So, I have a drive with about 1TB of photos on it. Every photo is in it's own folder and the folder is labelled by event (Think a folder for X&X's Wedding, M's Birthday, X&Y's Wedding, etc.). I'm working on keywording them which at 1TB of stuff, is tedious. However, if I could search by FOLDER and find anything with the word Wedding, I could batch keyword all the stuff for Weddings.
I can't seem to find anything online on how to do this though and the search capabilities makes me think this isn't possible.
Are you on Mac or PC
Ah, sorry. If you were Mac I had a 3rd party option. Sorry.
Try Lightroom Classic
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Sure you can:
Edit menu > Find
Many people don't know of this feature, they only know of the search field in the upper right of the main window.
That doesn't help when there are multiple folders though. I have a folder for 2021 then in that folder I have sub folders for work and in those sub folders are more folders. It's organized a specific way for work but it also means that in each third tier sub folder I could have multiple files for wedding and there is no way to just search for the folders in 2021 and keyword all the files in those folders.
Look lower, sorry I didn't circle this before
The files have to be named for that to pull them. If it's just img_ then searching wedding won't pull them though, right?
if I'm searching in windows I'd used a syntax like kind:folder AND filename:*wedding and it would pull all the folders and I could open the folders and batch change info but for bridge I can't seem to find a way for it to search for folders of a certain word so I can batch keyword everything in them. It just does a blanket search for file names.
Please take the time to look this over. There are multiple ways to search that include boolean approaches. Please note that you can have multiple search criteria.
Bridge Find searches a nominated top level folder, with an option to recurse into subfolders. As mentioned there are multiple search criteria.
Once files and folders are returned, you can additionally use the view menu to include/exclude the view of folders and to show items from subfolders. Then there is the filter panel to include/exclude by various file properties.
There is a lot of power and flexibility in the Find command or smart collections. It is not always obvious how to achieve a given result, however, it is often possible to do so.