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Getting Info (Called Metadata) on Your Photos

The third palette down in the palette area is the Metadata palette. It gives you access to information that’s embedded into your photo by your digital camera at the moment you took the shot. (If you’re on a Mac, there’s a Keywords palette nested with the Metadata palette as well, which enables you to search for specific images by assigning keywords.) We’ll start here with a simple look at how to access the embedded background information on your photo by using the Metadata palette.

Background Info on Your Photo

When you shoot a photo with today’s digital cameras, at the moment you take the shot, the camera automatically embeds loads of information about what just took place: things like the make and model of the camera, the time the photo was taken, the exposure setting, the f-stop, shutter speed, etc. Then, once you bring the digital photo into Elements, the application then embeds more information into the photo (stuff like the file name, when it was last edited, which format the file was saved in, its physical dimensions, color mode, etc.). All this embedded info comes under the heading Metadata, and that’s why it appears in the Metadata palette. At the top of the palette, under the heading File Properties, is the info Elements embeds into your file. The next field down is IPTC metadata, which is where you’ll see any extra data added to the file (Adobe Photoshop CS users can embed their own personal data into files). The next field down, Camera Data (Exif), displays the background info embedded by your camera. You may never use this, but it’s nice to know it’s there in case of a pop quiz.


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