One of the advantages (or possibly disadvantages) digital cameras offer is the fact that they keep certain data on each photo you take. This data is called “EXIF data” and stands for Exchangeable Image File Format. It includes the time, ISO speed, aperture, lens type, camera model and make, white balance, shutter speed, focal length, copyright information, and more. This can be useful for photographers looking to protect their work with copyright.
The most recent cameras and smartphones have the geotagging ability, where they store the GPS location information of each photo in the respective EXIF file. This screenshot below shows the EXIF data of a random photo I found online. I can see when it was taken, with what device, and with what settings:
Viewing and Removing EXIF Data
Whenever you take a photo with your smartphone or camera, it automatically records EXIF data. Although you can’t stop the data from being gathered in the EXIF file, you have the option of not only seeing it, but also a way to delete some of it. Why edit this data?
- You might not want people to know the GPS coordinates of the place where you took the photo to protect your privacy.
- You may want to add copyright information to your image.
- Removing data will decrease its file size.
Here’s how you can view, remove, and add EXIF data:
Some of the data that is included in the EXIF file can be useful since it shows you the settings of your camera/smartphone that you used to take a certain photo. This can really help you improve your photographer skills by allowing you to keep using the same settings if you have that perfect image.
However, displaying certain data, even on your photos, may not be very wise. The major concern on people’s minds is regarding geolocation. And now you know how you can remove it before releasing all of your information online.