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Join photographer and author Chris Orwig in Photoshop Lightroom 4 Essentials: Organizing and Sharing with the Library Module, as he explores the interface of this popular image-management program and shows how to use its Library module to organize and manage a photo library. The course covers importing both still images and video; shooting in tethered-capture mode; organizing and rating images with flags, stars, labels, and location tags; and working with collections. The course also details how to export, email, and share photos, and introduces the Lightroom 4 video-editing features, as well as its ability to work together with the full editing power of Photoshop. Exercise files are included with the course.
Let's take a look at how we can work with the Metadata panel in the Library module. The Metadata panel is actually pretty powerful, quite fascinating. I am going to go ahead and click to expand this, and you'll notice we have a pull-down menu at the top, right now it says Default. This is kind of a snapshot of the metadata for this file. Now there are different types of metadata we can work with; descriptive or additive. In other words, metadata that's just kind of part of the file, it's the filename or the file size. Additive, well that's metadata that we are going to add like a title or a caption, or copyright information.
And what we can do here with this panel is we can click on the pull-down menu at the top and we can display different types of metadata, basically whatever we want to focus in on. Let's say we go to EXIF and IPTC, we are going to see a lot of information. Here we have a lot of info about the file, ratings, titles, captions, who created the file, headlines, subjects, categories, workflow, so on and so forth, a lot of information. Well what tends to happen is when you get focused on metadata, really it's almost like the rest of Lightroom just for a few moments; it doesn't matter.
And all of the interface that's dedicated to other things here or the space that we're giving to other panels and stuff is a little bit like wasted space. It's kind of like if you've used Adobe Bridge to add metadata, you know there is a workspace which reconfigures things, so you just focus in on the task at hand. Well we can do that in Lightroom as well. We can do that by using a nice shortcut and let's check this out. You press Shift+Tab. That minimizes almost everything, right? Next step, click on the triangle icon on the right to open up the right-hand panels.
Well this is what I would recommend you do when you're working on metadata. Because metadata is about details and kind of focusing in on these little things that we want to do again-and-again. Sometimes, it's helpful to kind of clean up the interface so we can do that. Another thing that you can do is, hover over the dividing line of the right-hand panels and click-and-drag this out to dedicate more space to the Metadata panel. Now let's say that we have an image like this, and what we want to do is add a caption. We could add a caption here in this field or you could go to this pull-down menu and choose Large Caption, this then will take you to another view of this panel.
Now here what I am going to do is type out a caption. There you have it, my caption. Now to exit this Caption field I can just click off of that and you'll see that that will then be part of that image. Now why am I doing this? Well I am doing this to kind of illustrate the way you work with the Metadata panel. In other words, based on whatever task you're trying to accomplish, you choose from this pull-down menu, the view which is going to be most relevant to you. Now, you can always find this information in other places. Let's go back to this EXIF and IPTC view; well here we are going to see there is the caption in this area.
Or let's go back to just the EXIF view, now here you can see we don't have that. In other words, what you want to do is find the pull-down options that are most relevant to the task at hand. Now at first glance all of this metadata information can be a little bit overwhelming or confusing. But what you want to do is just click through these options to kind of become familiar with what's there. Soon you'll discover that, okay, I get what's an IPTC as opposed to IPTC extension, and you can then kind of teach yourself about what you're going to do in each area.
For example back to IPTC, well here is where we are going to go ahead and put the Creator name, we can put the Address in there and I'll just put some demo information, of course for right now, just so you get the idea. So we could have all of that information inside of these fields, we've now added this to this file. Now speaking of this IPTC information, this of course is really good information to have as part of your images. That way whenever you're sending a client, friend or whoever, one of your photographs, it has all of this info, including your phone, your e-mail and your website, and again it's just a really handy way to include some valuable information with your photographs.
Because so often what can happen is, your pictures can end up different places and they can kind of get disconnected from who the creator actually was. Well having metadata on your files ensures that all of that really sticks together. All right, well now that I have given you a little bit of an overview of the Metadata panel, let's take a look at a practical example of how we can add metadata, say to a group of photographs, and in particular I want to focus in on adding copyright information, so let's take a look at how we can do that in the next movie.
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