I would like to sort images in the library for collections based on either Title or Caption. I want a title or each slide for identifying Genus/Species of each picture. That is easy enough to do. There is however no sort option in Lightroom for either Title or Caption, and sort is limited to metadata fields that are useless to me. I am very disappointed that a top rated program like Lightroom is crippled by its limited sort options. Is there any hope that Adobe will rectify this? In the library subcatalogue folders, their is no way to arrange photos aphabetically using the Genus\species name. Being a long time user of Aperture, I really had better expectations when I recently made the switch to Lightroom. Any suggestions?
Please add your Upvote (Green Arrow) at the below feature request for this capability. There's also a plugin suggestion that can sort on title, caption and other fields.
Agreed! I suggest ading a comment at the above request link and copy and paste your post here with any additions you'd like to add there.
Futher to my message, it appears the genus/species info can be added as a label text, placed at the top of the image in the library viewer, and sorted under Label? This allows images to be viewed alphabetically. Does anyone know if there is a maximum limit to the number of Label Texts that can be added in Lightroom?
If you are referring to 'Color Label Sets', then see here https://helpx.adobe.com/ca/lightroom-classic/help/flag-label-rate-photos.html. I don't think you can create more that then 5 colors they are associated with.
Going back to your original "I would like to sort images in the library for collections" have you considered using Keywording? In LR, you can create keyword hierarchies which may support the taxonomy you need to describe. Smart Collections can automatically assign a picture based on the keywords associated.
This seems like the best solution. Use keyswords. Than use smart collections, Smart Collections can automatically assign a picture based on the keywords associated.
WRT "Even with Smart Collections, I realize it can assign a picture to a folder in the phylogenetic tree." it may just be your choice of words but Collections do not move pictures to or create folders.
I also just came across this plug-in that may be useful Jeffrey’s “Collection Publisher” Lightroom Plugin
"This Lightroom “Publish” plugin allows you to export copies of your Lightroom photos to local disk in a folder hierarchy that mimics the collection hierarchy you build within Lightroom."
I am using the "Label Text" in the metadata list. No colour label. The label has been assigned to the top of each image in the viewer. The file name at the bottom. I can then set sort via Label and it will sort images aphabetically. So far I have attached about 40 labels to slides (Genus/Species) and it appears to work. I prefer to see the slide in the viewer with the scientific name above it. In an ideal word, the scientific name could be applied as "Title" (which it can) but cannot be sorted with this field.
I have looked into Lightroom Toolkit but it must be added to LR to do what I need. I send many of my slide collections to colleagues who use LR, but in order for them to see the Library in sorted view, they would also need to install the app. Unfortunate; a few dozen lines of code would probably solve this problem and allow sort by Title.
Apologies. The 'Label' field you are referring to maps to the XMP metadata schema field Label. This is one of the challenges in that LR by default works with standard photo related metadata schemas.
To your point of "I send many of my slide collections to colleagues who use LR," then you may be able to export a Catalog for them to use. They would then be able to view that Catalog using your taxonomy giving them further flexibility. Just a thought.