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Need some help with Lightroom


lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 6:52PM

Quote: Is IPTC basically adding metadata to images rather than keywords?

It's a predefined set of metadata available in the metadata panel:

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Quote:Then searching the metadata in smart collections?

Yup, or just searching. A smart collection is really just a saved search.

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lemmy e2
7 2.1k United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 7:31PM

Quote:Is IPTC basically adding metadata to images rather than keywords? Then searching the metadata in smart collections


Yes, it's a sort of combination of the two. It is metadata in that it is stored within the image file itself but it is added by the user rather than the camera. In the early days of digital transmission, the news media photographers (of which I was one) would add a caption in a box on the picture itself. You'd add 10%, white background to the canvas size in Photoshop (1!) and put your caption in there.

IPTC was added so that there was a standard between news media organisations. So a picture taken sent in to, say AP's New York bureau by one of their guys in the field in Rwanda could be sent immediately distributed around the world to AP subscribers with the provenance and details embedded.

Not wanting to teach anyone to suck eggs, but the biggest single thing to understand about Lightroom when you start out is that it is a database. Folder structures on your HD mean nothing to it. File names mean nothing to it unless you choose to make them do so. All is keywords, labelling etc.

I put all my stuff in one folder and do all organisation in Lightroom. Let the software do the work.
lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 7:37PM

Quote:I put all my stuff in one folder and do all organisation in Lightroom. Let the software do the work.

I let the software do the work, but I let it put stuff in to dated folders.
This makes it much simpler when it comes to making sure backups have worked, makes things easier if you need to split stuff across drives and gives a really quick way to find all the shots taken in the same day/days.
JJGEE
9 6.4k 18 England
19 Nov 2012 8:00PM
I prefer multiple folders by year / date / location.

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lobsterboy e2
11 14.3k 13 United Kingdom
19 Nov 2012 8:15PM
Yeah that's kind of similar to me Jeff. Though I go Year>Month>Day and the location goes in the filename.
The reason I included month is that once a month I go through my archiving process on the previous months stuff:
cull the rubbish
add keywords
add star ratings
add titles & captions to all the 5* images
write the metadata back to the files
move the whole month to my archive drive
upload the 5*s to my website.

I find that having a monthly process means that I don't keep looking at old shots wondering if I could do something with them - once they are in the archive folder they hardly ever get touched again.
The archive folder has a different backup regiem to the working folder as it changes much less often.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
19 Nov 2012 8:25PM

Quote:I put all my stuff in one folder and do all organisation in Lightroom. Let the software do the work.
I let the software do the work, but I let it put stuff in to dated folders.
This makes it much simpler when it comes to making sure backups have worked, makes things easier if you need to split stuff across drives and gives a really quick way to find all the shots taken in the same day/days.



Ditto

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