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:
- Select an image via playback
- Hit the OK button to bring up image options
- Select the Microphone icon and hit OK
- It will ask you to start recording. Select the START option and hit OK again.
- 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!)