This post addresses 12 common myths about embedded photo metadata and discusses how you can successfully incorporate good metadata in your digital photographs:
- Embedded photo metadata is something that is hard to read unless you have Photoshop or some other professional software application.
- If I embed my copyright (or caption or keywords, or other metadata field) into my images it will always be there.
- Embedding photo metadata adds a lot of disk space overhead to an image file.
- If I embed photo metadata in the images I place on my website, then search engines will be able to spider them and use the caption and other information to rate/rank my images.
- Images that I upload to my social media or photo sharing sites will still retain my embedded photo metadata.
- Removing embedded photo metadata is against the law.
- All embedded metadata is the same.
- Picasa (or iPhoto) writes all my captions into my embedded metadata as soon as I enter them.
- Adding copyright and contact information to images on the Internet makes websites load slowly.
- Adding photo metadata, like copyright and contact information, is difficult to do and time consuming.
- Metadata is always stored inside the image file (OR Metadata is always stored outside the image file).
- The topic of metadata is beyond the competence of the everyday user.
I am always amazed by how many people do not embed good metadata in their photo collections, making retrieval of any single image, or series of images, very difficult. The article provides useful information about software that can be used to help you manage digital collections of photographs