Strangely, Organizer 9 only goes up to ISO 1600 when searching for photos By Details (metadata). Digital cameras these days routinely go to ISO 6400 and many go to ISO 12,800. Some even go to ISO 204,800 and the maximum will probably keep rising. Adobe should treat ISO like it does Focal Length and allow the ISO to be typed in rather than have a very limited ISO pulldown menu with the only choices being 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, and 1600. Most cameras allow selecting the ISO at 1/3 stop intervals. Today I wanted to find the ISO 6400 photos in my catalog that contains about 50k photos. The only choice was to find photos with an ISO greater than 1600 so it returned over 600 when there are only a handful of ISO 6400 photos. I then had to go through each of those 600 to find the ISO 6400 ones. Adobe, please allow the ISO to by typed in the same as Focal Length. Thank you.
Organizer also doesn't even allow me to sort based on ISO so I can't have the highest ISO photos at the top. I have to tediously go through all 600 to find the ones I want. Adobe, please allow sorting on various factors. Thank you.
The same limits apply in PSE 10.
Adobe only occasionally pop their heads in here. If you want to make it more visible to Adobe then you need to go to
You will have to sign in and fight your way around there but things might be seen there.
Since using By Details (metadata) doesn't allow searches for iso that is higher than 1600 I have continued to look for a way to do it. In the Organizer manual it says you can use the search field to search for many things by typing them in:
Among the many things it says you can search for this way are Camera information and Metadata. There is a table that gives a few specific examples of things you can search for, but none of the Camera information and Metadata stuff is shown in the table. I tried search for iso > 1600, but it returned nothing. I also tried iso speed > 1600 and it returned nothing. I also tried iso = 200 (there are many photos at ISO 200) and it returned nothing. Apparently iso and iso speed are not terms that Organizer recognizes, yet the manual says you can search for Camera information and Metadata so without examples in the manual I am hoping someone here knows what all the terms are that I need to know. Thank you.
The short answer is that it can't be done.
For those who are familiar with databases, here's the long answer:
Apparently the Organizer's Search bar only sends a SQL query to the metadata_string_table table.
I looked at the database tables, and the metadata_string_table table only contains metadata values whose content is a string. There is another table -- the metadata_integer_table -- that only contains metadata values whose content is an integer. IOW, the metadata_string_table table only contains metadata whose description_id refers to an id value in the metadata_description_table table whose data_type is a "string_type". Similarly, the metadata_integer_table table only contains metadata whose description_id refers to an id value in the metadata_description_table table whose data_type is an "integer_type". Among other metadata items, the ISO Speed is defined in the metadata_description_table table as an "integer_type".
Thus, you can type a search term in Organizer's Search box to look for "make:" or "model:" or "author:" because those data types are strings, but not a search for "ISOSpeedRatings" because that data type is an integer. When you use Find...By Details (Metadata) to look for items with an ISO Speed of > 1600, the code is using a SQL query that does a join including the metadata_integer_table to return the results. Unfortunately, there's no way within Organizer to manually built that kind of custom SQL query.
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