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2.4 Metadata

Adding contextual information and descriptions to your digital files is the best way to stay organized and save information, like catalog numbers, captions on the back of prints, source information, who is in the image, the name of the photographer and so on. All of this contextual information is an important part of the image.

2.4 Metadata

Welcome back to tuts+ Archival Photo Restoration. I'm Marie Gardener, and in this lesson we're gonna look at adding essential meta data to your images. It's important to include meta data when you're managing photos. It means you can easily search for and find them as your archive grows. And it means that you can refresh your memory about details within the images, should you need to later. For example if you find another photograph that was part of the same set. There's what you know about the photo and what you missing but could potentially find. So let's start with missing information. Earlier on, I mentioned about writing on a back of a photograph. Many old prints have information written on them and this is the first place that you should start looking for information if you don't know anything about the image. Next, can you identify a place or a person? If you can see that the image is, say, from Sunderland, which is my hometown then that would give the option of asking a local history group, like the Sunderland Antiquarians or maybe getting in touch with the local newspaper to see if they could give me any more information about the photograph. Social media is a great way to get something out to a wider audience, and maybe find somebody who can help to fill in the blanks. >> It's certainly taught me a lot with Facebook, because I thought history was Victorian, Edwardian and beyond. It's not, history now and what people crave for is what they remember as kids. It could be the 60s, could be the 70s and that's vitally important that we now say to people, can you give us your old photographs? And once we've got them we can them digitize them for future generations. >> Once you have some information about your photograph you can start to add the data. Begin with a title which makes a photograph easily identifiable and try to keep it quite short. Once you start giving your images a title, you should be consistent with the structure and style. So you could, for example, start with the place and then any other information, like sunderland_mulberrypark. Think about adding a catalog number here, too, if you're going to deal with a large amount of images. Next comes a description. So think of a caption that best suits the photograph. Include things like the photographer, if known, the place, and any people in the image. After that, add keywords. The trick here is to use terms to describe the content in the photograph but also to keep it relevant and specific. If the image is a park, full of people and there's a dog almost out of sight in the background, then tag in the image with dog probably isn't the most constructive idea. Think about what the main features are in the image, who's present, where they are, what the circumstances are and any other relevant information. You can also include a copyright notice if youŕe thinking about sharing the image online. >> What we were trying to do is identify the area whether it´s geographical or by person, or by type. So for example, shipyards, mines, and that kind of thing. Also by person, by name, revaway commissioners, or by street name, or an area name, or a church name so we've got some kind of area which we can actually hone in on. >> Most photo editing suites will allow you to admit the data in a way that will be able to be read and handled by different software. In Photoshop, click File, and then File Info to input your data. If you look at the drop down button at the bottom you'll see the option to export. If you this and save the file you'll have a template for future images which is really useful if your adding data to a large set. Adobe Bridge will allow you to add meta data in batch which is another big time saver if you are cataloging a large volume of images. Item meta data makes the file size larger but only marginally. And it's really worth doing for the benefits of having an organized catalog. Image information often gets lost through the transfer of digital image from place to place, so having embedded meta data that's part of the file itself will mean that it's always with the folder unless someone purposefully deletes it. You should now have a good basis for starting a well organized digital archive. So now, you'll need some images to put in it. In the next lesson, we'll look at repairing joints and rips using tools like clone, spot tail, and content aware. Thanks for watching.

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