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How do i use the exif tool to create folders on the camera model name?

Here's the deal, i'm an absolute beginner and i'd to do this. I'd asked chatgpt and it came up with this code. Somehow, it's not working. I'd check everything and it should be. I also want to make ...
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How can I use ExifTool to rename .HEICS files by the file modify date?

The following ExifTool command renames many file types in the current directory by file modify date (e.g., .HEIC, .JPG, ...
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Why do Adobe Bridge and XnView MP show incorrect thumbnails for cropped scanned images?

When I scanned in some 4"x6" photographs, my scanner produced jpg image files for the full 8.5"x11" bed of the scanner. I used XnView MP to crop the images, but now both XnView MP ...
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Breaking down the format of the "Y Cb Cr Sub Sampling" EXIF tag

When using exiftool to inspect various images, I've seen lots of different values for the Y Cb Cr Sub Sampling tag. A few ...
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How can I use ExifTool to prepend text to image files' descriptions?

I need to prepend text to the description fields of a bunch of jpgs. I found discussions of appending text (e.g., here and here), but not of prepending text. My destination tag is ...
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Auto (or manual) renaming of various JPG files

Part 1. I have two camera sources. 1 Mobile which produces IMG_20180618_035708.jpg files 2.Panasonic Lx7 which outputs P1910846.jpg So, I would like to be able to bulk rename the P1910846.jpg to ...
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ExifTool, apply default.xmp to all RAW images in the folder

I have folder with files default.xmp _DSC0001.ARW _DSC0002.ARW _DSC0003.ARW What i want to get is three new XMP files that have same contents as ...
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How do I set the preserved filename with exiftool only on the first time?

Context While organizing my pictures I typically use many operations of exiftool to adjust date/time, rename the file, bulk add GPS locations, add creator names etc. In this process, each JPG image is ...
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Set Date Created from filenames

I have around 4k photos and 1k videos that have no date in metadata because I switched my phones. All of them have the dates in the filenames in the format - ...
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Why does Jhead with the -autorot option fail to fix my photos' orientation?

I have a lot of photos taken with an iPhone SE that are not displayed in the correct orientation when I view them using the Windows Photos app, XnView MP, or FastStone Image Viewer. I never modified ...
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Can exiftool move images to folders, based on a timestamp?

Can Exiftool move files that have same timestamp (up to the second) to one folder? I was taking pictures with exposure bracketing in sets of 3, so they have same-second timestamps. I want to split my ...
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How can I change the "time taken" metadata for iPhone HEIC files?

I have some recent iPhone photos with timestamps in the wrong timezone. In Windows PowerShell, ...
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Can I assume the DateTimeOriginal of an image without an OffsetTimeOriginal is already in UTC?

I'm working on an application which will extract some EXIF information from images including when the image was taken. I see that some images provide a DateTimeOriginal but not an OffsetTimeOriginal. ...
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date in the picture can you check that the sotała has changed?

I would like to check if the date in the photo has been changed, if someone can do it.I can't find much on the internet about it.
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Programatic way of aggregating focal length metadata across large collection of photos

I am looking to analyze my library of photos to see what focal lengths I use most often, to better inform lens purchasing decisions. The recommendations I have been able to find online so far usually ...
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Google is wiping my EXIF data, gives it back in a JSON file. Any already built tool that restore the tags?

So I've been uploading photos to google for ages and noticed something by accident the other day. My photos are losing their EXIF data courtesy of Google! I read I can use their data exporter (...
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Finding images that have GPS tags

I have a rather clumsy and inefficient way to do this with exiftool, find, etc., but maybe there's a better way … I have more ...
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Categorizing images using Exiftool

I would like to categorize images in my photo collection with tags describing the image. for example, if the image contains a dog, a cat and a baby, and is taken in a kitchen, the list of tags should ...
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Exiftool renames using tags that may not exist?

I have a camera that uses a SequenceNumber tag. I have another camera that uses a FileNumber tag. Both of these tags essentially ...
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Calculate bounding box coordinates from EXIF data

I am very much a newbie to this field and I am having problems understanding the mathematical equations given in some of the related questions on other exchange websites. Basically I want to calculate ...
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Interpreting EXIF GPSYaw values

I have been extracting the geographic information from a number of photographs. This spatial information is stored in the photograph's exif data. Part of the data I am extracting is the GPSRoll, ...
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Which tag to set in exiftool (for videos) in order to keep timestamps persistant for display on a (Android) mobile device? [closed]

I recently backed up pictures and videos from my Android mobile phone using GoodSync in order to keep the correct timestamps in Windows. However, I realised that a large amount of files didn't have ...
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Preserving Recovered Images: What is stored in the "UserComment" EXIF tag?

Background Hello, I was able to recover some images from a broken hard drive. Some of the images seem to have some binary data in the UserComment tag and I was ...
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How can I get ExifTool to create an IPTC section when copying composite tags?

I have a bunch of image files of scanned slides with valid Exif timestamps for when the slide was taken (DateTimeOriginal tag) and when it was scanned into digital ...
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Creating missing EXIF header

EXIFtool can manipulate EXIF headers, but can it create EXIF headers for images which are missing EXIF header as a whole? If so, what is the syntax? To further clarify, how do you add EXIF data to ...
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Copying all photos with EXIF Rating >= 4 using ExifTool

I have used EXIF's Rating interval for ranking photos in my collection. My photo collection is organized in directories in the form ...
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Is there a way to know which camera captured images?

I am a medical researcher, doing research on some medical images. I have some JPEG images, and for a study, I need to include the information on the camera type used to capture those images. Is that ...
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ExifTool does not extract corrupted EXIF metadata from jpeg file. How to repair it?

The image viewer nomacs offers a quick way to add image notes via Exif.Image.ImageDescription metadata. After having edited the form for ...
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Exiftool GPS tagging from lat/long works partially but it's always missing a timezone (which I think is the reason it gets actual pos wrong)

I have a GPS file containing data such as ...
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How can I edit EXIF Data based on the filename?

I've moved all the photos from my phone to PC (something that I did multiple times along the years from multiple phones) and the date taken is different from the actual date or doesn't exist at all (...
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ExifTool command (Windows 10) to move files to a separate directory if the modified-date is later than the date-taken

I'm very new to this, please be gentle. My aim is to identify, and separate, original (unamended) photos, from several thousands of amended photos. Often with the same name but different directory. ...
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Should I care about duplicates with different metadata?

I'm in photo-backup-deduplication hell. Thousands of folders organised in a different way, backups of backups of backups. There's no easy way to know what's latest/more important. I'm using dupeGuru ...
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Change EXIF and/or Creation date based on folder name

I have lots of photos with non-existent exif dates where the write date is not correct. The original dates disappeared during a hard drive replacement. But they are in folders with the correct date. ...
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Exiftool: batch change date to year specified in directory name

I have my old scanned photographs sorted in folders named by the year they were probably taken (1970, 1971 etc); the folder ...
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How do I change only the year in the metadata using ExifTool, for a batch of files?

Have a few thousand tiff photos I’ve scanned in over the past few years into Lightroom Classic. For reasons I won’t go into here since not relevant to the question, I’d like to change the year for all ...
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Exiftool drops some EXIF tags [closed]

I am trying to copy all the exif information from Canon *.MOV video files into my *.m4a audio files. But some EXIF tags are missing: ...
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Changing Date on large numbers of scanned files

I have thousands of scanned photos and would like to change the EXIF data to have the proper dates. I can do this all with exiftool, but am looking for a way to process the files after I have ...
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How do I use exiftool to strip all exif tags except rotation?

I need the exact opposite of How to remove orientation attribute from the photo without touching other exif-data? I want to keep the EXIF rotation data, but I want to strip the rest of the data. ...
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Transfer EXIF data from Android to Windows

I have taken over 500 photos on my recent journey and I'd love to code a program that allows me to access the GPS location of every photo and, through GMaps API, show me where the photo was taken. ...
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How to set a randomised creation date on multiple images on a specific year with Exiftool?

I have multiple images that have been scanned from 6x4 prints, not knowing when the photo has been taken, most of the photos have not been taken on a particular event, but knows the year taken. A one ...
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How to make a JPG files DCF compatible? (command line)

At the moment I use Sony’s Imaging Edge Desktop to make individual photos viewable in camera. However, this is cumbersome if there are many pictures. How can it be done from the command line? ...
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Why might an EXIF DateTimeOriginal be later than photo capture?

As it says in the title, assuming no hacking/malicious editing of EXIF. In my case DateTimeDigitized and DateTimeOriginal are the same if that makes any difference to the potential reasons.
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Using exiftool to import date, gps and tags from xmp files

Not sure if this can be achieved with exiftool or if there's a better alternative... I've exported a big amount of pictures from iPhoto and apparently apple exports original file with a sidecar XMP ...
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How can I rename filename with modified date and number count with Exiftool? (Mac)

Trying to switch to Exiftool from jhead to rename more filetypes other than jpg & jpeg. Whats the script for exiftool to convert from jhead: ...
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Add Geotags to photos from GPX track [duplicate]

What's the best way to add geotags to photos if I have a GPX file with my location track? I don't have lightroom and I'm on a Mac.
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Rename DNG and associated JPG in one go

I have a folder full of DNG and JPG files like IMGP0001.DNG IMGP0001.JPG and I want to rename them to ...
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Why doesn't Lightroom load files after I've changed their camera model metadata using EXIFTOOL?

I shoot with Fuji (.RAF). I am currently having issues in changing camera model on Mac. I tried using the command line exiftool -Model="..." <filename>.raf ...
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Exif tag for png files that will be recognized by google photos as date taken

I am trying to upload several png files (screenshots) to google photos. As PNG does not have DateTimeOriginal tag, I have used ...
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How can I detect if two files are actually the same image? [duplicate]

Let's assume a JPG file (or any other image/video file format), that I duplicate the file, and I modify the tags on the copy. Is there a way to verify that the image inside both JPG files is actually ...
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exiftool - rename using model only - not maker

I want to rename my files to include the camera model, but the full tag includes the make as well. ...
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