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Updating metadata

From: Getting Started with Lightroom 4

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The moment we capture a digital image, there's metadata contained within that photos. That includes information added to the image by the camera, such as the ISO setting that was used, the Focal Length of the lens, the Lens Aperture, and the Shutter Speed. And of course, there are a variety of other details that are also added. We can view that information and add to it using the Library Module in Lightroom. I'll go ahead and scroll down on the right panel in the Library Module to the Metadata section.

Updating metadata

The moment we capture a digital image, there's metadata contained within that photos. That includes information added to the image by the camera, such as the ISO setting that was used, the Focal Length of the lens, the Lens Aperture, and the Shutter Speed. And of course, there are a variety of other details that are also added. We can view that information and add to it using the Library Module in Lightroom. I'll go ahead and scroll down on the right panel in the Library Module to the Metadata section.

And you can see that we have a variety of information about this photo. I can see the Pixel Dimensions, the Exposure information, whether or not I fired the flash, which type of camera and lens were used and other details about the photo. And some of that information I actually added myself. Obviously, I updated the file name when I imported the image and I have also added my copyright information upon import. However, it can helpful in terms of organizing your images, to also add additional information about your photos. I'll go ahead and select an image that I'd like to add some information about. In large part, I use Metadata to help remind me about particular details of a photo, and there are many details that we can add. At the top of the Metadata section, you'll see a pop up that allows you to determine which particular fields are displayed.

For example, we can view x if information, which is the information the camera added to the photo. We can also view x, if, and IPTC, which provides additional details that we can add. But in most cases, unless you're working with a stock photography agency, you probably don't need to include all of this information. And so, the default set may be adequate for you. The point is that we can adjust which particular fields are visible based on that pop up. For this image, I'll just add some basic information so that I can be sure to remember in the future what this subject is.

This happens to be a little workshop that's attached to the Saint Stephens Cathedral in Vienna, and so I'll add some of that information so that I'll always be able to reference it and remember exactly what the subject is. I tend to use the Title and Caption fields for that purpose, in part both because they're standard fields that are readily available, and also because those fields can later be used when sharing my images. For example, I can use the Title to identify an image in a web gallery, that I might post on my website through Lightroom.

I'll go ahead and call this Workshop at Saint Stephen's Cathedral, that's just a basic title for the image. And then I can provide additional details in the Caption field. So, I'll include more descriptive details for the image and I'm also going to include the local name, the Austrian name for Saint Stephen's Cathedral, that happens to be Stefan's Dome, and that information just might be helpful down the road.

And I'll include basic location information as well. This is just an example of some of the information you might add to an image. Obviously, there are a variety of options, and the option that makes the most sense for you will just depend on how you work with your images, how you search for your images and what information is important. But at a bare minimum I suggest identifying key subjects in your favorite photos using these Metadata values.

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