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Book module: Auto layout, add photo captions automatically from images?

Jan 9, 2012 11:39 PM

Tags: #lightroom #captions #lightroom_bookmodule

Am I misinterpeting the "Add photo captions" checkbox in the Auto layout preset editor? It seems like no caption text is added, just a blank caption box.

 

Wouldn't it be nice to be able to select "automatically add caption from <...> (EXIF metadata, any field)"? So I could automatically add all my images and their respective titles or locations instead of blank boxes.

 
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    Jan 9, 2012 11:43 PM   in reply to moontear

    Surely you mean IPTC, only mechanical info in EXIF normally?

     

    1) Are there captions in the photo already

     

    2) Does the page template have text?

     
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  • Victoria Bampton
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    Jan 10, 2012 12:01 AM   in reply to moontear

    Check Book menu > Book Preferences > Fill Text Boxes with - I can't remember what the default is.

     
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    Jan 10, 2012 12:34 AM   in reply to Victoria Bampton

    Victoria,

     

    Unfortunately, the default is blank. The user needs to choose frrom the available options. I suspect this is a bug.

     
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    Jan 10, 2012 12:42 AM   in reply to Ian Lyons

    Have you bugged it already?

     
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    Jan 10, 2012 8:42 AM   in reply to Ian Lyons

    It will only be blank if you have stale prefs. Toss them and you'll see that the current default is "Title metadata."

     
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    Jan 10, 2012 8:45 AM   in reply to moontear

    You can set the default caption value in the Book Preferences (Book > Book Preferences...).

     

    The default should be set to use the contents of the IPTC title field.

     
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  • Victoria Bampton
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    Jan 10, 2012 10:59 AM   in reply to max.wendt

    Thanks Max!

     
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    Jan 10, 2012 11:18 AM   in reply to Victoria Bampton

    No problem - glad you figured out it was me, despite my goofy username. We're working on sorting this out...

     
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  • Victoria Bampton
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    Jan 10, 2012 11:42 AM   in reply to max.wendt

    Only an engineer calls them 'stale prefs'

     
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    Jan 10, 2012 1:18 PM   in reply to moontear

    Going back to part of the original question - Can one use auto caption to drop in something simple like the filename or EXIF (exposure) data?  That would be very useful.

     

    PS - Hi Vic!

     
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  • Victoria Bampton
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    Jan 11, 2012 5:58 AM   in reply to Joe Hoddinott

    Hey Joe!

     

    No, not at the moment. It's Title or Caption.  It would be useful to know which other data you'd be inclined to include a book - I was thinking Filename, Capture Time, possibly keywords as a starting point for custom text.  Anything else?

     
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    Jan 11, 2012 6:39 AM   in reply to Victoria Bampton

    The most useful ones at the moment for myself would be filename, comments and naturally keywords.  I'm thinking proof-books here and filename would be critical for that.  My 9-5 job uses the comments field to store scanned barcode data which if we could extract and caption onto PDF pages would be of several uses to us.

     

    But I would think any field or better yet, any combination of fields should be able to be pulled from both the EXIF and IPTC data and auto captioned.

     

    Is telling you enough to pass it along to the powers that be or should I use another channel for such a request?  Thanks for your help Vic.

     
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    Jan 11, 2012 7:30 AM   in reply to Joe Hoddinott

    Here's good Joe, thanks.

     
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    Jan 11, 2012 11:14 AM   in reply to moontear

    As a possible workaround, John Beardsworth's Search Replace Transfer plug-in http://photographers-toolbox.com/products/jbeardsworth/findreplace/ would allow you to transfer that data to the Title or Caption field.  I'm not 100% sure about it's beta compatibility, but it's sure to be updated for the final release if it's not working right now.

     
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    May 31, 2012 12:02 PM   in reply to Joe Hoddinott

    In the Lightroom 4.1 release, available now, Filename has been added to the list of fields you can use for Book text.  To get Lightroom 4.1, go to the Help menu in Lightroom and select Check for Updates, then follow the prompts.  Or, you can download Lightroom 4.1 from adobe.com.

     
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