In Aperture, I want to make my time at the laptop as efficient as possible. To do this, I want to be able to import quickly, with as much information as possible, as well as add as many relevant keywords as possible, in the shortest amount of time. I will be traveling in Africa, and time and electricity will be in short supply where I am going, so anything to speed up my post-processing is welcome.
To do this, I created a standardized metadata view that works for me, along with various metadata pre-sets that I know I will use when importing from the various locations I will be shooting.
The standard metadata view that comes up, which can be easily changed. The cog on the far right in the metadata area lets you manage your views and presets as well as create new ones. When you go to manage views, you will see a list of Aperture Pre-set views, and at the bottom of the box there is a plus and minus button.
You can create a new view by clicking on the + button. I won’t have too many views at this point, so in creating my standard view, I put the number “1″ in front of it so it will be at the top of the list, since it is the view I will use most often.
I have determined the things that I feel are important to include for now, which you will see in the image below.
This will be the standard view that comes up on import while I’m away. I then created a caption preset with some basic information that I know will be needed. As I get more specific caption information and place details I can modify the pre-set to make it more detailed and quick to include all the information I want in the field.
Lastly, names and other unique metadata words and fields can be added to individual images. If you make the time to explore the metadata pre-set options in Aperture, you will save a lot more time in the field.
Near Vilankulos, Mozambique this baby is weighed to monitor his health progress. Photo Copyright Steve Simon.