In Lightroom 3, using the metadata filter with one of the columns set to Date in hierarchical mode, I can easily narrow down the date range. I can easily get all photos from 2010, or all October 2010 photos, or all 31 October 2010 photos. But how do I get all photos taken on 31 October regardless of the year? The only way I could find is to manually click on 31 Oct 2010, then Ctrl+Click 31 Oct 2009, Ctrl+Click 31 Oct 2008, and so on. Isn't there a faster way? What if I want all photos between 30 Oct and 2 Nov on any year? Ctrl+clicking all those dates would take forever.
I have not found a direct way to do this, however using a Collection one can come pretty close. Using a Smart Collection one can create multiple rules to define what is included in a collection of images. To create a Smart Collection follow these steps:
You will have to add the rules for all of the years you are looking for to this Smart Collection, but once it is done once you have it for future use.
There are other approaches but this one might be the least cumbersome to create.
Bradford's anser is a good idea, so I accepted his answer. But adding a separate rule for each year in Lightroom takes too many clicks for my taste.
I've found that if I right-click on a smart collection in Lightroom 3 I can choose "export smart collection settings" to save the smart collection's rules into an
The quickest way to make your own smart collection for filtering dates is probably to paste the code below into a text editor, search-and-replace