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Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

Is there a way in Aperture 3 to only export certain EXIF information such as your name and e-mail (like in "creator") and leave everything else out of the export?

 

I see no reason why clients should get to see aperture, focal length, shutter speed - and worse, the keywords I've used to tag a photo.

 

In case everything fails, I'd probably just have to export without EXIF at all, but it would be nice to at least have my own name and e-mail address in the photos.

 

Thanks.

  • léonie Level 9 Level 9 (69,375 points)

    I don't see that it can be done with the export settings, but - as a work around - you  could create a new version of your photo and erase the meta data and then export this version.

    To erase the meta data just import a photo that has no meta data (any picture that was not taken with a camera will suffice), then set your copy right tags and lift and stamp that data onto the pictures you want to share.

  • Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    I thought about removing EXIF manually also but that would take like forever - but your idea about lift & stamp is quite clever, that way I can just set one the way I want it, and lift & stamp it to the rest. Sometimes solutions are hidden right in front of you

     

    Still too bad Aperture can't be a bit more flexible with what EXIF to export, and I can't seem to find any easy-to-use EXIF editors for Mac, which doesn't cost a fortune.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Take a look at exiftool. Its a command line solution (there might be a GUI for it, be surprised if there isn't) but is extremely powerful when it comes to manipulating imbedded image data, and its free.

     

    As an example to remove all imbedded data from an image the command is

     

    % exiftool -all= image.jpg

     

    To remove all metadata and add back the IPTC creator tag do:

     

    % exiftool -all= -creator='Frank Caggiano' Desktop/2011/02/_MG_0276.jpg

     

    BTW metadata such as email or creator is actually in the IPTC metadata. Not a major concern in this case but it might be a distinction you'll need to know about in the future.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (12,470 points)

    Set up a Metadata Preset the way you want ("Aperture→Presets→Metadata").  Include all fields you want to change to empty -- leave them empty and checked in the Preset.  Include the fields you do want data in, and supply that data (e.g.: Name, Contact, Copyright, etc.).  Apply with "Metadata→Batch Change ... ".  Select your Preset at "Add Metadata from:", and select "Replace".

     

    _Use with Care!_  You are destroying data (just for the Versions to which you apply this, but still).  Destroying data is almost always a bad idea.

  • Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Thanks for the tips, Frank Caggiano and Kirby Krieger.

     

    Sounds like the Metadata Preset it just another way to achieve the same thing as with lift & stamp, which one is better, I guess I'll have to think about - or try them out.

     

    I don't think there's a GUI for ExifTool.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Well if working in the command line is out you could check out GraphicConverter. It runs around $35 US

     

    But for what you are looking to do exiftool from the command line would not be  a problem. The commands are fairly straight forward.

  • Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Maybe I should give ExifTool a chance though

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (12,470 points)

    Which is better depends on your needs.

     

    Use Lift & Stamp for ad hoc (one-time) changes.  Use Presets for any set of changes you will re-use (whether adjustments, file naming, folder naming, export settings, or metadata).

  • Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    This doesn't seem to work, because you can't edit the actual EXIF data with the Metadata Preset, only IPTC stuff etc. What I'd like to remove is stuff like shutter speed, focal length etc. There's no need for that in the export, I just want my name and e-mail (IPTC).

    Kirby Krieger wrote:

     

    Set up a Metadata Preset the way you want ("Aperture→Presets→Metadata").  Include all fields you want to change to empty -- leave them empty and checked in the Preset.  Include the fields you do want data in, and supply that data (e.g.: Name, Contact, Copyright, etc.).  Apply with "Metadata→Batch Change ... ".  Select your Preset at "Add Metadata from:", and select "Replace".

     

    _Use with Care!_  You are destroying data (just for the Versions to which you apply this, but still).  Destroying data is almost always a bad idea.

  • Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    Either I must be doing something wrong, or this tip doesn't work

     

    I tried it - but with lift & stamp, the only thing that is being replaced is IPTC stuff, the actual EXIF data such as focal length, shutter speed etc., remains on the photo being stamped, even if I lifted from a screenshot that didn't have any EXIF.

    leonieDF wrote:

     

    I don't see that it can be done with the export settings, but - as a work around - you  could create a new version of your photo and erase the meta data and then export this version.

    To erase the meta data just import a photo that has no meta data (any picture that was not taken with a camera will suffice), then set your copy right tags and lift and stamp that data onto the pictures you want to share.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (25,715 points)

    You can't edit EXIF data in Aperture apart from the location info. EXIF data in Aperture is read only.

     

    The only thing you can do in Aperture is export all the EXIF data as it is and modify the rest or else export no data.

     

    If you want to be selective you will need to do it external to Aperture.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (12,470 points)

    I'm sorry -- you are correct (as Frank also points out, below).  Please accept my apology for directing you down this cul-de-sac.

  • Kawanaut Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)

    No worries, it happens

     

    Guess I'll just have to trust that clients doesn't wonder why I give some photos a certain star rating, certain keywords etc....

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (25,715 points)

    Thise you can remove, they are not EXIF they are either IPTC or Aperture specific

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