Show me the EXIF

As my interest in photography grows, I find myself looking at other photographer’s captures online quite often, looking for inspiration for my own photographs. However, in this day and age of digital post-processing, it is often difficult to distinguish what was captured in-camera and what was adjusted in post-processing. Without knowing exactly what was done to a capture in post-processing, it is often difficult to replicate the techniques seen in various photographs.

My efforts to find out more information about each digital photograph led me to a great little online tool called Jeffrey’s Exif viewer. Simply put, this tool allows you to view the EXIF data of any photograph located online if the file contains such data. There are plenty of photographs online that contain minimal EXIF data. However, there are plenty that show a ton of information.

EXIF data often contains a lot of useful information when it is available. At its basic level, you can view what camera/lens was used for the photograph as well as the focal length, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You can also view adjustments setting for all sorts of variables adjusted during post-processing such as white balance, exposure compensation, sharpness adjustments, hue, saturation, etc.

I have to admit that there is a ton of information often contained in a photographs EXIF data that I do not understand yet. However, this does not stop me from reviewing the data and trying to make sense of it. And I have found this online tool very useful in trying to understand what is capable in-camera , what equipment was used and what adjustments need to be made during post-processing. Perhaps others will find this data useful in their own learning experience. Enjoy!