The Solution to a Very Common Problem with Olympus Cameras

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (4 of 10)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 2.8

Olympus cameras are capable of delivering incredible image quality in the hands of capable photographers. Part of this has to do with the fantastic lineup of lenses available for the Micro Four Thirds camera mount system. Olympus has many of their own, but the likes of Sigma and Voigtlander also have a number of lenses available for the format.

Take that winning lens and sensor combination and you’ve got a highly capable image capturing duo–but for years there has been a bit of an annoyance when it comes to uploading images to the web.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II review photos (1 of 1)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 1.8

Take this photo for example: it’s part of our upcoming Olympus OMD EM10 Mk II review. When images from Olympus cameras are uploaded to our servers, a description and caption takes over that reads “OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA.” For most people, you wouldn’t think that it’s a problem, but for a busy blog like ours you’d be surprised at how incredibly frustrating this can be from an archiving standpoint.

Our image file naming conventions are designed with the idea of long term archiving in mind. So if we want to find images shot with the Sony A7r MK II, we have that term in the camera’s file name. We also have other things like food, portrait, etc. Why is this important to us? We use our review photos for stock when it comes to article production. It’s much easier to find an image of coffee if you type it into our media library or if you remember which camera you shot coffee images with.

Now, for the average person this won’t be much of a problem but it can surely be a nuisance in some situations. Whenever a person uploads an image from their Olympus camera to the web, you’ll see the caption OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA–and in some situations that caption can even override the file name’s appearance after the image is uploaded. Trust me, it happens all the time with our backend and me personally on Facebook, 500px, Flickr, etc.

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So how do you get rid of this? Well, there are two ways and they both involve Adobe Lightroom. The first solution requires you going to the caption of the image and simply taking OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA out and replacing it with your own caption (or leaving it blank.) That’s simple enough.

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The other solution has to do with batch editing multiple images. You’ll need to select those images, click on Sync Metadata in Lightroom and then remove the description. After this, just sync the photos.

We’re not sure why this happens all the time, but it does. It’s not only a problem with Olympus cameras, but we’ve also seen it happen with Samsung.

So that’s how you get rid of that little problem that we personally feel shouldn’t be there in the first place. For some, this solution will be quite obvious–but you’d be amazed how many people don’t know a thing about metadata manipulation.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.