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Metadata and why it's so important!

Much of a photo's intrinsic value lies not just within the image itself, but in the accompanying information that describes it. Identifying individuals, locations, detailing events, and explaining the context behind the photo capture, all contribute to its overall significance. As we transition photos into digital formats, consideration arises regarding how to preserve the details written on the back of the photo or other pertinent information.


Here's why Metadata is so important. It's the unseen but vital component of each photo. Metadata encompasses various details associated with each image file, and follows that photo wherever it goes (if you handle it the right way). While mundane metadata might consist of scanner or camera specifications, scan dates, and file sizes, more crucial metadata can encapsulate narratives like "Dad's first car, a 1984 Corvette, his 38th birthday present to himself." Such metadata enriches photos by answering the quintessential who, what, when, where, and why questions.



Preserving the handwriting from the back of a photo or any related information holds immense value for families and friends sharing these images. Younger generations may not readily recognize the individuals or grasp the significance of the moments captured. Incorporating such details vastly enhances the photo's significance.


Pixel Promises offers an invaluable service in metadata preservation. During photo scanning, all pertinent information from the photos or slides can be seamlessly integrated into the photo's metadata. Consequently, when clients share these photos via email, USB drives, CDs, or online galleries, the metadata accompanies them, ensuring easy access to all relevant details.


Have you heard the saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words". Well, in this case, it really is . . . and then some, thanks to its accompanying metadata.


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