Who cares about metadata? We say, you should! Okay, some people get panic stricken whenever they hear techie words like metadata. And really you don’t want to hear metadata in iPhoto. Don’t jump out of the page yet because you’ll gonna love metadata in iPhoto after reading this post.
What does Metadata in iPhoto mean?
Put simply, Metadata refer to the unique information pertaining to a photo stored in your library. It includes the file name, type, location, faces, date/time, rating, keywords and size to name a few.
This is the information that we see on the left side panel of iPhoto when we click on the info button.
Why is Metadata important?
Metadata serves as a powerful tool for identifying photos. Each photo’s uniqueness is made possible with Metadata as it stores all pertinent details including technical aspects of an image such as the camera used for taking the picture, its resolution and camera settings. Having these detailed attributes could prove to be essential especially when users need to search and organize photos in their libraries.
One of the aspects in a photo’s information that a user can manually set is the Rating. The user serves as the reviewer for each photo in his collection whereby he gives a rating from 1 star (being the lowest) to 5 stars (as highest). There is no strict standard to be followed when assigning ratings as it’s really up to the user which photos should merit 5 stars and so on. Ideally, a photo should be rated as soon as it had been imported to iPhoto. This way, it would be easier to dispose of those with low ratings to clear out the library from unnecessary clutters.
Display Photos by Rating
After having those photos rated, users can now sort their collections based on this attribute. We’re sharing two ways in which you can use Rating to quickly access photos.
- By Smart Album
Create a Smart Album and use your preferred Rating as the criteria. You can learn more about Smart Album from our iPhoto tutorial series.
- By “Search”
Notice that search icon on the lower menu of iPhoto window?
Activate the search field by clicking that button and from there you can click on that tiny inverted triangle and select Rating.
The search field will display 5 stars and you can highlight the number of stars corresponding to the Rating of photos you’d want to see.
NOTE: If you are using the stars in the search field, the results will show photos with the rate you’ve set as the minimum. For example, in the illustration below, the search Rating set was 3 stars, notice that the search yielded all photos with 3 stars and above from within the Event.
There’s a secret trick that you can also do when searching for Rated photos. Instead of using the inverted triangle, you can simply hit the * or asterisk on your keyboard.
Type in an exact number of stars as in **** to display only photos with 4 stars rating.
Or if you want to find a range of Ratings, you can do this:
By typing * ** *** it means you want to see all photos with ratings from 1 star up to 3 stars. Don’t forget to separate ratings with a space as shown in the image above.
Tag Photos Using Keywords
Similar to Rating, users of iPhoto are also enjoying the perks of sorting photos using Keywords.
First and foremost enable Keywords by going to View > Keywords (make sure there is a check mark beside it) so that you’ll be able to see and add Keywords in the Info panel.
Keywords are like one-word descriptions that acts as tags to each photo. Pick keywords that are relevant to the images. See example below:
To add Keywords, select one or more photos (as many as you like) which will bear the same keywords. Type your desired keywords on the blank field just below “Keywords” on the right side pane while in the Info mode. Press Enter or Comma after each word. When you see the word enclosed in an oval, that means that such that you have successfully added the Keyword.
How to Manage Keywords
Keywords accumulate at almost the same rate that your photos do. When you have added tons of Keywords sometimes it is difficult to find a suitable one to use on your photos.
To get a list of Keywords that you’ve already used, go to Window > Manage My Keywords
Thereafter, the list is displayed where you can simply click on the Keywords that you’d like to apply on the selected photo without the need to re-type. Highlighted or colored Keywords indicate that they are already used in the photo.
By clicking on the “Edit Keywords” button, you’ll be able to add, delete and change keywords.
Click Ok when you’re done.
How to Find Photos Using Keywords
If at any time you’d want to search for photos using keywords, you can do so by typing on the Search field such keyword/s you have in mind.
It really takes time and effort to get your photos properly tagged and organized, but in the long run you’ll be happy that you did. After everything’s in order, you need not scroll through your whole library each time you need a photo or two as you’re already reaping the fruits of your labor. You’ll definitely agree – iPhoto’s more fun with Metadata!
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