Did you know that your images contain a whole host of information that you may not even be seeing? The header information in your photos contain something called EXIF data. While most of us know how to get things like our shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and perhaps even the camera body, there’s so much more that can be pulled in with the right software.
That software is a plugin that Jeffrey Friedl makes called Metadata EXIF Viewer, which you can download for free from his website at the link provided. It’s based on an EXIF tool Perl script from Phil Harvey, which he links to here. It’s just like any other Lightroom plugin as far as installation goes – download the compressed file,decompress, and then copy the folder to where ever you save plugins for Lightroom and you’re set.
Then, after installation, highlight the image you want to get extended info for, and click on File, Plugin Manager Extras, and select the plugin:
Once a short CGI script runs (that’s the Perl program for you programming types), you’ll be presented with a laundry list of more info than you likely ever wanted to know about your photos. All this, just from the header info! Check it out:
Like I said, a veritable fountain of info…and this is just from one photo! The question of course becomes one of “What do I do with all of this?” Excellent question! In the interests of full disclosure, more data isn’t always a good thing, and for many of the fields, there’s often no data reported. Nevertheless, there are times (albeit not everyday occurences), where being able to access everything can be helpful.
Take a minute to stop over at Jeffrey’s website and try the plugin. (If you want to register it, you do need to make a donation of at least one penny, otherwise it’s free to use for 30 days. I gave $2.00)
Got your own neat little add-ons, plugins, or tools that you use in your workflow too? Feel free to sound off with your input in the comment section! Until next time, happy shooting!