Metadata – literally data about data. Today’s blog will go over adding metadata to your digital photograph files, yet another way to organize your files, and again another way to save you time in the long run. Let’s get started! Remember when we worked on keyword tagging in a previous blog? The reason I bring it up, is because the metadata tab is located right next to the keywords tab (on the right side of the workspace).
The first section of the metadata area provides you with the data from the camera: aperture, ISO, given filename, camera type, file size, and so on. This information is not editable, as it just shows you what was going on when you took your photograph.
Below that, you have your IPTC Core. IPTC stands for International Press Telecommunications Council, and that is the group that set the standards for metadata usage in professional photography (stock photos, news photographs, etc.). These fields are editable, and you can pick and choose which fields you would like to use (or not use).
Click on the little pencil icon and enter your data into the field. In the screen capture below I have added my name as the creator of this currently selected photograph. Moving to the next field, or hitting Enter or Return saves the information you typed in.
Scrolling down, you will find the EXIF (camera data) portion of the metadata. This section gives you every bit of information about your camera and the photograph when you snapped the shutter button and took your photograph. It may help you later if, for example, you wanted to search your photographs for those taken with a 28 mm lens (or focal length).
Another section available to you, and one that I think is important to the nursing program here at Victoria College is the DICOM section. Now, DICOM stands for Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine, and it allows you to enter information regarding just about anything medical-related. Very handy, I think.
I didn’t write about the other sections in the metadata area, but I think I hit upon the most important ones that you will want to know about. Yet another handy tool to get your photographs organized.
Well, that wraps up the (series of) quick introductions to Adobe Bridge and how it can make your life a little easier. If you have any questions or concerns, write or call me, and I can (hopefully) answer your questions.
See you next time!
Instructional Media Design Specialist
Center for Academic & Professional Excellence