iOS 14 Lets You Add Captions to Photos

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Apple's iOS 14 update adds several new features to the Photos app, including an option to add captions to images right from the iPhone, which is something that Photos users have been wanting for quite some time.


The Photos app for Mac previously supported captions through the Description field, but on the iPhone, there has been no method for adding similar information. In iOS 14, entering a caption is quick and easy.

Tap to view any photo full screen on the iPhone, and then swipe up to get to the caption field. Tap the field, type the caption, and press enter.

Captions in iOS 14 sync across all devices if iCloud Photo Library is enabled, and the Description field in macOS Big Sur has been renamed to Captions for continuity.

Adding a caption to a photo using iOS 14 allows for an additional level of tagging and organization because captions can be searched for using the Photos search interface. There's still no native option for editing metadata for photos, but Captions make it easier to add labels that are visible cross device.


There are a few other useful improvements to the Photos app, such as filters for viewing all images or albums by Favorites, Edited, Photos, and Videos, sorting inside albums, and better autoplay for Live Photos. Navigating through photos also lets you zoom in and out on all albums, much like you can do with the "All Photos" interface in iOS 13, so it's easier to find specific images that you're looking for.

Article Link: iOS 14 Lets You Add Captions to Photos
 

Sethal

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What about keywords, titles, descriptions, and location information? Why add an entirely new information field in “captions” instead of just using what we already have labeled and use on our Macs? This is one of the few things keeping me from using iPadOS and iOS solely. I’ve been waiting for years and I guess I’ll be waiting longer.
 

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I wish there was another photo/video software organization tool other than Lightroom. I just want to tag photos and have in folders.
 

subjonas

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I’ve wanted this but maybe more so I’ve also wanted a dedicated tags/keyword field. I can maybe use the captions field for pseudo tags by putting an @ or some other symbol in front of desired keywords, which will make them more easily searchable, but a dedicated field would be much better because it would drop down a list of existing tags to choose from, and filter the list as you start typing, so that you can just tap the tag. This would also prevent you from accidentally making multiple tags with slight variations.

But this is a big step in the right direction and appreciated.

Does anyone know how metadata is saved for iOS photos? In a sidecar file?

What about keywords, titles, descriptions, and location information? Why add an entirely new information field in “captions” instead of just using what we already have labeled and use on our Macs? This is one of the few things keeping me from using iPadOS and iOS solely. I’ve been waiting for years and I guess I’ll be waiting longer.
Can someone using iOS 14 please post whether AAPL is using the EXIF's "User Comment" field OR the EXIF's "Maker Note" field for this ???

Thanks in Advance.
Article seemed to say captions and descriptions are the same field?
Agree with needing other fields, especially keywords.
 
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Does anyone know if shared albums in iOS 14 now share photos and videos at full resolution? It seems crazy that iPhones have amazing cameras for photos and videos and shared albums onlz support 720p!
 

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Two days ago i taught my daughter how to do this so she could create an album of her stuffies. For each video, she puts a text caption explaining the name, the origin, the origin of the name, her favorite thing about it, etc. It’s adorable.

UPDATE: LOL. Some dude marked this as “disagree.” Probably hates puppies and the flag, too.
 
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When the photo or video is exported/saved to Files or Finder, does its caption is the default name of the exported file?
 

jonmannon

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I wish that it was easier to share the metadata in shared albums. My mom recently died so I've been slowly combing through the family album and scanning things in. I've been working with my dad to try to figure out the year/location of each pic. Things are fine on my end, but when I add to the shared folder for the family it is all out of order again.
 
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cocky jeremy

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Sorry what? ...

adding photos to any amount of folders does not create a single new copy. You know that right?
When I make a folder and put a photo in it, that photo is still in my camera roll. I want it out of the camera roll once I put it in a folder. I only want the camera roll to be used for new pictures I haven't assigned to a folder yet.
 

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Apple‘s way of managing photos is almost perfect for the majority of costumers from capturing the photo, organizing albums, backups, sharing and watching these photos. However, hiding some photos is not, and the hidden album is a joke.
 

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What about keywords, titles, descriptions, and location information? Why add an entirely new information field in “captions” instead of just using what we already have labeled and use on our Macs? This is one of the few things keeping me from using iPadOS and iOS solely. I’ve been waiting for years and I guess I’ll be waiting longer.
I believe that's what they did. That is they now are exposing "descriptions" on iOS. But the renamed it to be called "Captions" on iOS and macOS. But yes, would be nice if they showed additional meta. I doubt they would show titles, since they probably prefer the simplicity of a single caption to encompass titles and descriptions. In regards to "location" that is exposed already. When you swipe up shows a map where the photo was taken, and has the address itself below that. Won't show a GPS coordinate if that's what you mean. Doesn't show keywords as I imagine they prefer auto categorizing for people like other competitors are doing. As pro users we often would prefer to curate ourselves but the rest of the world certainly doesn't so I can understand that. At least now with captions, one could add keywords to the captions like #landscape, and since the captions are searchable you could find things like you would with keywords. Photos has a long way to go, though will never be meant to be a pro app and meant for the general user, if they keep adding these little bits may go along way for people trying to get more out of it.
 
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adrianlondon

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Oh wow. FINALLY. And what's even more exciting is that I didn't know about this until a few seconds ago.

I was using an app called Hashphotos to add some text to my photos when travelling (as at home I'd use my laptop) to caption photos. For me, this is a very welcome addition to Photos.

I've just captioned a photo, it synced the caption to my laptop and exiftool on the exported jpeg shows that the caption has filled the "Caption-Abstract" and "Description" fields. Good news.
 
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sos47

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360 photo support please! almost every action camera company offers a 360 cam for years. so please apple 🙏
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When I make a folder and put a photo in it, that photo is still in my camera roll. I want it out of the camera roll once I put it in a folder. I only want the camera roll to be used for new pictures I haven't assigned to a folder yet.
you can solve your request with a smart album. Note, smart albums can only be created with the macOS Photos app. so it would be very nice, if iOS or ipadOS Photos support smart albums.Workaround You can create the smart album with maOS and then use it on iOS
 
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cocoua

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I can’t believe they did this at last!!
It would be even better to rename the file... but let’s give them some more years!!!
One thing at a time
 
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