Using the Right Lightroom Metadata Matters a Lot: Here’s Why

This happened around 2 years ago, while I was working on one wedding photography catalogue. I happened to know something called lightroom metadata which is provided by the Lightroom application itself. It is one form of ownership detail where you can add the image info like author’s name, resolution, and the appropriate keywords.   

I know, this adding information to each photograph sounds boring, however in the long run it would be beneficial to you.  

Should I consider adding the metadata or not?  

Using the metadata, you can have better track and authority of the image. If you need to search for any image file, you can put the saved detail and retrieve the image instantly. 

lightroom metadata first screen

What is Lightroom Metadata and why it’s important?  

Lightroom Metadata gets you the right recognition of the work. So, next time if you want to keep your work safe you can add details like Name and Email ID to the image before uploading to your website.  

Adding the image details again and again can take out the fun out of the photography editing. This is where the concept of metadata preset comes into picture.  

The metadata preset will create a file inside the Lightroom that you can apply for any number of multiple images.  

So, where does this ‘data’ go? 

The image details added in the metadata preset will be visible to the owner only. There won’t be any difference on how the image looks. These days photo editing apps have their own inbuilt metadata section under the Library department. It lists out the previously used metadata and offers you the option to create a new one.  

The best way is following the Classic Import method – create a Metadata Preset and applying it to the intended group of images.  

Creating and Using a Metadata Preset 

One of the quickest ways to create presets is making the best out of the Import option.   

1. If you have connected the memory card with the computer, you should first import the photographsThis is the recommended way for applying the preset for the images. 

2. A small panel named Apply During Import would be visibleIt will list out information like Developer settings, Metadata and Keywords. 

3. In the Keywords section, add in the best preferred keywords that rank high for the images. For example, you can add the location name or the name of the monument/flowers, etc. At this point, most of the users close the window and proceed with the editing. We won’t do that

4. Click on the Metadata drop-down button. This will show the list of already used presets, and even provide you the option to create a New Metadata. 

5. Yes, we have to create a Metadata Preset. Click on the ‘New...’ button. 

edit metadata preset

6. The New Edit Metadata Preset window allows you to add information like basic, creator details, camera info, IPTC content, IPTC copyright, IPTC creator, keywords, and many more.  

7. Add in the required details and click the Create button. This way your new Metadata Preset is created. You can try clicking the Metadata drop-down option and see the newly created Metadata listed there.  

8. You are almost there! Once you have imported the images on Lightroom, click on the Metadata option from the right-hand side column. You will be displayed a list of presets. 

apply during import panel

9. Select the suitable preset and click on the Import button. This will automatically apply the preset information for all the images selected by you initially. You are done! We have successfully created and used the preset.  

10. You can later edit the metadata preset and saved them for all default images or create a new preset title.  

11. This new Edit Metadata Preset hosts a list of information that you can fill that includes the IPTC Copyright, IPTC Creator, IPTC Image etc. You can also add a few default keywords and set them common for all the images.  

metadata preset list

12. Name the Preset title, and then click on the Create button.  

13. Go back to the Apply During Import and select the preset you created from the metadata drop-down menu.  

You can either choose the option of creating a new metadata preset or work on any pre-defined preset and apply it for the selected images.