Today’s Question: I usually tap “B” to add an image to the target collection, but what is the “Quick Collection”?
Tim’s Quick Answer: The Quick Collection in Lightroom Classic is a permanent collection intended for grouping together photos for a temporary purpose, such as when you want to export photos for a special purpose.
More Detail: Today’s question is a follow-up to my answer from the June 20th edition of the Ask Tim Grey eNewsletter, which you can review here:
The Quick Collection in Lightroom Classic is the default target collection, meaning that pressing the letter “B” on the keyboard will add an image to the Quick Collection if you haven’t set another collection as the target collection. The Quick Collection can be a helpful way to group photos together for a temporary purpose.
For example, if you want to export a group of photos to email to someone and you don’t need to have a long-term reference to that group of photos, you can use the Quick Collection. I often use the Quick Collection when I need to export images for sharing in situations where I don’t need to be able to easily go back to that specific group of photos later.
The letter “B” on the keyboard is the shortcut for the current target collection, and the Quick Collection is the default target collection. Therefore, if you haven’t assigned another collection as the target collection then pressing “B” on the keyboard will add the currently selected photos to the Quick Collection.
It is worth noting that if you right-click on the Quick Collection you can choose “Save Quick Collection” from the popup menu to create a new collection that includes the photos currently in the Quick Collection.