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Lightroom in 60-Seconds: Getting Rid of Bad Photos Fast!

It’s Tuesday, and that means it’s time for another installment in my new video series called “Lightroom in 60-Seconds.” This one’s on tagging ‘Rejects’ (photos that are just plain bad, out of focus, or otherwise messed up) and making them all go away, really fast, and all at once. Here ‘tis:

NOTE: I normally do this reject tagging as soon as I import the images into Lightroom (before I put any images of these images into a Collection or Collection set). So, when you delete them at this stage it deletes the actual image from both Lightroom and from your computer or hard drive as well.

If you do this after you’ve put your images into a Collection, it will just remove the Rejected photos from your current Collection. A quick way to remove them permanently is to go to the Catalog panel and click on “All Photographs” then choose Delete Rejected Photos, and it will remove them from everywhere (LR, and your hard drive).

Hope you found that helpful.

Have a rockin’ Tuesday, everybody!

-Scott

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5 comments

  1. Lisa 15 October, 2019 at 09:34 Reply

    Or, in the grid view in Library tab, in the Library Filter bar at the top of the thumbnails section, click on Attribute, then click on the black “rejected” flag symbol. All your rejects will appear. Then click on Backspace on your keyboard, and a window pops up asking if you want to only remove them from Lightroom, or remove them and delete them from the disk, or cancel.
    As my hard drive is filling up, I want to get rid of them right away. You still get one more chance if you have made a mistake- they will still be in the trash bin on your desktop until you empty that.

  2. Rick Grant 15 October, 2019 at 09:08 Reply

    I quite like your “Lightroom in 60 Seconds” series.

    I look forward to each installment.

    But I must say that I miss Adobe’s Benjamin Warde and his Lightroom Coffee Break videos. His odd deadpan delivery somehow really works well in the videos which are wonderful examples of stripped down and effective expository writing. I wonder what happened to his series?

    Long may your 60 Seconds series run. It is very well done and useful.

  3. Eric Vaandering 15 October, 2019 at 03:38 Reply

    The way you showed it, they are not out of Lightroom at all, just out of whatever collection you happened to be in.

    You should switch to a folder view and select Delete Rejected. Then they are really at least out of Lightroom and if you select “delete from Disk” they are well and truly gone from your computer (well, they are in the trash).

    • Scott Kelby 15 October, 2019 at 06:49 Reply

      Hi, Eric: Great point! I updated the post to include that I normally do this right after I first import my images into Lightroom before they are placed into a Collection or Collection Set. That way, when you delete the rejects it removes them from your computer. Thanks for catching that. 🙂

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