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Photoshop CS4 for Photographers is an essential course for any digital photographer who wants to master the software's vast array of image enhancement techniques. Professional photographer and instructor Chris Orwig uses his own compelling images to demonstrate how the power of Photoshop can make photographers more passionate about their work. He covers many aspects of the application, such as working with RAW images, using curves and levels, making images snap, and enhancing bland photographs by converting them to black and white. Exercise files accompany this course.
In this chapter, we are going to talk about working with metadata. We'll be working on some files you can find in the 09_bridge_metadata folder, subfolder reflections_of_sadness. Now, I had gone on a trip to the UK and right before I went on that trip, I learned about something that happened with a friend of mine and it was something really horrible relationally that happened, so I was really sad. One of the things that I like about photography is it gives you the ability to visually express how you feel. And so here we have some images that I captured and I'll just show you these real quickly. I'll go to Full Screen View mode by pressing the Spacebar key. All these photographs are photos of a reflection. So I was photographing the reflection of this couple looking out the window, and their expressions and their interactions were just so sad and I wanted to capture that because that was exactly how I was feeling and I thought it was just kind of interesting and again, that's one of the things that I like about photography is tapping into that artistic side.
All right, so I have these images and what I want to do is begin to work with our metadata. Now, in order to work with our metadata, you'll notice that we have a Metadata workspace as well as a Keywording workspace. Let's go ahead and check those out briefly. So I'll go ahead and click on the Metadata workspace. Now, when I do that, one of the things I notice is I have this Metadata panels open. Here is a little metadata placard showing this was shot at f/1.2, ISO of 100, 1/400 of a second, and kind of interesting. So I can see some of that information. Then, in the Contact window, I have a whole heck of a lot of information. Actually, so much we need to scroll to the right to actually see. So when I scroll back, I'll notice that I have the file Size right here. I can sort my images by these titles up top by clicking on them.
Now, you notice that the largest file is up top and then if I click that again, the smallest file is up top. I can change the way that I sort these files by any number of these different columns. Now, if I don't want to use one of these columns like I don't want this column that tells me it's a JPEG, right-click and then choose Type, now that column has gone. And again, and then you can swop out titles as well by choosing right-click and then selecting Type and now I swopped out a column. Well, let's say that I want to bring a column back. All you need to do there is right-click or Ctrl-click and then choose Insert Column. I'll choose Insert Column and in this case, I'll bring back that Rating column and so now I have that one back to normal.
All right, well in this initial movie, as we are becoming familiar with working with metadata, let's wander on over to the other workspace which is the Keywording workspace. Now, when I go to the Keywording workspace again, in the Content window, I have a ton of information. This time it's a little bit more condensed, right. It's a little bit less like Excel Spreadsheet, and it's grouped a little bit more closely to the image, so I can see it all at once. Down here on the left-hand side, I have my Keywords where I can add some Keywording, and then I also have the Filter option, because what we're going to look out throughout this chapter is how we can then add some metadata and then take advantage of it later.
Before we wrap this movie, there is one more thing that I want to talk about in the Content panel. If this View doesn't really make a lot of sense to you, let's say you're just adding keywords; you don't want to view all this other information like the Color Profile etcetera. All you do is navigate to the View pulldown menu, and there you can change how those thumbnails and the thumbnail information is displayed. In this case, I'm just going to go to Thumbnails, and now I'm just viewing the Thumbnails. Now, let's say I want to get rid of the title. You remember that shortcut, right? Command+T on a Mac/Ctrl+T on a PC. And then I can really begin to focus on my keywords and I'm not distracted by all of that other text.
Well, my intent with this movie is to just to get you to think about metadata and to show you a couple of the different workspaces. Now, in the next few movies, we are going to actually look at how we can begin to work with metadata. So I'll catch up with you in the next few movies.
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