I found some locked posts from as far back as 2010 that explained in detail why this needs to happen. I'm a bit baffled that lightroom has not made it easier to select multiple exact photos by searching similar to Window 7 search. With the ability to select photos and choose "open as layers in Photoshop" this feature alone is worth the time spent to code a better search/filter.
Anyone have a solution to how I can search my photos in lightroom and return just the ones I want?
Like this for "contains all": "large pig" OR "big antelope" OR pizza NOT pork
Or for instance if choosing "contains" like this: "large pig" "big antelope" pizza NOT pork
Seems like basic stuff here, am I missing a reason to why this search is the best way to do it?
PS. One more thing: Grid view, Loupe view, Compare view, Survey view..... Why can't I get a List view or File View of just names?
In general, many have found LR's search capabilities lacking -- please vote and add your voice to this thread in the official Adobe feedback forum:
For specific searches, there are often ways to accomplish what you want in LR. In particular, smart collections provide the ability to construct arbitrary boolean queries. Not nearly as convenient as being able to type the query directly into a search box, but it often gets the job done. If you have a particular example that you can't figure out how to get LR to handle, post it here, and one of us might be able to suggest a way to get LR to find the pics you want.
At the end of the thread I linked is a list of a number of plugins that fill in the gaps of LR search. Most would prefer more capabilities built-in to LR, but meanwhile, these plugins can help you get your job done.
Why can't I get a List view or File View of just names?
Many people have asked for this feature as well -- please vote and add your opinion to this thread:
That thread refers to a plugin that provides a good list view.