Questions tagged [metadata]

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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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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Suspect photograph timestamp data has been altered

I received photographs over email from a client which I suspect were taken in 2022 but the client insists are from 2021. I looked at the metadata, filenames, and date modified timestamps to look for ...
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How do these modern multi-lens/multi-sensor smartphones work?

My last smartphone just had one front lens, so I could understand. My current phone has three front lenses (and three sensors, too, I guess), so I was a bit surprised, that I had zero control over the ...
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How to update XMP metadata in paired JPGs in Lightroom?

Background: In my catalog, many photos that were imported as RAW+JPG. Note that I obscure JPGs in Library View (the default) to simplify my workflow. In order to export my Lightroom keywords, I have ...
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Incorrect exif orientation on Canon 80D/60D when upside down/180 degrees?

The EXIF orientation tag can hold 8 values for the orientation of the camera. One of the tag values 3, indicating that the camera was turned 180 degrees, i.e. held upside down. However when I take a ...
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What's the best software for reading and writing image tags to and from image meta data fields?

I have millions of images that have had image tags assigned to them by various cv-api's my plan is to generate a data file, that will associate the image file names with the data captured so that I ...
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Migrating away from Picasa - "Write faces to XMP" changes the hashes of images

I want to migrate from Picasa (to digiKam) and to export the face tags. I tried the experimental feature of writing faces to XMP, and noticed it changes the SHA256 hashes of the files, which I want to ...
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Lightroom: read metadata of files based on a list containing full-paths-filenames

Is there a way in Lightroom to force update (read) metadata of image-files according to a list consisting of full-paths/filenames only? That list contains the full paths to the files to be updated, ...
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What is the term write time referring to?

Date time taken, and date time digitized are the same. Write time is one hour prior. What does that mean? Photo was analyzed on opanda.
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Is there any photography website where I could find photos based on exposure time, focal length, ISO...?

I was wondering if there is a site where I could filter photos that were shot, for example, with a certain exposure time and few other conditions. Is there any photography website where I could filter ...
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Where are Samsung's "Gallery" app's automatic "tags" stored and how can they be used downstream (i.e. in non-Android photo mgmt / dam software)?

Samsung's "Gallery" does a fantastic job at automatically / on its own assigning "tags" to photos, making it easy to find photos with certain keywords (e.g. "sunset" or &...
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Copy DNG/XMP metadata

Years ago I scanned about 1000 negative photos. Now I have purchased a new negative scanner and rescanned all of my negatives. Is there any way to copy metadata from the old DNG/XMP files to the new ...
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How can I automatically add location from GPS log on my smartphone to SLR taken images?

What software is best for adding gps data to photos from gps log i run on my android device? I want to do as little manual labor as possible preferrably software does it all for me. Look at photo ...
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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 wondering if it could be Lat/Long data? ...
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What metadata fields are shown in the MacOS Preview Inspector TIFF tab?

If I view a jpg in the MacOS Preview app, I can use Tools>Show Inspector to bring up a More Info window. Its info tab (ⓘ) has four sub-tabs: General, Exif, IPTC, and TIFF. The General tab shows ...
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How to calculate object position (lat, long) given exif GPS location of camera phone?

Probably this question was asked, but I couldn't find solution to my problem. I have an image with exif GPS location (which is position of the camera) as well as elevation above sea level. How can I ...
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raw files don't contain EXIF but their JPEG do (Fujifilm X100S)

for many years I shoot with my Fujifilm X100S in both RAW+JPEG format. I just noticed that the RAW files don't contain any EXIF data, but their JPEG counterparties. (Don't know why, I should check the ...
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set EXIF date from filename (uncommon formats)

I have a bunch of old photos that uses weird naming convention..like: dd-mm-yy_HHMM yyyy-mm-dd HH.MM.SS yyyymmdd_HHMMSS and no "Date taken" field on the EXIF infos. Also, creation date is ...
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How should I store "description" metadata for maximum consistency, visibility, and portability?

I’m embarking on a project to scan our family’s old collection of slides. My plan had been to write descriptive information about each slide (e.g., when/where/why it was taken, who's in it, etc.) to ...
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LG phone camera. How to interpret this EXIF User Comment metadata? "0 FM0 CR0 Prmid2 mxDrkA..."

What do the following numbers and abbreviations mean? Photos taken with LG phone cameras tend to have information like this in the "User Comment" metadata: 0 FM0 CR0 Prmid2 mxDrkA2.07 ...
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How does google photos get timezone and can I change it?

I started using google photos awhile ago to archive my vacation photos. Sometimes I want to change the order of the photos and would simply rename them BUT I also found google photos actually displays ...
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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 YYYY/YYYY-MM-DD Description/Filename.jpg, e.g. 2020/2020-12-31 New ...
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What is the best way to align several sets of photos metadata?

For reasons, I do not know or understand, our wedding photographers photos don't have the correct data in the EXIF data. I guess this could have been due to editing, I don't really know. They used ...
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Should I fix an image orientation when creating a thumbnail?

I am a programmer, and I made an app for sharing images. I will not say the app's name because this is a genuine question, not a way to promote the app. People are starting to use my app, and I have ...
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In LightRoom Classic how can I filter all photos which are part of a stack, but not on top of a stack?

For use in other tools I want to write in Lightroom Classic to a photo's keywords if a photo is part of a stack, but not on top of a stack. For this the easiest would be to create filter which shows ...
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Jpg thumbnail showing larger than the original picture

I recently downloaded a picture from LinkedIn, and something really weird happens with it. Let me just state before that I can't show you the author asked me don't show it. So, if I do "read ...
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How to add "HDR" to EXIF in Lightroom Classic?

Is there a way to add the fact that an image was crated using HDR to a photo's EXIF data in Lightroom Classic?
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Change EXIF format in Lightroom Classic

I noticed Lightroom Classic outputs the Exposure Time in the EXIF data as 0.0025 instead of 1/400. Is there anyway I can change the format?
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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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Corrupted Date Taken

Some of my older images are showing Date Taken later than the actual date that the camera took the image. The EXIF data shows the correct Date Taken in the field APP12::PictureInfo\TimeDate\...
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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 my-image.jpg, I can see this property in nomacs and Thunar (...
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What's the best format for pictures in order to have the most metadata?

Working with a smartphone, I've seen that JPEG shows a lot of information in the EXIF, where PNG not as much. However JPEG does some compression on the image which I'd like to avoid if not necessary ...
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How can I infer parameters such as distance from metadata?

Is it possible and how can I infer a parameter like the distance or the illumination from the chart, by looking at the metadata of the picture ? To give some context, I am working on a chart with ...
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Cannot read GPS position from photo

I cannot get GPS position from this photo exiftool show: | 8) GPSInfo (SubDirectory) --> | - Tag 0x8825 (4 bytes, int32u[1]): | 007e: 00 00 15 fe ...
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How to check if a photo is edited (even basic edits like exposure and white balance)?

A competition I want to participate in demands that they want unedited photos. The submission should not even have basic edits like brightness, saturation, white balance etc They claim they'll check ...
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How do I Include IPTC metadata for rights usage terms in a JPEG exported from Lightroom?

I have a metadata preset I created in Lightroom which I use to import JPG files from my camera. In this preset, I provide a text value for the "Rights Usage Terms" attribute in the metadata. ...
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How to delete all metadata from all JPEG files in folder using ImageMagick? [duplicate]

I have many JPEG files in folder D:\folder. I want to delete all metadata from all JPEG files in this folder. I used ImageMagick. I made: magick mogrify -strip "D:\folder\*" Am I right?
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Suggestions on how to create a printout for capturing metadata?

I'd like to print a collection of digital images in a way that would make it easy for someone to manually annotate metadata (people, locations and events). I've scanned a large number of old family ...
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Is there a standard convention for indicating precision in jpeg metadata timestamps?

Exif timestamps have a format of "YYYY:MM:DD HH:MM:SS", possibly with a timezone at the end. Is there a general convention for how to handle these timestamps when the known precision is less ...
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Metadata: UserComment, ImageDescription, Description; what's their purpose?

$ exiftool test.jpeg | grep 'This is' Image Description : This is the 'ImageDescription'. User Comment : This is the 'UserComment'. Description : ...
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Why shouldn't raw files be rotated?

When I attempt to rotate a CR2 file in Photo Viewer, a message appears: That didn't work, RAW files don't rotate. Select edit to rotate and save it as a different file type. There are many tips to ...
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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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How to store the back of a photo in metadata?

I am scanning old family photos. Any suggestions/best practice for storing the information written on the back of photos? When it's a name or location, for example, there are metadata tags, but often ...
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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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Retrieving the original date of a .JPG

I know a similar question was posted here before - which I will provide a link for below - but despite that, the exiftool.exe in the thread could not really retrieve the original date. The file in ...
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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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Is there a common subset of exif metadata tags for scanned photographs?

I've recently been scanning a collection of photographs into jpeg files. I know how to use tools such as exiftool to examine and change metadata tags. But while I'm easily able to learn the technical ...
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How can I rename a large set of photos using their modified date?

My problem is a little bit different from the other that I've seen here. The thing is that I have for example: DSCF0001, DSCF0002 and so on, as filenames with modified dates 2020/01/01 , 2020/01/02 (...
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How to efficiently stop metadata being in my photos?

For privacy reasons, I would like to ensure that any photos I publish do not have any metadata in them. At the moment, I'm deleting the EXIF data via copy-and-paste in Photoshop, which is a very ...

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