. Even a random selection would be better than nothing. Once I've found a day where it looks like I was taking interesting photos it would be easy to click through to see everything from that day.
 
> LrC has no way of knowing which images to show

As I said, it could be built to show the highest rated images from each day, or the first images from each day. Even a random selection would be better than nothing. Once I've found a day where it looks like I was taking interesting photos it would be easy to click through to see everything from that day.
You could stack your photos by day, but that's not an ideal approach. Or you could just randomly grab a few photos from each day and add them to a collection. But it seems like you are both bypassing the ability to sort your images according to your own criteria, and you are also not willing to scroll through a large unrated photo shoot.

I save my images in a date-based folder arrangement so I can see images by the day or by the year based on the folder hierarchy. This might be a compromise solution for you. You could also have a month level folder, but I do not shoot that frequently so I skipped adding that to the hierarchy.

--Ken
 
Right I also use date based folders, so using the folders section in the left sidebar instead of the catalog section is a good tip - at least then its just a single click to open each day, and I can just mouseover each folder and see one image in the Naviagor section. Will give that a go.

> Or you could just randomly grab a few photos from each day and add them to a collection.

Yes that sounds good if it could be automated. Maybe I'm going to end up either finding out how to write a plugin or a separate program that would read the catalogue database and display photos.
 
> LrC has no way of knowing which images to show

As I said, it could be built to show the highest rated images from each day,

AS I. SAID, This is easily achieved with a smart collection. You have criteria for which images YOU want to see. You need to tell LrC what those criteria are.


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I think I know what @barney wants.

I think he's looking for a segmented grid, sorted and grouped by day such that each row on the grid would represent 1 day and would show 1 to n photos (n depending on number of images that fit on a row), and each row would be sorted descending by star rating. If there are more images for a particular day than will fit on a single row, then the extras for that day are just not shown. Conversly, if there are fewer images for a particular day than there is room for, then that row has empty cells at the right end of the row.

I don't know any wat to do that, but it's a nice idea.
 
Thanks @Califdan yes exactly, that would do what I want. Except I wasn't thinking of a grid particularly, so if there are fewer images for a particular day then it would give the space to the next day in the list. Days that I don't have photos from wouldn't be shown.
 
I had a script that did something similar, so I quickly modified it to select N random photos (default 1) for each day of the capture
dates in the selected photos, putting the photos into the collection "N per Day":
https://www.dropbox.com/s/1notihftk6m2gb5/n-per-day.lua?dl=0

Instructions for installing and running the script are at the top of that file. After running it, be sure to sort "N per Day" by Capture Time.
 
Interestingly, Lightroom Mobile does pretty much what you want (on Android at least, don't know about iOS). Go to the "All Photos" view, and in the "three dots" menu, turn on "Grid Segmentation" and below that choose "By Day".
 
For me, this is all about workflow on import, using IPTC, metadata, and attributes.

For example, when I import, I apply flags, colour labels and keywords.

You could then set up smart collections with some random rules.

I hope this helps, it's just the way I manage my images and videos and is not necessarily the right way for everyone.

Regards
 
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