For example, I have a photo that I took where the camera was tilted at about 200 degrees (per the accel data). This is the original photo
If I edit this in Photoshop to say brighten the sky or sharpen the image it will lose this orientation information and will display 'sideways'.
However if I copy back the metadata into the JPG file I can get the orientation information back. Here is a very photoshopped version of the original image
I thought Adobe Bridge with its export of metadata capabilities would work but it appears to ignore the Ricoh information for some strange reason. So instead I used a free tool called ExifTool (and ExiftoolGUI).
I am sure there are better ways but this is what I do.
First install exiftool and exiftoolGUI (you only have to do this once of course.
- You can find it here: http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/
- Once you've done this RENAME it from exiftool(-k).exe to exiftool.exe
- Then install ExifToolGui (which is a GUI front end) from here: http://u88.n24.queensu.ca/exiftool/forum/index.php?topic=2750.0
- The ExifToolGui needs to find the exiftool.exe file and the easiest way to do that is to copy the exiftool.exe into the same subdirectory as ExifToolGui.exe.
- After you've done the install and it runs (run it to make sure it finds exiftool.exe) you are ready to edit.
Ok with that over with here is the 'workflow':
- Edit your JPEG in Photoshop
- EXPORT as JPEG to a NEW FILE. Do not overwrite the original (heck back it up or something).
- Run EXifToolGUI
- Select the exported JPEG file
- Select Menu option Modify/Remove Metadata
- Select the top option '-remove ALL metadata' and click 'Execute' button
- Make sure your exported JPEG file is still selected
- Select Menu option 'Export/Import'/Copy metadata into JPG or TIFF.
- In the File Dialog select the ORIGINAL panorama JPG file.
- Make sure ALL options are selected and click 'Execute'
- If you look at the Metadata tag with the ALL button clicked you should see both a section labeled 'Ricoh' AND one labeled 'XMP-GPano' (Googles XMP pano)
- Test the exported JPG in the Ricoh program. Hopefully it worked.
Let me know if you are successful or not. It took me a while to figure this out so it is easy to mess up.
Also if someone knows of a more streamlined way please share. I know of one other way to do all of this but it requires a somewhat expensive program.