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Wed, May 4, 2011 2:11 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Add text notes to photos, stacks, directories, collections

Let me add text notes to photo, stacks of photos, and directories of photos so that I can record shot and processing details. I'd like to be able to print the notes along with an image thumbnail.

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9 years ago

Metadata for a stack...
Hmm....
I see possibilities.

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9 years ago

You can already add notes to photos, in several different ways.

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how? the Comment section is disabled for every photo I have. So how can I add notes?

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The Comments panel is for displaying comments that users have entered on photos that have been published to Flickr, Smugmug, etc. via a LR publishing service, so it's not useful for what you want to do.

I think Lee Jay was referring to the standard metadata fields: Title, Caption, User Comment (in the EXIF tag set of the Metadata panel), Headline.  If your workflow doesn't otherwise use one of these fields, you can use it for your notes. They will expand in the Metadata panel to accommodate multiple lines.

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You can select what metadata to be shown by selecting from the metadata dropdown list in the right panel. There's a subsection called 'workflow' if you select 'EXIF and IPTC' in the dropdown, This can be multi-line if you press ctrl-enter.
If you select 'IPTC' in the dropdown, the subsection is called 'Status' instead (?!)
Nothing will be seen on the photo but at least it can be used as a small notepad / postit substitute.

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9 years ago

But the ability to add notes to a stack would be a nice FR (assuming Stacks receive some attention in the next release)

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9 years ago

Yeah, for instance a way to delineate if a stack is a Pano, focus stack, HDR, time sequence, etc. Perhaps a set of icons could be created and attached to stacks for clarity. And then of, course searches and sorts could be conducted on these icons. For instance, a user could search and sort around all their HDR stacks or Pano's.

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9 years ago

I love this idea. Notes for folders, collections, presets, stacks, etc. would be very useful.

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9 years ago

Also, notes for keywords and collections. It's useful to record details about the person, place, or event named by the keyword or collection. Photoshop Elements let you do this, and many people found it very useful.

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9 years ago

I recommend using custom metadata for photo notes in the mean time, either JB's 'Big Note' plugin, or my CustomMetadata plugin.

Also, FolderNotes supports folder notes and catalog notes, although it leaves something to be desired over a native implementation, you may find it useful in the mean time.

+1 vote: Notes for "everything" to satisfy us note-a-holics... - add to the list notes for:

- Snapshots
- History steps
- Custom Metadata items
- Publish Services
- DNG Camera Calibration Profiles

One could just keep notes for these things in other ways/places but the value of the convenience of having them right there when/where you need them should not be underestimated.

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Jeeez, do ANY of this guy's comments come without pre-installed plugs to his own software?
All these plugs make me want to avoid his stuff, regardless of what it does.

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I pose solutions regardless of their origin. Please do ignore them if they don't interest you, but please do not pollute the forum with personal attacks.

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That wasn't a personal attack, it was an opinion, to which I am entitled.
Please ignore any further opinions of mine if you don't like them.

Regarding my comment, oddly enough, the origins of most of the "solutions" I have seen so far posted by you, seem to be for your own software.

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Thpppppppp...

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It seems that the link to your tool is broken. And JB's Big Note doesn't allow me to add a note in LR6. I paste in the note and it disappears

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If you're referring to Rob Cole's CustomMetadata plugin, unfortunately Rob passed away 4 years ago and his plugins are no longer supported. You can still download it from here: https://github.com/DaveBurns/rc_CustomMetadata. I don't know how well it works in LR 8.

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9 years ago

And the Any Tag plugin supports notes for keywords. The range of plugins providing "notes" or "description" functionality does suggest that folding it into the core workflow of LR could benefit a larger number of users.

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9 years ago

One disadvantage of a plugin solution is that the notes are not stored in XMP or DNG files. They only live in LR catalogs.

Rob, if you like notes in the history panel, you may like my feature request that (among other things, such as non-linear "undo") suggests user defined names (e.g., "Teeth Whitening") for edit actions).

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I'm a sucker for just about any improvement to edit-history (you got my vote there).

And perhaps, I could get your support for saving custom metadata in xmp(?)

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Yep. :)

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9 years ago

Some plugins do store their notes in the catalog. The Any Tag plugin stores its notes in a plain text file, so they're not locked into the catalog.

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Yeah, if its custom metadata (which is presently only supported on a per-photo basis), then its in the catalog. FolderNotes stores notes in plain text files too.

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9 years ago

I suppose it goes with saying that if notes are supported in Lr interface then they should be accessible via SDK too...

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9 years ago

You have my vote there, definitively needs it. And over all need them to be copied in the xmp metadata at least the notes that refer to the photo..
regards

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9 years ago

notes for folders would be great

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9 years ago

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Merged, thanks!

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9 years ago

Hi,
I'm love working with Lightroom because it's the only way to handle so many photos. But I was always wondering why it is not possible to put a description or a tag to a folder or a selection ? At least I have photos of an event in such a folder or selection, and for me it would be pretty helpful to store some general notes for this event without attaching it to all photos. How do you handle this ??
Best
Heiko

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom: short description or tag for folders and selections.