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Metadata is additional data related to a photo, this is usually written by the camera into the image file at the time of shooting but can be edited later. This metadata includes information such as the time and date of shooting, equipment involved and settings used.

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Does the dpi number reported by camera in JPG have any meaning?

I have two cameras, a 6mpix Panasonic FZ8, and 14mpix Canon A2200. When I compare shots from two cameras, one of differences I notice is dpi number that camera reports in JPG info: FZ8 reports ...
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How can I better organise and file my photos?

At present I meticulously add metadata as EXIF tags to my photos using Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, which also lets me place them accurately on a map. The thing is I tend to leave photos in a folder ...
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What software can show my most frequently used focal length?

Many people recommend a focal length of 35mm, 50mm, and sometimes even 85mm and upwards for those interested in purchasing a prime lens. I, however, would like to figure out what focal length(s) I use ...
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What tool can visualize metadata from many photos on a Mac?

I have seen/heard about a PC/Unix (??) utility that goes through all your JPG/RAW pictures on your disk and shows you on a graph your most used lens, your most used zoom range, flash settings ...
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Adding data to an EXIF file

What is the easiest way to add data to an EXIF file? For example if I wanted to add a copyright to my images can that be easily added to the EXIF data?
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Is there any software which will set the EXIF Dates based on the file's modification date?

I have been using Exifer for many years to re-date and re-name my photos based on the EXIF dates from the camera(s). I have now started using some alternative camera apps available on the iPhone ...
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What tagging system do you use?

What tagging system do you use for your photo collection? I ask because tagging is the only way I can make sense of my large photo collection and I am trying to improve the effectiveness of my photo ...
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How to shift EXIF date/time created by time in days, hours, minutes?

I have two camera bodies, I was shooting while on vacation, when I downloaded the photos to lightroom, one body was set to the correct date/time, the other was off by 722 days, 4 hours, 32 minutes. ...
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Is there an EXIF standard for tagging people in photographs?

There are a number of websites that let you tag people in photos, such as Facebook and now flickr, but is there an EXIF standard for tagging who is in a photo, and where they are?
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What tools exist to remove metadata from photos?

Whenever I share my photographs, I also share lots of information that I do not want to pass on: specific camera model that the photo was taken with exposure time focal ratio ... How can I remove ...
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How can I get the shutter actuation count for Canon EOS 500D/550D?

How can I get the actual shutter actuation count for a Canon EOS 500D or 550D (Digital Rebel T1i or T2i)? Two popular solutions for most earlier Canon cameras don't work: I peeked at location ...
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Is it safe from a privacy and security point of view to display identifiable EXIF data on a public web site?

Whenever I compare the exif data displayed by Flickr or the data on Lightroom (3.4), I can't avoid getting my mind blown for the simple fact that I never come to a software tool (for windows) with a ...
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How can I create a map with GPS data from EXIF?

I've been taking photos all over the country last year and now I want to create a map with all the places I've been. Luckily all my photos are geotagged which makes the whole process easier. The main ...
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Can information like a signature, secret key or password be encoded in a photo?

I want to protect copyright of my photographs. So, I've decided I'd like to put some signature like information in my photos. According to my research, - I have copyright as default and I don't ...
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How to find all photos taken in April - any April?

I have 100+ gB of photos going back 25 years. They are arranged in a directory tree by category, with nested sub-directories. How can I make a search for all photos taken in a given month, say April, ...
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How do I determine focus points in Adobe Lightroom?

Not sure if this is possible or not in Adobe Lightroom. I would like to see the focus points chosen by my Canon DSLR. I am guessing this is stored somewhere in the EXIF, but I'm not certain. I find ...
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Is there a free program to (batch) change photo file's date to match EXIF?

Does anyone know of such a thing? I want to specify a directory and have the software find all the photos in the directory and its sub-directories, and if they contain EXIF date/time, it sets their ...
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How does Photoshop/Lightroom get the Colour temperature of a Raw image?

I captured a Raw image using my Canon 450D. When imported this RAW(CR2) file into Lightroom and Photoshop CS5, it showed the Temperature as 4900 and White Balance setting - "As shot". When I checked ...
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How do I get Adobe Camera RAW to read the the in-camera settings from Nikon raw .NEF files?

I dislike the losing of camera settings when I shoot in raw (.NEF) in nikon. The colors become dimmed and the camera noise reduction is removed , so the the photos look very noisy compared with ...
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Is there a way to export Lightroom's thumbnails whatever the resolution they are?

So, somehow I managed to erase folders containing some pictures. Now that I'm over my own stupidity, I ask, is there a way I can export Lightroom's thumbnails whatever the resolution they are? I ...
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Can I tell Lightroom to set export filenames to the Title if there is one or Original Filename when there isn't?

At the moment, when I export an image from Lightroom, I simply use the original image filename (with new extension). What I would like to do, if I have applied a Title, is to use that as the export ...
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What useful things can/can't you find out from exif tags?

I'm aware that you can find out a lot from looking at the exif tags of an image, such as camera make/model and the various settings used to take the picture, but what non-obvious things can you ...
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Is there a film scanner that can read the data from APS films and include it in the EXIF metadata?

I've a bunch of APS films that I'd like to scan but all the film scanners I've seen on the market today are 35mm scanners; and whilst some have little carriers to allow you to physically scan APS, ...
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What's a good batch-mode EXIF data editor?

I'm currently scanning a lot of old slides. The scanner I use has this annoying habit of adding "My beautiul picture" in a description field in the EXIF format. I'd like to use an EXIF editor to get ...
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Why employ the xmp sidecar file in Lightroom?

Currently I trust the catalog file to hold all of develop settings for my files. I don't use xmp/sidecar files. If you use them, why? I'm searching for a reason why I should use them.
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How can I batch add keywords (metadata) to JPGs, with matching?

I have a weird situation in on my hands and hope to find some direction/hints... The ultimate goal is to have a Lightroom catalog with about 30 000 keyworded images in it. The images are all JPEG, ...
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Lightroom Upgrade vs Lens Metadata

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 supports new lenses compared to earlier versions. I was hoping that it would change some of my lenses from 'Unknown Lens' to a specific model, but it did not. Synchronizing ...
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Can digital cameras sign images to prove authenticity?

Beyond the metadata/EXIF/IPTC (which can be easily altered), is it possible to prove that an image is authentic? If this is not possible, how does a photojournalist prove the authenticity of an ...
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How does Lightroom store data about photos?

I've seen numerous mentions of Lightroom's database, or catalog, and having to back it up. Being used to Bridge and Camera Raw, I'm accustomed to seeing sidecar .xmp files alongside my RAW files. ...
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What is “Image Unique ID”?

What is the Image Unique ID in Exif info? what is it used for?! It seems each system could use its own method, so is it still unique between different systems? Searching online I was able to find ...
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Can edits from multiple photo editing programs be saved in the same DNG?

When using the traditional sidecar approach, multiple programs can edit the same file as the edits are saved as instuctions outside of the RAW file itself. As long as the sidecar file isn't shared, ...
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Where are 'People Tags' stored when edited with Windows Live Photo Gallery?

I know that WLPG embeds regular tags into the image files themselves, but does anyone know if "people tags" are stored in the photo as well? If so, can you provide a link to some kind of ...
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Should I geotag the location of the subject or the photographer?

If I take a photo of a distant object with a zoom lens, and then geotag it manually, would it be more useful to tag the location of the distant object (what is seen in the photo) or the location from ...
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Batch adjusting the date (but not the time) of photos imported into Lightroom?

I purchased a new camera during my vacation, but I managed to take a whole night worth of photos with the incorrect date. I purchased the camera July 18th, but managed to set June 18th as the date. ...
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How can I tell if two pictures were taken with the same camera without metadata?

Is it possible to identify images (without exif data) and link them to the exact same camera? If so, I'd like some software recommendations to get the job done. I have two photos that I'd like to ...
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Can I determine if an image was captured using Manual or Auto mode?

Is there a way to find out if a picture (once taken) was taken in Manual vs. Auto mode? My daughter is in a photography class and we both have taken images with the same camera. I sometimes put it ...
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How to import metadata from extermal .xmp sidecar file when importing .jpg files into Lightroom?

I have thousands of image files that I want to import into Lightroom. Some of the files are .nef, some are .jpg, .tiff, and other formats. If I have file1.nef and also have file1.xmp in the same ...
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Can face detection information be extracted from the EXIF data on a Canon SX30?

I have been using an SX30 and they have a particular feature where each face has a bounding box when reviewing images taken with auto-focus set to Face Detect. There are two types of boxes: white ...
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How to find lens information from image metadata?

Is there a way to find out using which lens an image was taken, especially in Ubuntu? I tried using exif utility which gives me following o/p: $ exif 20111030.JPG ...
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DPI in photos vs DPI in Printers/Scanners [duplicate]

When I look at the properties of a JPEG shot on my Canon 5D MkIII (set to the highest quality settings on the camera), i've noticed that the 'Horizontal/Vertical Resolution is 72 DPI' My only ...
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How can I copy images to my camera for viewing?

I'd like to copy an image from the web to my camera (Canon S95) and view it on my camera's screen, sort of a poor man's iPad. I tried renaming the file but the camera reports "Incompatible JPEG". ...
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How do I remove photo-editor metadata from a JPG file?

How can I remove the header information which shows the name of image editing software? I want to "clean" the metadata from a JPG file so that nobody knows that image has been edited and appears as it ...