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Adding Metadata to Your Images

Lesson 9 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom

Jared Platt

Adding Metadata to Your Images

Lesson 9 from: Editing and Organizing your Photography in Lightroom

Jared Platt

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9. Adding Metadata to Your Images

<b>In order to find your images anytime you need them, it is important to add a little bit of Metadata to them.&#160; In this lesson you will learn how to add metadata and what kind of metadata to add to your images so that you can find them quickly.&#160;&#160;</b>

Lesson Info

Adding Metadata to Your Images

1 Once we've imported our images, 2 the first thing that we want to do 3 is add some metadata to those images 4 so that we can find them a little easier. 5 Now remember, we can search for things visually 6 inside of Lightroom, and we can also search for things 7 like ISO and the camera we used 8 and the location if we have GPS on it. 9 So things like that we can find. 10 Even faces, we can find those things, 11 but there are certain things that we can't find 12 because they're more, they're metaphorical, 13 and so those are things that we put into keywords 14 or descriptions or titles. 15 So that's all called metadata. 16 So we're going to add metadata to these files 17 and we're gonna just do it to the entire set of files. 18 We don't have to be super specific about things 19 because the visual search will help us find 20 a lot of things like a coat or a hat, or a girl, 21 or a dog, or a monkey, or a sun, 22 or the moon, things like that. 23 It'll find those things. 24 So what we're...

gonna do is we're gonna hit Command + A 25 to highlight all of the images 26 that we brought in on this particular photo shoot. 27 And then we're gonna come down to the keyword area. 28 So that's this second to the last button. 29 And we're going to then add all of this information. 30 Now, notice and I come up here. 31 My face has already been found. 32 So my face, Jared Platt, it already knows that I'm there. 33 So now we want to add keywords, 34 and in this case we're gonna add the keyword portrait. 35 So, and it's already found portrait. 36 And then I'm going to add studio, 37 and I'm gonna add the word 38 lighting example. 39 So it already knows things that I'm trying to add. 40 I'm going to add chandelier, 41 oh, that wants to say Chandler, chandelier. 42 And I don't think I spelled that right. 43 So there we go. 44 Good. 45 And I'm going to 46 add the word male, 47 and I'm gonna add the word 48 pro photo lighting, 49 and I'm gonna word educational. 50 So those are the types of things 51 that the visual search would have no way of knowing 52 that that kind of information was in these photos. 53 But now I can search for things based on, 54 oh, where was that portrait that I took of myself 55 that was a pro photo lighting example? 56 Now I can find it. 57 Okay, so that's why we add keywords. 58 And as a result of doing that with all of them selected, 59 then every single one of these images 60 has all of those keywords on it. 61 So again, I'm gonna highlight all of them, 62 and then I'm gonna come down to the info button. 63 And I'm gonna do the same thing here 64 and add information for the title and the caption. 65 So I'm just gonna say portrait of Jared Platt 66 in the studio. 67 Oh, I wanna do self portrait. 68 Self portrait of Jared Platt in the studio. 69 And then I'm gonna say 70 this portrait was taken 71 with the Profoto B10 Plus 72 B10 and a set of 73 Profoto A2 lights. 74 Okay, so now I have a title 75 and a caption that is on all of them. 76 And I can add a city. 77 So I can say, this is taken in Gilbert, 78 in Arizona, USA, 79 and then if I had the GPS, I could enter that GPS in there. 80 But now if I just click on one of these images here, 81 you can see that all of that information is there. 82 And there's a little map here that just kind of puts me 83 generally in Gilbert, it just finds the center of Gilbert 84 and kind of plops that down. 85 But if I had a GPS, it would put it 86 right where the GPS marked it. 87 Okay, so that is the way we add metadata to our files. 88 That metadata is gonna help us to be able to find 89 those images when we want them in the future. 90 So by adding the title and description, 91 copyright information, 92 and even keywords, that not only helps us find it, 93 but when we post it on the websites, 94 that information also becomes available to the HTML. 95 Depending on what kind of web service you're using 96 that can help you get your images found, 97 because that data that is in the JPEG 98 is then available to the HTML 99 as it's being posted, which then becomes available to Google 100 as it's searching your images. 101 So it's all around a great idea to add some basic metadata 102 to every photo that you put into Lightroom. 103 And so I do it right when I put 104 the information into Lightroom, 105 so that instantly I have all that information.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials

Adaptive_JP_LR_Presets.zip
Jared_Platt_-_Editing_and_Organizing_Photography_in_Lightroom_Photo_Examples.zip

Ratings and Reviews

Tim Byrne
 

Great job, Jared! You have delivered a master class for anyone beginning a journey into Lightroom, presented in absolutely clear and relaxed style. And for those with more experience with the program, every old dog can learn a few more new tricks. Teaching software is tough. Jared does it by breaking down each function and including not only the what, but the how and why as well. And each step is amplified by crystal clear photos which are manipulated with the function at hand. Bring a pad of paper, some snacks, and a cup (or two) of coffee. He is relentless in his presentation. You might watch this course as a freebie, but buy it to be able to refer to it for specific steps and processes. I've been using Adobe products since the mid 1990s and this is the best instructional presentation I've taken. ABSOLUTE WINNER1 Thanks, Jared

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