Updating Metadata for Digital Photos – Keeping It Simple — 5 Comments

  1. I’ve just started using Irfanview and adding IPTC metadata. I love the fact that if I add titles, descriptions and keywords to my images, it’s easy to find (for example) all images of a particular ancestor, even if they are not mentioned in the file name.

  2. I have already scanned numerous ancestral photos into Jpeg files. I’ve just learned about the fact that Tif file format is considered much better. Is there a way to convert my Jpeg files to Tif?

    • Brenda,

      No, you can’t go from jpeg to tif. The damage is done so to speak but don’t fret. Unless you’re unhappy with the quality of your scans, your jpegs are fine and there’s no need to rescan them. Going forward you might want to scan to tif, save those as your originals, and then convert them to jpegs (as a copy) when sharing them, making edits, etc. but always leave your original scan unmodified. Tif files use “lossless” compression whereas Jpeg uses “lossy”. In many cases it’s hard to tell the difference. You can think of it this way. A Tif is kind of like tearing a page out of a book whereas a Jpeg is kind of like taking a really good “xerox” of that page in the book. Then if you modify the page, mark it, up, crop it, etc., that’s kind of like taking another “xerox” of your page and each subsequent copy will lose some quality. Hope that helps.

      • Actually yes you can go from jpg to tiff (and so prevent any further loss of quality). I use Photo Plus by Serif to convert files in this way.

        • Thanks Sue. You’re right, there are tools that allow you to convert jpg to tiff, but keep in mind, there’s nothing to gain in doing so. The jpg file has already been compressed and you can’t get back to an “original” tiff format that is any better quality. I can’t think of any reason to do this unless you want to preserve the tiff file and prevent further editing. The file won’t be any better, just much larger on taking up disk space.

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