So, I’ve begun to make good use of the 5-star rating system. But this has created a concern for me when, for example I photograph a high school swim meet and give the photos to the swimmers and their parents. Long story short, my rating system is stingy on stars. And there are plenty of photos I know other parents or their teenagers will love. Yet that from a photographic standpoint, rate poorly on my system.
I would prefer not to have some teenager look at what they see as a good photo of their-self, and see that I’ve rated it 2-stars. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to assume a teenager would interpret that as a rating of their appearance, rather than bad lighting, background or soft focus.
I would prefer not to lose the shot date on export. But I only see a way to remove both the shot date and the rating on export. Is there a trick anyone has found to more granularly choose what metadata is exported? Or specifically to just not export ratings, but do retain shot date?
like in your screenshot, I removed the checkmarks for Attributes and IPTC and no star rating gets written – see @Joanna’s remark.
Also tested with removing star ratings from the thumbnails – no problem.
@Wolfgang I don’t think that I am confused (although that is certainly possible) and although not “confused” I obviously wasn’t awake!
Given my confidence is at an all time low, if you leave the ‘Rating’ in the image and give them a digital copy then it will be simple for those who look at the image with the right software to see the ‘Rating’ unless you do what you stated!
If you are giving them a physical print that is different.
Yeah… I tested the .jpg export. If you open in Windows (presumably other operating systems too), the rating is there along with ISO, focal length, etc. Most people won’t go looking for it. I can just foresee some potentially bad outcomes if someone stumbles onto it and assumes it’s a rating of the subject rather than the technical merits of the photo. This will probably never happen though.
I know I can just uncheck “attributes” on export. The problem is that this removes more than just the rating. Will probably do this anyway in some cases.
One extra step but not particularly onerous, just keep any you wish to keep in your library (with ‘Rating’) separate from those for distribution, or just keep the originals, e.g. copy those destined for others to a separate suitably named directory “<event name, date etc>\For distribution”.
Once distributed they can be kept for a given length of time before being “destroyed”, just remember to “clean up” (set ‘Rating’ to 0 for someone who wants “reprints” after the “for distribution” directory has reached its “drop dead by date”.
I think, this concern is reasonable, we’re living in a world everything can be rated one Google and I honestly have no idea how young people use some kinds of ratings today. As always, rating can easily be misunderstood as long as I have no idea after which scale the rating happened. And even if the person in the picture knows how and why and what you rate - other persons might not and can start bullying. Especially a swimming-event of teenagers is already an invitation for body-shaming.
Usually, I only include ratings if I export to closed galleries seen only by photo-friends. I want them to know how I like my photo and I know this will not influence their “own rating”, but other viewers (= visitors of my public web galleries) can find their own scale.