Why you need to add metadata to your pictures

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What is metadata and other factors that you need to know

An important part of image files are the metadata. Its information about the image, rather than the image data itself. To label on the back of a photographic print, which is where you would put essential information. The same needs to to be embedded in the image. What do you put into the metadata?  


What data goes into an image file: 

Include the following list:  

  • Your name and copyright notice.

  • Contact details, including email and website (if available).

  • Caption information the title of the image, the location, date, and time it was taken of the image.

  • Keywords describing the content and locations, context or news story, relation to culture or customs, and associated concepts. An example would be effort, skill, and beauty.

  • Other details the model of the release, restrictions on use, not to be resold or alter in anyway, and not for advertising,, or example.

Using programs or software like to use digital asset management such as Apple Aperture, Adobe Lightroom, FotoWare,. FotoStation, and more.
These software programs enter data that compliant with IPTC (International press Telecommunications Council) for more specifications.  
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Another type of data is provided by the EXIF data. These provide information about the camera and lens used, settings such as, ISO, aperture, and so on. Also the data provides serial numbers of the camera and information about date and date of photography.


Adding this information is tedious and takes a long time to do. You can find software to help add these. I used polarr . Furthermore, you have a list of things to do to get ready in preparing images to represent your pictures. I find it’s hard to do it and keep up with my blog posts and my creative journal. 

Picture quality  

The basic requirements for quality are well known to all visually literate people. To meet the basic standards, the picture must be sharp, details are clearly defined, and no fuzziness in the important parts. The exposure should accurate not too neither too light. Color should be true to life, and neutral colors, such as greys and whites should be neutral. Finally, contrast should be accurate, not bright nor too dark areas being too different or too similar.

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Michelle Reese