IPTC comments

Written by Gail Bjork

IPTC comments are embed captions, dates and other comments such as copyright information that can be placed in digital photos. The information stays with the image and can be accessed by others who use programs that read IPTC.

IPTC Metadata, also known as IPTC Comments, is information that can be embedded in an electronic image with most software programs used to edit photos. The information stays with the image and can be accessed by others who use programs that read IPTC.

Most digital cameras support IPTC data.

iptcIPTC was originally developed for press photographers who needed to attach comments to images when submitting them electronically. Now it is used by many photographers, both commercial and non-commercial.

Type of information that can be added to an image

The amount of information that can be added to each image is extensive, but most will only add general information such as the photographers name, a caption, the place and date a photo was taken and license and copyright information.

The comments remain with an image even if it is edited or resized. Adding or editing IPTC data will not change the quality of an image.

IPTC comments can be saved inside image files including JPEG, TIFF, RAW and some audio and video files.

IPTC/NAA comments are standardized by the International Press Telecommunications Council and the Newspaper Association of America.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.


  • I can add IPTC comments to .AVI and .MOV files using ZoomBrowser. If you have the right software program, you may be able to add comments to a variety of audio and video files. For more information, visit the IPTC website.

  • . . . so please tell us, which audio and video file formats support IPTC metadata.

  • Irfanview will only write metadata info to jpegs. It will not write the info to tiff which is what I am looking for.