• Carl Seibert says:

      Ahhhhhhhh…… yes. I must start writing about keywording. Soon.

      Keywording is a tricky thing for me to get my arms around. The “right” approach to keywording is very specific to the needs of whoever owns a collection. For example, the objective for a stock photo (return for as many queries as possible) is likely to be exactly opposite the objective for a privately-owned collection (returns as narrow and relevant as possible). Keywords and captions interact with each other, too. It’s a huge topic.

      I’m working on figuring out how to wrestle this thing to the ground. Hopefully, I’ll be ready to fire a first volley in a couple of weeks. And absolutely, I’ll do how-to videos.


      By the way, if you have a specific question, I can take a stab at it right here in the comments. 🙂

  1. Peter says:

    Thankyou Carl for a one stop shop guide to Photo Mechanic metadata.

    You have answered all the questions I had on the subject and more besides!

    Well done


  2. Erik Freeland says:

    Hi, I am exporting files from Lightroom 5 with all of the metadata. But when I open in Photo Mechanic, the captions are missing – along with other crucial info. Any idea why? They do show up when I open the file in Affinity Photo, so I know they are bing exported.

    I have just captioned hundreds of images.

    Thanks for any guidance you may have.


    • Carl Seibert says:

      That’s scary. I’m not sure my Lightroom experience goes back to LR5. And I have only an hour or so with Affinity. All that said, I’ll get with you offline by email and we’ll see if we can figure this out.

  3. Mark K says:

    Hi Carl,

    I need to present some images as evidence in court and would like to know how to impose date and time om the images at say, the bottom right corner.

    Is this do-able? If so, can you tell us how?



    • Carl Seibert says:

      Sure. In the Save-As dialog, there’s a watermark feature. You can use variables in the watermark text to include metadata from any field you like. So, you could construct something with, maybe, the caption and a label and whatever form of the create date you want. Actually, the watermark feature appears in other dialogs as well. So you can put watermarks on images as you export them or print them or email them, for instance.

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