How to Manage Large Image Libraries with iPhoto 2
Subject:   Managing and Capturing the Metadata
Date:   2003-06-18 19:58:43
From:   czygmont
Thanks for the article Derrick,

I have an unanswered question, how do you manage and handle all the "metadata", in other words creating it, the film roll titles, the titles for the pictures, the comments. I find this aspect to be the most challenging. I take lots of pictures, but then I find myself wanting to just dump them into iPhoto and continue taking more. As a pro yourself, do you make it a habit to write down notes as you take pictures, or do you just rely on spending some quality time and remembering all the photos you took? I see real value in coming up with clever titles and comments, but I find I don't have as much time as I'd like to force myself to do it.


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  • Derrick Story photo Managing and Capturing the Metadata
    2003-06-18 22:55:59  Derrick Story | O'Reilly AuthorO'Reilly Blogger [View]

    You know Chris, I've found by talking to others that there are as many approaches to adding data as there are photographers.

    For example, when I discussed this with Cory Doctorow, he told me he titles every one of this photos, which I find very impressive. My approach is a little broader. I create lots of custom albums with descriptive titles then let the default image titles stand (e.g. IMG_0018.JPG). I do, however, like to add data in the comments fields for at least a couple photos in each album. I usually do this while the information is still fresh in my mind.

    Another thing I do is take pictures of signs, posters, etc., then label them things like "Mission San Rafael Sign" That way I don't have to enter all the text in the sign, but I can quickly find the picture again with the info in the actual shot.

    Sometimes I wish I entered more data than I do, but like you, I get caught up in the photos themselves. Any data you can manage to enter though, will reward you some day with a quickly retrieved photo.

    If you think of a cool shortcut, be sure to let us know.