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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How can I rename files to match their EXIF “created date”?

I have around 3000 jpeg photos all with names like "DSC_0596". The metadata has the date the photo was created, which would be much more useful. Is there a way to extract the date from the metadata ...
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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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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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How much metadata do you add to your photos?

In Bridge CS5, I've been updating my photos' metadata and IPTC fields. There are a lot of fields available...How much of them do you typically fill out? I can tell I'd at least want to put in my name, ...
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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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What are the most important EXIF data to display in photo-presentation software?

First of all, let me tell you one thing. I'm not a photographer and know nothing about photography. I'm a programmer making a software program for photographers, and I would like to know what are the ...
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Is there a glossary of camera metadata terms?

I'm trying to learn to interpret my camera's metadata (Exif) tags (if "tags" is the right word) as they appear in Adobe Bridge. I'm seeing some terms I don't understand and I was wondering if there ...
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What photo editing software will keep tags (incl. face/people tags) with the file (EXIF/XMP)?

I am evaluating Photoshop Elements and Lightroom for my photos. I store my photos in the cloud (currently OneDrive) and on a website (currently SmugMug). At the end of every year I like to go ...
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What solution should I use for cataloging photos for private sharing?

I'm seeking a solution for cataloging many thousands of images. Each photo will be tagged and categorized to become searchable by a small group of private people. I've considered any combination with ...
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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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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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Lighroom Conflating distinct Lenses - No model information displayed

I have two distinct models of lenses which are both 50mm f/1.8. I've analyzed example photos from each lens with exiftool and confirmed that the relevant information about the lens data is contained ...
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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 force Lightroom to export metadata for all photos?

I created a temporary catalog for several shoots, but forgot to enable the (IMHO most important and should be enabled by default *shakefist*) check-box in Catalog Settings: Automatically Write Changes ...
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Is there a way to synchronise JPEG metadata into RAW files in Lightroom?

I've shot RAW + JPEG for most of my photos, and have added quite a lot of metadata to the JPEGs using Windows Live Photo Gallery. I've mainly added keywords and people tags (thanks to the new face ...
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Is there a free piece of software that will export metadata for a folder full of images to a table?

I have hundreds of thousands of images in a set of about 50 folders, each of the folders has a varying number of subfolders. I'd like to extract certain pieces of metadata (latitude/longitude, data/...
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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 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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What are some reasons to not display EXIF data when sharing photos online?

I notice that some photographers choose to deliberately omit the information pertaining to how the photo was taken when sharing online. There's a communal value in learning how other folks staged a ...
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Is it possible to make a photo's EXIF look like it was taken with a DSLR?

My teacher doesn't want me to use my mirrorless camera to take pictures, she only wants DSLR. She wants me to rent one (which costs money). I'm obviously not going to do that lol! My mirrorless has a ...
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Is there a way to write a “foreign” image so a Fujifilm X camera will display it?

I have a paranoia about accidentally formatting SD cards which contain photos I haven't uploaded yet. I try to be careful about it, but since I'm sometimes juggling two or three cards, I still get ...
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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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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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Identify date from code on back of printed photo

I am digitizing all of my old family photos and was curious if anyone knew how to interpret this code and figure out the date the photo was taken or printed. Either would be fine: Sample Code #1: ...
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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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What do the global angle and global altitude in the exif info mean?

While the meaning of most of the parameters in the exif info is decipherable, I didn't understand what do these two mean? Also, it would be great if someone can explain how are they measured. For an ...
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Why don't Exif tags contain time zone information?

There's no zone information in the capture timestamp. Why?
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How can the aperture value written in Exif be larger than the nominal limit of the lens?

A photo shot with an 1:1.8 lens contains the following exif data: ApertureValue: 1695994/1000000 MaxApertureValue: 16/10 How is this possible? Both values are <1.8.
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Why does Adobe Photoshop discard certain EXIF fields?

I'm shooting on a Canon EOS 5D. The images that come off the camera have some EXIF data (viewable in Irfanview), such as Camera Serial Number, Firmware Version, File Number, and Camera Temperature. ...
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Is it possible to infer that an image is a photoshop if only one has “Original Transmission Reference” field?

If I have 2 similar images, can it be inferred as evidence that one is a photoshop of another if the first one has EXIF Original Transmission Reference field, while a second one does not? (the ...
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Which exif tag to use to add filter data?

I've started using ND and polarizer filters in my shots. Since I'm learning to use them, I'd like to manually add this info to exif/iptc/xmp metadata of my shots, so later I can find images taken ...
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Where are in camera ratings on the Canon 5D MkIII stored?

The Canon 5D MkIII introduced a new featured that lets you rate images by using a dedicated rear button. I am interested in finding out where in the EXIF data that this rating is stored. I wasn't ...
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Is there any combination of camera, GPS and software which support the GPSDestXYZ exif tags?

As Patrick Kowalzick pointed out in a previous discussion, the EXIF standards since 1998 have included tags to document the destination point of a photograph. Tags include GPSDestLatitude, ...
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image metadata - flash mode values

the 'flash mode' is saved in the image meta-data as a number, what does every value mean in words? How can it be parsed? is their any documentation for this?
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How do I apply my copyright information from XMP automatically with DigiKam?

I have an xmp file with my copyright information provided by the Creative Commons license wizard. How can I configure DigiKam to automatically apply this information to every image I import?
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How is actual focal length greater than focal range of lens?

This image (not shot by me) is shot using 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 lens, but the EXIF shows the focal length to be 302 mm. How is it possible to be shot at a focal length (302 mm) greater than the ...
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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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Can EXIF data be copied completely from one image to another?

My tools are usually Photoshop and EXIF Pilot, and I know how to export to XMP and import, but I was told that the full EXIF does not copy from one image to another. Is this true? This is my EXIF ...
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If EXIF metadata is removed, can I find the software or camera used in any other way?

I have a JPEG photo that has had its EXIF data completely removed. I know the photo was edited. Is there any data left in the altered JPEG that points to image editors or equipment used? For example, ...
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In Lightroom 4, how to apply same title and keywords to multiple photos?

In Lightroom 4, how do I apply the same title and keywords to multiple photos? Alternatively, how do I apply title and keywords of a photo to another set of multiple photos?
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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 clean up keyword hierarchies in Lightroom?

I've been using Lightroom for a few years. At one point I kept keywords in a hierarchy, so I'd have something like: Animals > Birds > Eagles This worked well, I could include the option to export ...
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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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How to add author and other properties to PNG files?

I am on Windows 7 and I can't find how to add the author or any other properties for a PNG file I created. The only thing I can modify is the shooting time which I don't need. Why is this so? You can ...
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Why won't GIMP 2.8 open my long exposure shots?

I'm unable to edit some of my tripod and shutter release shots in GIMP 2.8.10. It only seems to affect the photos taken in bulb (full manual shutter timing) mode, where I have exposure times anywhere ...
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Software for editing EXIF data

Can someone please recommend software that enables editing for exposure mode EXIF data? I have tried with Picasa, but it doesn't support editing of this specific property.
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Is there a software that make it possible to edit all exif values and add new paramerers?

A while ago I had the need to add cutom fields to my exif (some programming staff) I found out that most of the fields are locked and that I cannot add new fields Do you know a software that can 1. ...
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How to remove 'Program Name: Adobe Photoshop' from the metadata?

I've tried all the solutions from here as well as from stackoverflow, the tool mentioned (ExifTool) won't remove the metadata. I'd like to remove all the Photoshop information from my jpeg, leaving ...
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What is Interoperability Index R98?

In the uploaded pictures from my mobile phone, I get a line with the following information: Interoperability Index = R98? What is this Index?
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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 ...