Adobe Photoshop Lightroom (Lr) is an all-encompassing hub for importing, organizing, editing, and exporting your photos.
One of its least glamorous areas is metadata. Metadata is like luggage–you plan for a vacation and pack for all eventualities. Like packing for a trip, packing metadata takes time. But not packing properly can limit what you do on vacation.
So what is metadata? It’s all the additional information about a photo that’s stored in your image file. It includes information recorded by your camera, like time and date, GPS coordinates, exposure, and focal length.
Metadata also includes information you take time to add in Lightroom, such as title, file name, copyright, and a few other things. Look in the Library module on the right-hand side of the screen to find the Metadata panel.
Among those few other metadata things are keywords. Keywords are the bathing suit, nice tie, and toothbrush and shaving kit you pack when traveling. The more time you spend thinking and packing beforehand, the more you can do later on your trip.
Technically speaking, keywords are also packed in the metadata luggage. Lightroom just awards them their own suitcases. You can find them in the Keywording and Keyword List panels just above the Metadata panel.
While it’s true that keywords can help you do more with your photos–they help you search your vast photo library or help Lightroom automatically build Smart Collection albums for you–keywords can help you earn money while you relax on vacation.
Sell, Sell, Sell
If you upload your photos to stock, portfolio, or print websites, keywords can help you make sales. They come along like a good piece of luggage when you travel to a website that sells photos. You’ll save time because your keywords have been automatically checked-in at some of these sites. You won’t have to create them anew when you arrive.
Which sites use your Lightroom keywords and which treat them as lost luggage? Here’s a travel update for a few popular sites:
|Adobe Stock||Kept||Adobe Stock keeps your title and caption and all your Lightroom keywords|
|Apple Photos||Kept||Keywords can be passed automatically to some apps & sites (Flickr, for example)|
|EyeEm||Lost||EyeEm creates its own keywords automatically by analyzing the image when you upload it but allows you to add your own|
|FineArtAmerica||Kept||FIneArtAmerica automatically fills its keyword field with your Lightroom keywords|
|Flickr||Kept||Flickr keeps your title and caption and all your Lightroom keywords (it calls them “tags”) and adds a few of its own|
|Foap||Lost||Foap creates its own keywords automatically by analyzing the image when you upload it but allows you to add your own|
|Lost||You must create your own keywords for each uploaded image in the Instagram app||Stockimo||Lost||You must create your own keywords for each uploaded image in the Stockimo app|
What’s your experience uploading to sites and apps? Post a comment with updated info on these or other sites and apps.
For more information on using Adobe Lightroom’s keywords, see Adobe’s article.
And don’t forget to pack your camera when you travel.