I am an amateur photographer, and am looking to streamline my aperture workflow. Up till now, I have added specific "version name" metadata to all my photos, for example:

"Exhausted after a long walk"

It provides some context that can't be obtained from faces,location or keywords. Problem is it takes so long, especially with aperture as the only way to change version names on a few images simultaneously is to use "batch change"

Do others bother with this sort of thing? do you use the "version name" field, or something else?

Just curious as to how others provide context to their own photos, and any tips on streamlining my workflow.


  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not familiar with Aperture, but it sounds like what you're talking about would typically be put in either the Title or Description (a.k.a. Caption) standard metadata fields. Does Aperture not make that easy? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Aug 16, 2012 at 21:31
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's not as easy as it could be, i.e select multiple images, and change the caption \$\endgroup\$ Aug 16, 2012 at 21:53
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'm not quite understanding — you'd like to change multiple images to the same caption, or, you'd like an efficient way to go through a selected list of images and add an individual caption to each? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Aug 16, 2012 at 23:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry for not being clear. I need a combination of the two, many will require individual captions, other groups of images could share a caption. \$\endgroup\$ Aug 17, 2012 at 10:46

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The reason it takes so long is that it's super complex and specific to each photo. In my experience most of my metadata is broad across many photos (location, event, people, etc.)

Making that subjective description you have after returning from shooting photos something easily repeatable sounds difficult to make simple, but we can try!

If your metadata was common enough across your photos - in so much as you often tag photos with similar descriptions (metadata) - you could use the Keyword Controls (Shift +D) panel to quickly search and tag photos with any existing keywords. The more you do this, the more keywords you'd have to use.

You might even want to spend a few minutes to put in a collection of keywords before you go shooting. Then when you return, you could pop open the Keyword Controls and tag away!

It's a bit hidden, but the "Edit Button Sets" pane allows you to create metadata sets that you can load into the Keyword Controls for specific "sets" of photos. You might have one set of metadata for your landscapes, one for hiking, etc. Maybe you could use this for moods or something similar.

Button Sets

Keyword Controls


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