Become a Better Photographer by Reading the EXIF Data of Photos
See a photo that you like? Want to know the equipment and setting(s) used to capture a particular photo? Try reading the photos EXIF data and study it to further improve your photography skills. EXIF data is embedded in most photos that you see today, especially if they were taken using a digital device (DLSR, Digicam, Camera Phones, Etc.).
If you have Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, or Bridge, you can use those to read the EXIF data. You can also start at Deviant art. They usually publish the EXIF data of the submitted photos. Recently, Google just announced that they’ll be adding EXIF data to Google Image Search.
Google’s image search engine started to show additional information about photos after clicking the results. The landing page’s sidebar includes EXIF data: camera, settings, focal length, flash usage and exposure bias.
By reading the EXIF data, you’ll be able to know which kind of lens was used in a photo. You can also learn the shutter speed, ISO, aperture and even the type of camera that the photographer used in a particular photo. You can learn all these and a whole lot more.
This is a great way of learning from the masters if you are a novice photographer. Even pros are using this method in finding out how a particular photo was taken and what settings are used by other photographers. You can try the settings that are used by other photographers and experiment with your own. This will also help you identify the difference in using different types of settings versus the brand of equipment. Even if you use the same settings that you learned using EXIF data, the result may vary depending on the equipment you use. Let the EXIF data be your guide in becoming a better photographer.
Learn more about EXIF data at [How to Geek]
Photo Credit [Casualeye]