How to View EXIF Data of Any Picture in Photos for Mac
The Photos app for Mac allows users to quickly see EXIF metadata of any image contained within the applications library. For those who aren’t familiar, EXIF data is raw information about the picture file, containing details about the camera and settings used to take the picture, the aperture, ISO, shutter speed, and you’ll also find the date and time the picture was taken, as well as being able to see the file name, file type, file size, and resolution of a chosen image. For pictures taken with iPhone, you’ll even be able to tell if the image was taken with the iPhones front or back camera. And with pictures that have GPS location access from an iPhone or Android, you may even find the location a photo was taken as well.
Viewing the additional technical EXIF details of any image in Photos app for Mac is really easy, you can do this from the general thumbnail view of Photos, Albums, Projects, or Shared images, or you can get to the EXIF data right from an open picture:
- Right-click (or Control+click) on any picture in the Photos app and choose “Get Info”
Yup it’s that easy. You’ll immediately see a little pop-up window appear in Photos app with the details of the picture in the following order: image file name, date and time image was taken, camera type, camera aperture setting, photo resolution and image file size, image file type, ISO setting, f-stop aperture, and shutter speed.
This “Get Info” window also allows users to provide additional details about pictures by adding a title to the picture that won’t override the file name (for example, “IMG_3839.JPG” isn’t too informative, but “Shasta Water Reflections” is a bit more meaningful), a description, and even keywords that you can search on your own. Finally, you can also add or tag faces to photos if you want to search images that way and they weren’t’ detected automatically by the Photos app.
While having EXIF data available to the local user is nice, not everyone wants EXIF data to be included in pictures they share online, particularly if they contain location information. For that reason, many photographers like to strip EXIF data from their images, something which is quite easy to do with the help of a separate Mac app. Another option is to disable location data on the iPhone Camera completely, which would prevent the user from having to remove that data or worry about it to begin with, but doing so would prevent some of the kind of fun features like being able to tell exactly where a picture was taken, something that can be done with Photos app and Preview in OS X.