Add Observations workflow

Following up on this post:

After loading photos into my photo-cataloging program*, I add any information that I know to the photo's metadata: species name, description, tags and location. Presuming I have taken several photos of a specimen, I export one to several photos of each specimen to the desktop. (With plants, I like to get separate photos of the whole plant, flower, fruit, leaf and/or any other useful details. With animals, I usually export the best single photo. But with reptiles in particular, the whole animal and a head shot are a good idea.)

Once I have them grouped by individual observation on the desktop, I drag-and-drop the best photo for each observation into the Add Observation window. Then I drag-and-drop additional photos to the observation to which they belong.

After that, I make any edits necessary to individual observations, or to groups of them or to the whole. If my observations all came from an area, (e.g., the McDowelll Sonoran Preserve), I select "Select All," select the Location box and type "McDowell Sonoran Preserve" into Locality Notes in the pop-up window.

You can also add observations to projects and add fields from that page. Of course, you can edit any of the information at any time from the individual observation page or by using Batch Edit.

  • I use Lightroom on a Mac, but Mac's Photos app allows you to add the same information. If you use Windows, sorry to say you're on your own, but I expect there are similar fields in Windows apps. (Lightroom is also available for Windows.)

iNaturalist field equivalents for Lightroom and Photos:

iNaturalist = Lightroom
Species name = Title
Description = Caption
Tags = Keyword
Location = GPS

iNaturalist = Photos
Species name = Title
Description = Description
Tags = Keyword
Location = Location

Posted on July 16, 2016 04:48 AM by stevejones stevejones


Great work-flow, Steve. :)

Posted by sambiology almost 8 years ago

Very helpful! I've been thinking about getting Lightroom.

Posted by carrieseltzer almost 8 years ago

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