“Cruise Ship Sunset” by Ed Krimen
EXIF stands for “Exchangeable Image File Format”. It’s a technical standard for storing information about each photo that you take with your digital camera. EXIF information is automatically captured in each photo file when you take each picture, and includes the date and time the photo was taken, the manufacturer and model name of the camera taking the picture, as well as a plethora of other useful information about your camera’s aperture setting, shutter speed, focal length, metering mode, and ISO speed.
“Whew, that’s a lot of technical information,” you say. Well, the good news is that it’s really easy to automatically display this information in your Photobird photo albums. Also, it’s easy to choose to display the EXIF information on some albums and not show it on others.
First, take a look at the above picture on its photo page on Photobird.com. In the bottom right corner of the page, you’ll see Camera and Exposure information. This photo album has been set to display “Short” EXIF data, which is really just a summary of the key EXIF information found in the photo file. Click on the data in either the Camera or Exposure fields to see the larger list of EXIF data that we have for the photo. As mentioned above, all of this information is available to you automatically whenever you add a photo that has the EXIF information to a Photobird album; you don’t need to do anything except decide whether you want to display it and what level of detail you want to display.
To change your EXIF settings for one of your Photobird photo albums, simply go to the album and follow these three simple steps:
- Click on the “Edit Album Options” button.
- Under the “Display EXIF photo information” setting, choose which option you’d like from the following: No, Short, Long, or use the same setting as the photo album that this album resides in.
- Click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom of the page.
That’s it! Your changes will be visible right away.
“What’s the difference between each of these options,” you ask?
- The “No” setting doesn’t display the EXIF information, obviously. Use this setting if you want a minimal amount of text under your photo.
- “Short” only shows the camera model, manufacturer, and exposure details for the photo. Visitors can click those details to show the EXIF data displayed with the “Long” option.
- “Long” shows an extra set of EXIF data fields, including “Original Size”, “White Balance”, “Metering Mode”, “Brightness”, “Sharpness” and “Color Space”.
- “Same as…” allows you to use the same setting as the photo album that this album resides in. This is useful if you want all or some of the albums within an album to use the same setting. If you have 50 albums, for example, you won’t need to go through all 50 albums to change this setting. Just set it once and the other albums will follow automatically and immediately. Then, let’s say you would like only a small number of albums to have a different setting: you can go to those specific albums and change their settings directly.
Note that some image editing programs remove the EXIF data when they save the JPEG photo file. If you’re having problems viewing the EXIF data in your images and you’re resizing, correcting, or editing your photos with an image editing program before adding them to your Photobird photo album, please verify with the manufacturer of the image editing program that it saves EXIF data correctly.
If you have any questions about this feature or any other features on Photobird.com, please let us know in the forums or in the comments.