In the film days, the closest we got to EXIF data was the name of the film and it’s ISO embedded into the side of the film roll. Digital images go somewhat more than skin deep. Beyond the visual delights that they bring us, embedded deep inside all those 0 and 1s is a wealth of information as diverse as what lens was used and what color space the image was captured in. This information can be highly useful in post production and in keywording. For example, if you wanted to find all your images taken at a particular focal length you can search for this in an image management program such as Lightroom or Aperture. Quickly whilst on the subject of image management, if you're thinking about taking your post processing a little more seriously, then a great course to jump on board with is this from Photzy: Understanding Post Processing, Video Course. Be well equipped and truly understand the powers of your digital editing software… Without further ado, we are now going to take a look at just what information is buried deep inside your images.
How Can I Find The Exif Data?
Most recent editing and image management software has an easy way to access the EXIF data. In Lightroom, it is found in the Library Module at the bottom of the right side panel. At the bottom, you will see a tab for Metadata. This is set to default but by clicking on the drop-down box, you can select EXIF. In Photoshop, it is found from the menu File – File Info and clicking on Camera Data. Different programs show different amounts of the EXIF data but there are also apps and browser plugins that can show the full range of embedded data.
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