LIGHTROOM: Aspect ratio metadata field

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Please add a Lightroom metadata field that contains the current aspect ratio of the cropped image.

Bob
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Bob Rockefeller

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Not what you are asking for, Bob but hitting the [ R ] key opens the crop dialog and the Aspect field of the crop dialog will display any 'saved' aspect ratio and show it to you if your image matches. If you've deviated from one of the standards it will show you "Custom". From there, I am afraid it is up to you to do the math...

I like the idea though.
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Bob Rockefeller

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Rick,

You're right, that's not what I was looking for, but it's clever.

I want to be able to display that metadata as part of the thumbnail metadata information so I can quickly and easily see which images are cropped how. Like I can do in Aperture. :)

Bob
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To help the team out, can you describe how and when you use this and what disadvantage it causes now that interrupts your workflow?
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Bob Rockefeller

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A have a couple of use cases in Aperture:

I have that piece of metadata displayed under my thumbnails in the Browser and under the image in the Viewer. This gives me a quick scan of what version is what as I may have a stack with several different versions at different, common, crop sizes.

I can create a filter to look for specific aspect ratio images across different folders.

I include that field in my custom metadata display in the Info panel.

Without that data somewhere easy to see, it makes is slower to get to the virtual copy of the image I want.

Is that what you were looking for?

Bob
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That is a great use case.

I manage that currently with keywords for my portrait clients. If they order a 5x7, I crop 5x7, snapshot and call it 5x7 and then keyword 5x7, etc. I can always filter for it and see it in the keywording panel. Not elegant but it gets the job done. I keep only one thumbnail but it does contain many different versions (crops) of the same image.

I have +1d your request.
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Lightroom 5 has metadata for aspect ratio: portrait, landscape, or square. But that doesn't help if you really want numerical values.

The following plugins support aspect ratio in different fashions:
* DevMeta (author: Rob Cole)
* AnyFilter (author: John Ellis)
* DataExplorer (author: Jeffrey Friedl)

Rob
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Bob Rockefeller

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Rob,

Thanks for the pointers.

I would call portrait and landscape more orientation than aspect ratio.

Bob
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Hi Bob,

|> "I would call portrait and landscape more orientation than aspect ratio."

Fair enough, and agreed. Nevertheless Adobe called them 'Aspect Ratio' (along with "square") - just so ya know...

FWIW, there are 8 states of "true" 'Orientation' in Lightroom, which include various permutations of flippage, floppage, and rotation in 90-degree increments. These "orientation" states are not exposed as metadata, yet, but perhaps they will be some day (and is maybe why they didn't use the term "orientation" for the rather course "aspect ratio" options currently available - dunno).

Cheers,
Rob