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Adobe Lightroom is one application which a lot of professional photographers would use both for reviewing large quantities of images, and also for doing some initial post-processing. A lot of photographers these days find they rarely use Photoshop anymore, finding Lightroom very powerful in it's organising and post-process abilities. From it's conception, ...


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Picasa stores faces information in the .picasa.ini files: [test.jpg] faces=rect64(1eb1929f885e),15441a598f9f1866 backuphash=29866 The id numbers can be found in the contacts.xml file which stores all the contacts of your pictures: <contact id="15441a598f9f1866" name="Test Test" display="Test" modified_time="2010-05-13T17:19:46+01:00" ...


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For a free option, have a look at Google's Picasa. It allows you to sort your images via folders and tags, and easily upload them for sharing. It can be found here: http://picasa.google.com/ It also has rudimentary editing options, but I'd recommend Lightroom if you want a decent processing program. Conor's right, it's far from free at ~£250, but you can ...


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I sometimes do a little bit of stock photography, where tagging is extremely important to get your images appearing in sales correctly. I aim to tag all of my stock photos by thinking about the following: People - who is in the shot? Places - where was this taken? Include significant places, streets, towns, cities, countries, regions. Alternatively, use ...


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Adobe's XMP metadata standard supports information defined by the Metadata Working Group (MWG), which includes a definition of how to store face tagged data. See: Adobe XMP: http://www.adobe.com/products/xmp/standards.html MWG: http://www.metadataworkinggroup.com/ where you can click on the specifications, download the PDF, and then look at page 51 ...


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Lightroom is the way to go. Download the trial and give it a try, though I do recommend reading a bit or watching a few videos first to get the most out of your trial. Lightroom will let you do whatever you wish on the file system side, and then offer flexibility beyond it. This is important, because this NAS won't be your last, and in fact, you may have ...


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There is not. IPTC, another image metadata standard, also does not contain a "People" field. There's a Contact field, but that is used for contact information for the photographer. Most people I know will store people as keywords. The main debate is whether or not to include spaces (would a photo of me be tagged as aaronhockley or as "aaron hockley"?). ...


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I wrote mine up here: http://www.chuqui.com/2010/10/some-thoughts-on-lightroom-keywords/ it's gotten really nice feedback and been pointed to by a good number of bloggers, and it works really well for me.


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When bulk tagging, you need to make sure you are in library mode, AND that you are selecting photos from the main grid, not the film strip. I think this is a bug in LR3, however if you select multiple photos from the film strip, and then try to tag them, the tagging does not always take. It usually applies to the first photo selected, but not the rest. There ...


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As somebody who has worked in the book and magazine publishing industry for more than a decade I can say with certainty that it matters less whether you use singular or plural words, and more that you are consistent with their use. That said, I always aim to use the singular version of the tag.


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I used Picasa from Google for quite a while before deciding to move to Lightroom. It's free. Good tagging options Decent editing options (but really only for basic editing)


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In the Linux world Shotwell, though still new, shows a great deal of promise as a photo collection organiser. It is quick, intuitive, powerful yet simple to use. It provides essential post-processing tools and when those are not enough can call Gimp. Shotwell web site


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If you have a Mac, you should consider Apple's Aperture. It's a fully featured workflow program that simplifies importing, tagging, organising, processing and publishing. It's often compared to Lightroom, and is significantly cheaper if you buy it using the Mac App Store - currently $79.99 compared with over $200 for Lightroom. It's also generally ...


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Well, actually most photo editors can't do it. The category of software you are looking for is called digital asset management (DAM) software. There are review of 5 popular options here: http://www.neocamera.com/article.php?id=dam-software If simple and fast is your criteria, then I suggest you look at PicaJet FX. It is available for Windows for $60. You ...


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I don't think there is ... you can take a look at the EXIF specifications at http://www.exif.org or http://www.jeita.or.jp/cgi-bin/standard_e/pdfpage.cgi?jk_n=47 EXIF is a technical standard for images files ... not the content / subject of the image.


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Maynard's answer gives a lot of specific information he uses for tagging and I agree with it, but for me it all boils down to this: Try to think of every possible term someone might use when searching for which you think your image would be an appropriate result.


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I use Photo Mechanic for this purpose. While not free it's quite cheap and it allows you to rank (and then sort) images by a number of means, displays images along with histograms and exif information, and more importantly preloads and caches the images so you can cycle through them much more quickly than for example the windows image viewer. The program is ...


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If you can import the scanned photo into any kind of photo-workflow software, such as Lightroom, then you can add information into the "Author" and "Copyright" fields of the EXIF data. Then, when you export the file, this will be baked in to the JPG. Alternatively you could add a watermark to the photo, though personally I hate these as they detract from ...


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Lightroom is a great app for organisation and workflow and from version 3 you can set up your Flickr, Smugmug/Facebook, whatever sharing accounts, and post directly from within Lightroom once you're happy with your photo :-) EDIT: Lightroom features website -- has a little video on there of publishing photos to external service. Flickr would also give you ...


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I don't know about you but my smartphone just doesn't have the battery life to make this work. I therefore use a standalone GPS device made by Holux. It's Bluetooth-capable and transmits the GPS coordinates to a Foolography Unleashed device attached to my camera. The Holux device runs the whole day on a single charge, and with this setup all my images ...


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digikam - open source, free, and for Linux, Windows, and Mac-OSX.


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The only way I know how to explicitly do this is with Smart Collections. With Smart Collections, you have the ability to choose either AND or OR semantics when configuring your criteria. There is another good thread on this subject here: Good Uses for Lightroom's Smart Collections Outside of smart collections, you can use the "Text" search mode in the ...


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I don't like filling my library and hard disk with thumbnails and library data for tons of images that failed. So I use my own Image View Plus More (free to download) to sift through my RAW images before importing to Lightroom, because Lightroom is just too slow with imports, thumbnail generation etc. Imgview+ works directly on the compactflash card. If I ...


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I think it is most important to consider how you will use tags to actually retrieve and categorize photos. If you need to search for a photo using the word "birds" you will(and should) search for "bird" to find both forms of the word. This is really the end of the debate as far as I am concerned. I can tag with either in cases like this but when I go to ...


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Photo Contents or Containers of Photos You generally have two options when it comes to tags. The first option is to infer that a tag has direct meaning about the subject of a photograph or its traits. The second option is to infer that a tag is a container of photographs that have certain subjects, or subjects with certain traits. With the former, you would ...


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Map-A-Pic is an app that lets you geotag your locations, and create a searchable list of locations, along with multiple pictures, tags, etc. I think it does exactly what you need. It's available on iPhone and Android platforms. Disclaimer: I am the author of the app :)


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Instead of using the facial recognition to tag the blurry photos, turn off facial recognition for those photos then just drag the appropriate name from the tag list onto the picture. That way your picture will still come up when you search on tags but the system won't link it to a face so it won't confuse or overload the facial recognition software. That ...


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I had the same problem. In Aperture, choose the Window -> Show Keywords HUD menu item. Click on the "iPhoto Original" keyword, and press the delete icon. You can do this with all other objectionable keywords. Incidentally, Aperture allows you to have multiple libraries. Look under the File menu.


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this is my first time posting, I was looking for the answer to this very question, but seem to have found a very easy way to do just what you are looking for, at least for the "iPhoto original" tag. in your inspector window, select the folder or section that has the photos with the troubled tag. then in that folder select all the photos for most efficiency ...



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