In the first parts of this series I’ve shown how to ensure that your photos always contain the correct metadata pertaining to copyright ad contact information. In this final post, I will talk a bit about preserving said metadata when exporting your images from Adobe Lightroom.
The following screenshot shows a portion of the Lightroom export dialog:
As you can see, Lightroom will always ensure that, at least, the copyright metadata is preserved when exporting an image. I suggest that you choose Copyright & Contact Info Only at minimum.
When exporting in a standard image format, like for example JPEG, the metadata is contained in the so-called EXIF headers. In case you want to check what exactly is included in those headers, exiftool can be used as follows (only showing the relevant lines from the output):
Creator : Ugo Cei Rights : Copyright © 2013 Ugo Cei Usage Terms : All Rights Reserved Creator Postal Code : 27100 Creator Work Telephone : +39 XXX XXXXXXX Creator Region : XX Creator Work Email : email@example.com Creator Country : Italy Creator City : XXXXX Creator Address : XXXXXXXXXXXXX Creator Work URL : https://www.ugoceiphotography.com
User Comment : (C) Ugo Cei
In the fourth and final part of this series, we will examine how the various photo sharing sites and social networks deal with your metadata.