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How to Rate and Keyword Images on Your Canon EOS 6D

It’s a good idea to rate and keyword your images to make them easier to organize and find. When you download images from your EOS 6D, ImageBrowser EX downloads your images into folders arranged by the date they were photographed and adds the prefix you specify upon download. This will prevent you from having to find the proverbial needle in the haystack.

The first thing you can do after downloading images from a photo shoot is to rank them and add keywords. In the days of film, photographers would put their slides on a light box and give them a rating from one to five stars, with five-star images being the best of the lot. You can assign each image a rating of up to five stars with ImageBrowser EX.

Using keywords (tags in ImageBrowser EX) is another method of identifying images. You can add a keyword to an image that reflects the type of photography, the place in which the image was photographed, the name of the person in the photograph, and so on.

Lots of photographers shoot images at the same place, and they have the same basic keywords. You can add keywords to multiple images as follows:

  1. Click the folder into which the images were downloaded.

    You find the folders listed by date in the All Folders tab.

  2. Select the images that you want to add keywords to.

    You can select contiguous images in the ImageBrowser EX window by pressing the Shift key, clicking the first image you want to select, and then clicking the last image you want to select.

  3. After selecting the desired images, right-click.

    The context menu appears.

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  4. Choose Add tag.

    The ImageBrowser EX dialog box appears. You can assign multiple keywords to the selected images. Place a comma between each keyword and the next.

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  5. In the text box, type a keyword that helps you identify the image.

  6. Click OK.

    The keyword is added to the properties of each image.

  7. Repeat Steps 4 and 5 to add any additional keywords that help describe the photographs.

    You could add the person's name, the word sunset if it was a sunset shot, and so on.

Another manner in which you can sort images is by ranking them. You can rank an image from 1 to 5 Stars. To rank images:

  1. Click the folder into which the images were downloaded.

    You find the folders listed by date in the All Folders tab.

  2. Select the images that you want to rank.

    You can select contiguous images in the ImageBrowser EX window by pressing the Shift key, clicking the first image you want to select, and then clicking the last image you want to select.

  3. Right-click.

    The context menu appears.

  4. Pause your cursor over Change Rating.

    The rating submenu appears. You can assign a rank of 1–5 to the selected images, or reject them.

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  5. Click the desired rating.

    ImageBrowser EX assigns the keywords and ranks the images in one operation. How cool is that?

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