Hi Forum, I have a similar question to Hal's, maybe you can answer? (Am new to Lightroom. ) My Q concerns metadata and saving it upon export. (MAC user) I don't mind minimizing the metadata for exported files, as *copyright is the main item needed for my uses. But even when I export with metadata *not minimized, I cannot find my copyright listed anywhere when I click "get info" on my exported image itself. Can you explain why I *do see my copyright listed in the LR metadata panel for an image before export, but later cannot see it embedded in the exported file? Thanks so much, Barbara B
Well, that would be because the OS X Finder Get Info command doesn't show all embedded EXIF and IPTC metadata...it's there if you properly set the export settings and would show up in an app that read all of the embedded metadata.
Thanks, Jeff (and Web also) for answering.
Jeff: I see. So, you're saying; as long as I can see the complete metadata for a given file listed inside LR in the metadata panel (at right)
then I can feel confident that exported files contain complete metadata with nothing missing?
What kind of app or program is going to read all the metadata on an exported file?
Thanks again, Barbara
Various apps and 3rd party tools. Photoshop "Get Info" will read the metadata as will Bridge. EXIFTool will as well. I actually think Windows 7 is slightly better at reading embedded metadata in Explorer than Mac is...the Finder only seems to see the easy stuff.
Barbara, one built-in way to view image metadata on a Mac is to open the image in Apple Preview.
Once the image is open in Preview, choose Tools > Show Inspector (Command+I, kinda like the Mac Finder), which opens a floating info panel. You will find copyright info under the second tab (More Info) and then in there, under the IPTC tab. It remembers the last info tab you viewed, so the next time you open an image in Preview you'll be able to see the same info right away.
If you want to check a bunch of images at once, open them all in Preview at the same time. Preview will open them all in a single window so you can just Page Down or press down arrow through them, while looking at the info panel.