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Chapter 7. Converting Files > Importing digital camera images (Mac OS X only)

Importing digital camera images (Mac OS X only)

As mentioned in Chapter 1, FileMaker 6 lets Mac OS X users import digital camera images directly into a database. While iPhoto also can automatically import photos, FileMaker does a lot more by also importing every frame’s exposure information. That information includes such things as when the image was shot, the aperture and shutter settings, and whether a flash was used.

Even fairly inexpensive digital cameras record this “meta-data” in the EXIF (Exchangeable Image File) format, but few programs take advantage of it. Casual photographers may not care about such information, but anyone working with large numbers of digital images will find EXIF data invaluable. Such data not only helps you find specific images, it can help you spot which camera settings work best. The database used in the example below is based on FileMaker’s photo catalog template, found in the Home category (Figure 7.19), which already includes many of the fields needed for EXIF data. Use it yourself as a starting point, or create your own customized digital image database.


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