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Getting Info On Your Photos (Called Metadata)

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 the digital camera at the moment you take the shot. Nested with the Metadata palette is the Keywords palette, which enables you to search for specific images by assigning keywords (that may sound complicated, but it’s actually pretty simple). We’ll start here with a simple look at how to access the embedded background information on your photo by using the Metadata palette. The next chapter has more in-depth info on using and editing metadata.

Background info on your photo: When you take 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 Photoshop, Photoshop embeds more information into the photo (stuff like the file name, when it was last edited, which file 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 (shown here). At the top of the palette is the info Photoshop embeds into your file, under the heading File Properties. The next field down is IPTC metadata, which is where you can embed your own customized info (stuff like copyright info, credits, etc.) into the photo (this is covered in detail in the next chapter). The next field down displays the Camera EXIF Data (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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