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Reading Metadata on Your Camera LCD

Camera metadata is available from your digital camera's LCD almost the moment you capture an image, and, although it's limited, this information can be a great resource for understanding and improving your photographs (Figure 3.10). The metadata you see on your camera's LCD screen describes your images' ISO settings, white balance, aperture, and more.

Figure 3.10

Figure 3.10 A variety of camera metadata is available on your LCD screen, including date, ISO, color space, white balance, and more. (Photo credit: Jeremy Lips)

Still, maneuvering through screens of metadata on your camera LCD can be difficult. It usually involves a series of micro switches and other navigational keys, many of which are small and hard to handle. Having cold hands or big thumbs and fingers can make finding metadata a challenging task indeed.

The first place to look as you begin learning about metadata is your camera's manual. Pick an image from among those on your memory card and follow the steps in the manual to find out more about it. Notice how your camera records ISO settings, white balance, metering, exposure information, tone, and more for each and every image it takes.

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