Audio Notes on Images

An often overlooked feature are audio notes.  Did you know you can record audio files that are attached to images you have shot?  Ever want to remember the name of someone you photographed on the street, or in passing somewhere?  Any important shot details that would be good to remember?  An idea for editing later?  Sometimes you don’t have a pen and paper.  Sometimes it is too slow to get your phone out, or other items in your bag if you are moving quickly, the light is fading, or you are standing in a stream and everything is buried in your backpack.

You can easily make audio notes on any image.  You can only make one note per image however, and it can only be up to 30 seconds long.

To make audio notes:

  1. Select an image via playback
  2. Hit the OK button to bring up image options
  3. Select the Microphone icon and hit OK
  4. It will ask you to start recording.  Select the START option and hit OK again.
  5. Hit OK to to finish recording as well.

Recordings will play back automatically when you view that image on your camera.  Press the D-pad up or down to adjust volume.

When you import all your files, the audio file will be next to the image file.  If you use lightroom, the audio will accompany the file, but it won’t be visible.  If you do a filter search for text, and type in “wav” …all files with audio notes will appear.  To access that file’s notes, in the library view open up the Metadata tab on the right column.  Make sure “default” or EXIF+IPTC” is selected.  You will see a line that says, “Audio File.”  Click on the file name listed there to listen!  (Thanks John for point that out!)

March 5, 2019

8 responses on "Audio Notes on Images"

  1. Thanks! I did not know, noe I know. And I will use it. :-)

    Also thank you for uour blog. Some very nice articles and tips!

  2. Enjoy your site Tony, keep it up. In relation to audio files in LR, there is no problem hearing them in LR6 at least, just make sure that the Metadata tab is set to EXIF and IPTC and there your audio file can be found and listened to. Hope that helps.

  3. I’m using this to make notes which filters I have used for a specific image. Very useful!

    Enjoy your site, Tony :-)

  4. I have seen that microphone icon when I accidentally went into that mode, LOL, but I never realized the potential uses. This is great! I can see it coming in useful when I do bracketed images, focus stacking, panoramas, etc. For instance, to let myself know this is the end of a 10-exposure focus stack, or 7-exposure or whatever. Because many of the images in a focus stack appear to be mostly out of focus, and if you don’t realize you could easily throw them away for being out of focus. Sometimes I take intentionally blurred images to use as background bokeh and textures, but if I forget when I’m going through my images and culling the obviously out of focus, oops, there it goes. Great tip!

    • Hi Donna, another tip for marking off long sequences like that is to take a dark frame before and after. I do this especially when I am making hdr panoramas or large focus brackets where I have 50+ images. I simply cover the lens with my hand and make a frame before and after the series. That way in Lightroom I can see the groups. Bracketed by two dark frames. The audio notes are great though. If you ever make extra shots for a scene to paint in a different cloud, or to remove an element…the audio notes are great for marking that stuff since the shots often look identical except for an element. Very useful all around.

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