[APG Public List] Labelling photos

Debbie Parker Wayne debbie at debbiewayne.com
Mon Feb 28 07:06:55 MST 2011

Jonathan Baker wrote on 2/27/2011 2:30 PM:
> I have a simpler solution. These days I scan everything and put the 
> information required in the metadata. And no harm is done to the 
> photo. If you are using archival paper sleeves to store the photos in, 
> put that same information on the outside of the sleeve.

I've always felt it was much safer to add white space (increase the 
canvas size) and add the citation so it is seen when the image is 
viewed. Someone else mentioned this earlier.

There are still too many people who don't understand metadata. There is 
also confusion over the multiple places where metadata fields can be 
located--as part of the image, as part of the operating system 
folder/directory, as fields associated with a particular image 
organization program used, and probably places I am not aware of.

Increasing canvas size and adding the citation to the image itself means 
the creator (you) may have to learn a new process, but it requires no 
knowledge whatsoever on the part of the viewer. Adding the citation to a 
PDF containing the image may not prevent someone from extracting the 
image without the citation. There is no magic bullet, but I feel a 
citation as part of the image is safest as it can't be lost except by 
intentional cropping of the image.

Regards, Debbie

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