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Tutorial: Edit Metadata Information in Aperture 3

Add detailed information to your photos by learning what the Metadata panel offers photographers

When you take a photo with your camera, the image is written to the memory card for later editing on a computer.
Alongside the image data, a whole bunch of other information is stored in the file. This metadata gives you essential information, like the date, time and camera settings relevant to each image. Metadata can be viewed in many image-editing programs, and Aperture is no exception, with the Metadata panel sitting prominently between the Library and Adjustments panes.
As well as this camera-generated data, it is possible to edit metadata to include things like a caption, the copyright information and so on, which is saved with the image for sorting in the future.

1: Flags and ratings
The Metadata panel shows all the camera information. In this top window, you can also directly add a tag colour, flag the image and add ratings.

2: Presets

The drop-down menu here shows you all the different presets for editing and adding metadata. Some give more information, others less.


EXIF data is information that the camera stores. This is shooting details, like aperture, shutter speed and so on, as well as the names of the camera and lens used.

IPTC data is added to an image after capture, such as your name, copyright info and comments. In Aperture, there are AutoFill options, which speeds up data entry.

5: Edit view
From the Presets drop-down menu, you can choose the Edit option to decide which pieces of metadata you want to view in each Preset.

6: Keywords

It’s easy to add a common keyword by going to Metadata>Add Keyword and picking from the list provided. There are also options to add new keywords.

7: Location, location

If map data is already tagged with your image, then this will show in the map view at the bottom of the Metadata panel. You can also add location data here.

8: Custom fields
While there are lots of metadata fields already included, you can also add your own custom fields, which is useful if you want to add further comments.

9: Batch Change
The Batch Change options enable you to apply global changes to whole projects. You can also Lift metadata and Stamp it onto other images.