How do I use Search to find photos?

Search tool is super powerful and great for finding, organizing, and sharing your favorite photos, videos, and albums.

Search works with attributes (example - rating:4 to find all photos with a rating of 4); and natural language (example - not in an album; this will return all photos that have not yet been added to an album.)

Search works best when you:

  1. Type slowly into the search bar
  2. Click on the most appropriate drop-down search term suggestions that appear below the search bar once you start typing.

Below is a list of the most common search attributes and how to use them. Go ahead give it a try - the best way to learn is to test it out!

Organization

Key: taken_at_date
Values: text and numbers
Search Example: taken_at_date:[2004 TO 2008] - will return all media in your Picturelife library with a taken at date between 2004 and 2008.

Key: not in an album
Values: text
Search Example: not in an album - will return all media not currently organized in any albums

Key: in the album
Values: text or numbers - dependent on album name
Search Example: in the album Summer Festivals 2012 will return all media that are in the album labeled "Summer Festivals 2012"

Key: Star rating
Values: 1-5
Search Example: rating:5

Key: Tagged
Values: text - CASE SENSITIVE
Search Example: tagged "kittens"

To exclude a tag from search results:

Key: -tag:
Values: text - CASE SENSITIVE
Search Example: -tag:"dogs"

Another example: Search for all photos tagged "cat" and exclude all photos tagged "dog"
Values: text - CASE SENSITIVE
Search Example: First search: tagged "cat" ---- on TOP of this search (do not remove any text from the search bar) add -tag:"dogs"

You can, in theory, add as many exclusions to the search as you like.

Example:

Original File Name or Path

PLEASE NOTE: this search key is NOT currently working for photos uploaded after August 4th 2014. It does work for photos uploaded before that date. We'll update this article once original_file_path search is back online for newer uploads.

Key: original_file_name
Values: any text (case sensitive)
Search Example: original_file_name:IMG will return all of your photos with IMG in the name

Original File Path - MAC users:

Key: original_file_path
Values: exact file path location where the photo was stored, upon original upload to Picturelife (case sensitive)
Search Example: original_file_path:"/Users/Amy/Pictures/Chicago Summer 2012/"

We do not recommend using original_file_path as a search attribute for iPhoto & Aperture users uploads. Instead, search for photos originally stored in your iPhoto or Aperture libraries by original_file_name, date, event name, or album name.

Original File Path - WINDOWS users:
Key: original_file_path
Values: exact file path location where the photo was stored, upon original upload to Picturelife (case sensitive)
Search Example: original_file_path:"C:\\Users\\Amy\\Pictures\\2012\\2012-11-13\\"

Notes: The search is CASE SENSITIVE and requires "quotation marks" around the local file path when you run the search. The search will return all photos that were uploaded from that path, including photos uploaded from subfolders along that path.

For example, my MAC pictures folder called "Chicago Summer 2012" contains three subfolders on my computer - "Lollapalooza", "Boating", and "BBQs". The search I used in the above example returns pictures that were stored in those subfolders when I originally uploaded them to my Picturelife account.

Privacy Level

Key: privacy
Values: 1-6
1 - Private
2 - Specific People
3 - Friends
4 - Friends of Friends
5 - People with a Link
6 - Anyone
Search Example: privacy:6 will return all public photos

Key: shared_with_family
Values: 0 or 1
Search Example: shared_with_family:1 will return all photos you've shared with your family

Media Format / Size

Key: format
Values: PNG, TIFF, JPEG (case sensitive)
Search Example: format:PNG will return all PNGs you have backed up

Key: width
Values: any number
Search Example: width:100 will return all your photos with width 100

Key: height
Values: any number
Search Example: height:100 will return all your photos with height 100

Key: Video
Values: text
Search Example: That are videos will return all videos in your library

Key: duration
Values: any number
Search Example: duration:[0 TO 60] will return all videos of duration between 0 and 60 seconds (case sensitive)

Device Make or Model

Key: camera_make
Values: any text (case sensitive)
Search Example: camera_make:Canon will return all of your photos taken with a Canon camera

Key: camera_model
Values: any text (case sensitive)
Search Example: camera_model:iPhone will return all of your iPhone photos

Video tutorial: Search for a tagged video:



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    Charles Shopsin

    I've been trying to use the originalfilepath selector and I've been getting some weird behavior. If I use the query: originalfilepath:"G:\" I get back about 1200 photos. But if I do "G:\pictures\" I get back something I get back 8700. It seems like the more specific I am with the path, the more images it returns. This seems like a bug, however I've only now just started understanding the full power of the search and it is amazing, so thank you!

    One question, is there any way to find out all of the quereyable attributes and/or values? The suggestions are great, but I feel like I have to go fishing around to see what's possible.

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    Picturelife Support

    Hi Charles,

    I think the G:\ will only return photos stored at the top level folders in the G drive, but the G:\pictures\ goes one level deeper. I'll confirm this with our Search guru when he's back in the office (he's out this week).

    I'm writing up a few more suggestions for search right now, in a new article. That said, the best way to get to know search really is to play around with it and find what works best for you!

    Thanks!
    Amy

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