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How can I extract just the value of a tag without the name using exiftool?

I am trying to save camera make to a var in my bash script. If I use: exiftool -make x.jpg This returns: MAKE : SAMSUNG I need it to return just the value, without the key and colon. What am I ...
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How to edit the shutter speed value in metadata?

I found ExifTool, which allows you to edit almost any piece of metadata from the command line. However if you try to edit the shutter speed (using exiftool file.tif -shutterspeed=1/200), it simply ...
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Is "Date Taken" Exif data possible on .PNG file, and is it possible to copy "Date Modified" to "Date Taken"?

I want to change the Exif data for some .PNG files so that they have the "Date Taken" tag. Is it possible to use that tag on .PNG files? Is it possible to copy the "Date Modified" date to the "Date ...
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Which color space is used by my iPhone 8 photos?

While my old iPad mini photos say their color space is sRGB, my new iPhone 8 photos tell me their color space is "65535" ("unknown value"). Some sources say this value means "uncalibrated", but that ...
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When is each of these EXIF date & time variables created, and in what circumstances do they change?

Analyzing various EXIF data, one noticed there are several date and time data inside. [File] from what I understand is system data, just displayed there for convenience, not really part of EXIF data (...
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How to change camera model with exiftool?

I bought a Nikon D600 only to realise that Lightroom 4 can't read the RAW format that it shoots in. I've done some research and found that some people use the Exiftool to change the model and then ...
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How to add EXIF Lens data in Lightroom for unknown lens?

One of my prime lenses is non-electronic and so the photos EXIF data does not include any lens information. These show up in Lightroom 4.3 as "Unknown". I see no way through Lightroom to add this ...
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How can I strip tags from a JPEG without removing the color profile?

For a while now I have used exiftool to strip away unnecessary metadata from jpg files (and to add copyright information) before uploading them: exiftool -all= image.jpg However, today I noticed ...
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How can I incrementally date photos?

I have a collection of photos that have no date information. They have no Exif data, and the file modification dates are all identical. The only sequence is in the file name: image-0001.jpg, image-...
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How do I update Lightroom metadata after using ExifTool without wiping my edits?

I had to change the date/time of my photos to + 3.5 hours with ExifTool because Lightroom didn't allow me to input half an hour… I was using "exiftool -AllDates+=3.5" which is working nicely but ...
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How to set "date modified" by "date taken" with Exiftool? [duplicate]

I'm still struggling with Exiftool's commands; even with, what should be (and probably is) a simple operation. How to set the "date modified" by "date taken / original date" for all images in a ...
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Can I programatically manipulate Lightroom's "rejected" flag in images?

Can I use a tool like exif2 or exiftool to programatically inspect and manipulate the flag used for "Rejected" in Lightroom? I can't find a field that seems to correspond to it. If not, is there ...
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Search large collection of images for exif tags without lightroom/aperture etc

Is there a way, possibly using exiftool, to quickly search an entire directory or disk of images for a certain exif/XMP/IPTC tag and maybe even give a summary of what the collection contains (...
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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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What is the correct, standard EXIF metadata to add for Rokinon 8mm fisheye lenses?

I own a Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Canon EF Mount. This is a manual lens not electrically connect to the Canon 60D body I use it with. With exiftool I want to add the correct ...
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What metadata can I safely delete without affecting the appearance of an image?

I would like to remove as much metadata as possible from an image without changing its appearance. I have used exiftool -all= image.jpg and it works well most of the time, but quite often the colors ...
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What does the exif ICC profile date mean?

I am trying to determine when a photo was taken with a smart phone. It was sent to me, not taken from facebook. I've viewed the exif data but the only field that even references a date is the ICC ...
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Why is the field of view angle from exiftool different from Apple's official values?

I have two series of photos shot on my iphone 6s on 10.3.2. The first series is in the regular frame, and the second series is in the "square" frame. I'm using exiftool 11.01 on macOS 10.11.6. From ...
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How to use user-provided variables with ExifTool?

I would like to rename my photos using exiftool. This is my desired folder structure: YYYY/ MM/ EVENT/ YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.ext Here is an example script for what I would like to do: echo '...
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What is the proper exif tag to mark a lens as a fisheye?

I'm shooting panoramas with a manual 8mm fisheye lens on my Canon 60D DSLR (APS-C, 1.6x crop factor). Since the camera cannot talk to the lens, the exif data in the pictures is all wrong. I know how ...
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Format for importing keywords into Lightroom from exif

I have my photos on disk and I want to import them into Lightroom. On each photo I have keyword information in the exif and when I import the files in Lightroom I can see the keywords appear in the ...
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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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How can I geotag images with location data in a CSV file?

I have a few folders of .JPG images that I need to geo-tag. I don't have a .GPX file or anything else that will let me use my usual tools (Geosetter or Photo Mechanic) to geotag the images, but I do ...
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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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How to add keywords to lightroom from a textfile (after import)?

I have a fairly large (20,000 photos) catalog. I'm trying to add keywords from the exif data that lightroom doesn't read, for instance any effects (like "pop color") applied to the photo. Using ...
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How to remove EXIF person tags created by Picasa?

I have many photos spread across several folders. Many photos contain EXIF person tags created by Picasa. How can I remove these tags? http://exiftool.sourceforge.net seems to be capable of doing the ...
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How can I copy all meta tags, other than the thumbnail, from a source jpg to a destination jpg?

I just started to use the EXIFTool but can't figure out how to copy all meta info from one file to another without destroying the destination file's thumbnail image. Is there any way to do so ?
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Is there a well-known way to store a taxonomy hierarchy in XMP, IPTC or EXIF?

A client has an image bank with many pictures. They have categorised those pictures in a hierarchy. Now they want to move the pictures to a new image bank and I am asked to put this hierarchy into the ...
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Simple Tool or script to sort in folders and by date RAW images in linux?

I'm taking a lot of RAW photos lately and I need a simple but convenient way to organize them. I saw a lot of tools to sort JPG images using EXIF informations, but none of them actually works with RAW ...
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When sorting into folders does Exiftool modify the image's metadata in any way?

When using Exiftool exiftool "-Directory<DateTimeOriginal" -d "%Y%m%d" in this manner - that is to sort a folder full of images, into subfolders, based on their date of shooting. Does Exiftool ...
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Why do XnView and Exiftool's EXIF orientation tags differ?

While checking an image I noticed that XnView reads its EXIF orientation tag as left-bottom(8) but Exiftool reads it as Rotate 270 CW. Reading a bit on the subject, it seems that left-bottom(8) ...
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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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How to batch identify and keyword bracketed photos?

I would like to batch identify and keyword photos that have been shot with the bracket mode on the Fuji XT2 (although I'm sure this applies to other Fuji cameras) to potentially use in HDRs. When I ...
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How can I copy all metadata, including color profiles, from one jpg to another?

I tried exiftool -tagsFromFile but it seems to skip color profile exif.
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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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Image Viewer With with Exif

Looking for something like windows photo viewer where I can open an image from a folder and page through the images in that folder using next, previous, but also have the EXIF info show up somewhere. ...
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Lightroom: how to insert Lens data to many photos at once?

I'm shooting with a manual Rokinon 8mm Fisheye lens. Photos do not contain data from it, such as aperture and lens maker. Now i'm using the plugin LensTagger to mass batch edit files to add the ...
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Sorting images with exiftool while maintaining current directory structure (kind of)

An example of starting directory structure, \best camping trip ever\ <-parent directory referred below \from my cell phone\ \from my camera\ \Johns camera\ \Cindys camera\ ...
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How do I use exiftool to update Lightroom's Hierarchical Subject?

I thought this would do it: $ exiftool -XMP:HierarchicalSubject="people|Test" Test.jpg 1 image files updated $ exiftool -G -j -n Test.jpg | grep Test "SourceFile": "Test.jpg", "File:FileName"...
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Use DateCreated for DateTaken (CreationTime) on a PNG using ExifTool

I have a load of PNG's that my wife wants to keep that have been captured from our Baby Monitor. The files are named for the date they were captured: yyyymmdd_hhmmss.png Unfortunately there is no ...
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How to extract all metadata from photos in subdirectories?

I have many thousands of images within a folder and its subfolders. Each subfolder contains other subfolders. In Windows, I'm using the command line and the exiftool to extract a few pieces of ...
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Is there a GUI application to quickly geotag photos / run exiftool with multiple parameters?

In my workflow, I typically have a folder with photos taken on a certain date. I need to geotag them (embed GPS coordinates in metadata), the coordinates themselves come from a GPX file or need to be ...
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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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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: ffmpeg -i MVI_5918.MOV -vn -ac 1 MVI_5918_p1_mono.m4a exiftool -...
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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 CreationTime tag to store the date taken information copied from the date ...
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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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Can the date a jpeg was created be wrong -- too early?

I have a set of jpeg photos that, according to the person who gave them to me, were taken in November 2016, of damages to a car that occurred in August 2016. The "created" date in the exif data is in ...
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exiftool does not list GPS location from an iPhone

In Photos, Get Info displays a small map with photo location, so gps data was acquired and recordered. But it is not listed in exiftool output. How can I get latitude/longitude for scripting? ...
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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. exiftool.exe -d %Y-%m-%d_%H%M%%-c.%%e "-filename<${model;}_$CreateDate" -r DIRECTORY Creates: ...
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What does "Unique Id" in Picasa map to in EXIF?

In Picasa, in the Properties List, there is a property labeled "Unique Id". In the Exif spec, there is a field called ImageUniqueId. However, I have tried several Exif libraries/command line tools (...
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