Andrew Macpherson

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GPX Master+ GEO Tagging made easier

by on Feb.04, 2012, under Equipment, Tags and Copyright, Travel, Workflow

I very much like to GeoTag my photos, particularly Landscape and Street photography.  I’ve been a great fan of both GeoTagger and GPS Photolinker on the Mac.  The first links to a Google Earth plugin to find where you have placed location crosshairs, the second works with GPX track logs to work out where you were when you took a photo.  In both cases one has to get Lightroom to re-read the metadata for it to notice the location.

Lightroom 4 Beta has all this functionality built in to the Maps module, which is a big win, but ideally one should still carry a GPS device, such as a Garmin eTrex and download the tracks to synchronise with the photo timestamps.  Of course there is also the track data held inside one’s iPhone, but Apple have gone out of their way to make that difficult to access.

Enter GPX Master+ which uses your Dropbox account to synchronise track files to your computer from your iOS device, ready for import into Lightroom 4 (or GPSPhotoLinker) and just makes life that little bit easier.  Usual caveats about Battery drain apply — you have about 1 hour, but if like me you have a car charger this is unlikely to be an issue.  For all-day use the Garmin E-Trex is still the way to go.

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Miss Manners, may I retweet?

by on Sep.17, 2011, under Off the wall, Presentation, Tags and Copyright

Retweeting is of course a great compliment to those whose messages you forward, as it shows you have read their contribution, and think it worth sharing with your friends.

So yes Emily, you may retweet if you think your friends would be interested in what you have just read or seen, but there are things to remember:

If you simply retweet the message unchanged it will go to those of your friends who have not already seen it directly.  These friends will be able to see that they have received it because you forwarded it, yet the original attribution will remain unchanged.  This is a very good way to pass on the original snippet.

Should you wish to comment to your friends and there is enough space in the combined message, then you can prefix the original Tweet with your comment, the abbreviation ‘RT,’ and the original poster’s @tag.  Do remember that the originator will also see your comment so be nice.

It would be really bad form to simply prefix the tweet with RT and the original @tag, as this means that all of your friends will receive the tweet again, even if they have already seen it, and you will be associated intrusively with it, but without having added any value. This would reflect a lack of understanding and consideration on your part, and should therefore be avoided.

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That © symbol again

by on Nov.30, 2009, under Tags and Copyright, Workflow

I just had a query from an obviously photoshop-savvy reader about how to use the file I provided, so in case there’s anyone else out there who does not like to ask….

The file just needs to be dropped into the same folder as any other meta-tag profiles you create to set author / address / copyright notice by saving a completed profile — then when you want photoshop to show that © copyright symbol the file will appear as an option in the Bridge append metadata and replace metadata menus — see the screenshot below  You can select a set of files in Bridge and mark them all as copyright rather than opening the properties of each individually.

Screen shotPossibly worth pointing out how to save a profile — if you highlight a single photo then go to the bottom of the File menu in bridge there is a File Info option.

Select that and a form will pop up to allow you to set various aspects of the metadata.

You’ll probably want to set Author and the copyright notice and url on the general page, most of the IPTC data and possibly some of the origin data (credit / source) if you work through an agency, or need to credit your company. If you apply that to your photo you can then go to the Tools menu and, with the photo still highlighted select Create Metadata Template that will read in the values that bridge will allow you to save, and you can check the ones you really want to save for applying to other pictures.

When you save your new profile, remember what name you give to the file, and you can then search for that name to find the correct folder to put the copyright setting file you’ve downloaded from my blog (right-click here and SAVE AS), and once it’s in place it’ll just appear in your menu

Hope that helps!

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Setting that copyright © symbol for Photoshop

by on Apr.12, 2009, under Tags and Copyright

One of the first strange things one finds with Adobe’s EXIF metadata templates is that putting in a copyright notice does not set the © symbol when the modified image is opened.   Now I’m assuming that either one wants to use the advanced mode in Bridge to set Author data, Source, Copyright notice etc for every image when one loads one’s pictures, or apply a metadata template to a set of already loaded images.

Picture of a copyright image opened in photoshop

Picture of a copyright image opened in photoshop

The only way Adobe gives one to set Copyright Status is through the drop down menu on the File Info window on a file-by-file basis.  Saving the metadata template does not include the XML to apply it to the next file. 🙁

So one can do some searching, and find the changes to make to the xmp files in “Library/Application Support/Adobe/XMP/Metadata Templates/” (MacOS) and that’s fine for those who grok XML, the changes between the XML for CS2 and CS4, and are happy using emacs (there should not be a final new line in the file, but vim will add one).  Having done all that I thought I would simplify it for everyone else with a small xmp file that you can drop into your ‘Metadata Templates‘ directory which will only set your Copyright Status.

Do have a look at it first to assure yourself that it is what I say [that’s only good practice with things you download from the internet!].  It should read:

<?xpacket begin="" id="W5M0MpCehiHzreSzNTczkc9d"?>
<x:xmpmeta xmlns:x="adobe:ns:meta/" x:xmptk="Adobe XMP Core 4.2.2-c063 53.352624, 2008/07/30-18:05:41 ">
<rdf:RDF xmlns:rdf="">
<rdf:Description rdf:about=""
<?xpacket end="w"?>

Enjoy 😀

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