"Who" tags are incorrectly excluded from "Keywords"


PhotoStructure treats Who & Keywords as exclusionary, so you can’t get a single view of all photos with a person’s keyword or a person’s face tag, because the photos are unexpectedly split between Who and Keywords.

Expected Behavior

I expect that when I browse to “elon musk” in my library using Keywords, anything with that keyword is shown, either face tagged or not.

Current Behavior

In PhotoStructure, unexpectedly it differentiates between:

  • Photos with facial recognition and a keyword → “Who”
  • Photos without facial recognition and a keyword → “Keyword”

If I go to “Keywords” > “elon musk”, it will only show those photos with the Keyword, not the ones with the facial recognition.
Vice versa, going to “Who” > “elon musk”, will only show those with the facial recognition, not the keyword.

I expect in PhotoStructure:

  • “Keywords” > “person” - shows all photos with that keyword, regardless of whether there is a face.
  • “Who” > “person” - shows all photos with that person’s keyword, regardless of whether there is a face, if the keyword is used for faces already.

Steps to Reproduce

Here’s a test Lightroom and PhotoStructure library to illustrate how PS doesn’t include all photos.

I have 3 photos:

  • 2 of Elon Musk facing the camera
  • 1 of Elon looking away.

The 2 facing the camera will have his face detected, but the 3rd is also Elon, so I want that keyworded.

All 3 have the “elon musk” keyword:

Only two have had a face detected and confirmed as “elon musk”:

Face detected:

In PhotoStructure, we can see the problem quickly. Two of the images with the face confirmed appear in “Who”, but “Keywords” only shows one image.

This means if I want to find all the photos with the keyword “elon musk”, I can’t. If I navigate Keywords > “elon musk” I only get one photo, “elon3.jpg”:
I should get three photos here.

To dig a little deeper - in the EXIF data, it looks like “elon3.jpg” has the same keyword as “elon1.jpg” or “elon2.jpg”:

Of course, “elon1.jpg” has the “Person In Image” and “Region Type” of Face, which “elon3.jpg” doesn’t have. which is expected:

In summary -

  1. Because “elon1.jpg” and “elon2.jpg” (with the faces) have the “elon musk” keyword, I would expect them to appear in PhotoStructure > Keywords.

  2. Ideally I’d expect the “elon musk” Who tag to also show “elon3.jpg” because it has the same keyword, but that’s probably more subjective. This is useful because then I can navigate through Who to find people.


Operating system and version: Windows 10

PhotoStructure edition: PhotoStructure for Node 1.0.0b5

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Oooh, neat usecase. Thanks for taking the time to explain it so well.

Searching for “elon” (now that search is fixed in beta.7) should show all three images.

When PhotoStructure sees a keyword that’s also in a “People” tag, it tries to be clever and only keep the “people” tag, as you saw.

What I could do is add a setting that keeps both. The “Who” tag is subsequently parsed (if you set tagNamesFormatter to family/given), so for elon1 and elon2, you’d end up with

Keywords/elon musk
Who/elon musk

and for elon3,

Keywords/elon musk

Does that suffice? FWIW, this sort of “keyword parenting” setting is also related to Prefix for keywords Tag - #6 by mnaoumov

Yes, instead of just keeping the People tag it should also keep the Keyword.
Although the search finds everything, in the use-case is that you are browsing Keywords, this would solve the problem of not seeing everything keyworded.


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