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Checking the EXIF Data

Checking the EXIF Data

Previously, I discussed the uses of a Histogram in digital photography. Therefore, it makes sense to start talking about another valuable technique in digital cameras; “Checking the EXIF Data.”

In the old days, the film photography era, new photographers, used to carry a notebook and a pencil around to make notes about the camera settings, such as shutter speed and aperture. Just like those notes, digital cameras record all data, including shutter speed, aperture. etc., in a unique format. This recorded information is called EXIF Data.

The Benefits of the EXIF Data 

The EXIF Data is very crucial for photographers, especially for beginners. Photographers can find all sorts of useful information about the photo in the EXIF Data; shutter speed, aperture, ISO, Metering mode, and much more.

EXIF File

Exif file
Exif files store valuable information.

As you can see in the above picture, checking the EXIF Data provides valuable information for a photographer; everything from camera settings all the way to file format, date and time, etc.

However, in many cameras, the EXIF Data is disabled by default. Therefore, you need to activate it first. Refer to your camera instruction manual to learn how to enable the EXIF Data. Alternatively, contact us, and we will help you to set the EXIF Data.

How Checking EXIF Data assist new photographers

Generally speaking, we learn new skills by practicing and gathering more information. Therefore, EXIF Data is a valuable resource for photographers. By checking the EXIF Data, photographers can learn from their mistakes so that they can avoid the same mistake again.

When I checked the image above and noticed that there is a slight camera shake blur present in the photo; viewing the EXIF Data show what went wrong.

As you can see in the above photo, the EXIF Data shows that the shutter speed was quite slow and the aperture was unnecessarily high for a typical picture like this one. Lesson learned! 

Here is another example of how checking the EXIF Data can improve photographers’ skills.

I was trying to capture a photo that shows the movement in the plane propeller. So, I should have used a slower shutter speed; however, my camera was in Aperture Priority. Therefore, I didn’t have any control over shutter speed; as the camera selects shutter speed in this shooting mode.

Checking EXIF DATA

Checking EXIF Data
Checking the Exif Data, revealed that I used a wrong exposure mode!

Do you want to learn more?

These are just a few examples of how checking the EXIF Data improves photographers’ skills. There are many more applications for using EXIF Data, which I will post more articles about them.

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