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What Does the Term Metadata Mean When Talking About Photography?

Metadata when related to digital photography refers to a set of data that describes an individual image file. Metadata is stored when an image is taken and can contain information on where and when an image was captured, specific exposure information, and even information related to image ownership and copyright. The amount of metadata captured alongside an image can be defined within a cameras settings allowing a photographer to taylor the metadata recorded to their specific needs. In post processing and image storage metadata can be used to filter and sort images, a function particularly important to keen photographers who’s libraries often contain literally hundreds of thousands of images.