- Used for: Allows for fine-tuning what metadata is exported with your images from Lightroom.
- Platform/s: Lightroom Plugin (requires Lightroom 2+)
- Software Homepage: http://regex.info/blog/lightroom-goodies/metadata-wrangler
- Developer: Jeffrey Friedl
- License Type: Donationware
When Lightroom exports your images, it takes an all-or-nothing approach to embedding metadata. But the Metadata Wrangler plugin adds fine-grained controls right into Lightroom’s export function.
Jeffrey Friedl makes some of my favorite plugins for Lightroom. They are decidedly utilitarian and go a long way to extending Lightroom’s capabilities. Although he develops these plugins as a hobby, he does a great job of keeping them updated and adds useful new plugins from time to time.
This particular plugin is useful for a number of things, including stripping internal workflow notes and removing notes about the processing software used. Mostly I use this for resetting date information (although it’s not foolproof on this if you require to keep title fields, type and serial number of your camera, etc.
But first a word of warning: getting the results you want from this plugin can involve some trial and error, a failing of the mess that image metadata has become rather than the developer. A multitude of claimed “standards” exist and every piece of software is allowed to add its own little idiosyncratic custom code to XMP. And to make matters worse, XMP, IPTC, and EXIF can all have different entries denoting the same field of information. Adjusting the date field in EXIF, for example, doesn’t necessarily mean that you have adjusted it in the various places in the IPTC and/or XMP metadata. So it’s very difficult to get image metadata fully under control, but Jeffrey Fried’s Metadata Wrangler for Lightroom goes a long way towards it.