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What is Metadata and why should I use it?

If you are reading this article I can guarantee that you are going Meta..what? Why is this important and how is this even relevant?? That is a very real and honest thought process and this is why you should stick around:

Metadata is ESSENTIAL information about your photos when they are in lightroom.

Now essential is a subjective term but knowing information like copyright information and the settings your camera was in when you captured that amazing photo are things that do apply to almost every photographer. When lightroom refers to metadata it is referring to information such as:

The file name
Copyright information of your image
The title
A caption you put on the image
Who created the image
A rating for example the star rating you can use in lightroom
The capture time
The capture date
Photo dimensions
The exposure settings
And the list goes on……..

Now that you are interested in what Metadata is and how important it is, let’s find out where we can see this new information in lightroom. You can find this information for each image when you are in the Library module on the right hand side of your screen just below the tab named “Keyword list”. The drop down below the keyword list tab will be called Metadata and will provide you with the option to see any of the information listed above permitting the information is applied to the photo. What I mean is you will always see a capture date and time because that is captured in the image when you took the image but information like the rating system will only be there if you have rated your images in the library module.

If you have any questions on how to change the metadata or what information is most important, please write a comment in the section below. Until next time thanks and I hope you learned something new.
Matthew

About Matthew

Matthew is the driving force behind the content here at FLT and visionary for all of our products. He is a full-time professional photographer and educator at (Eagleye Photography Inc.) and has a driving passion for quality education and helping the lightroom community. That is why you see so much content for FREE. Paying It Forward. :)

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