What is EXIF Data?

EXIF is short for Exchangeable Image File. When cameras capture an image, they record parameters such as the creation date, exposure information, camera type, and sometimes even geo-location to the image file.

It’s important to understand that EXIF is much more than just the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO of your image. While you might use those the most when looking at EXIF data, EXIF encompasses much more. Here is a list of parameters that EXIF contains.

EXIF Parameters

  • Shutter Speed

  • Aperture

  • ISO

  • Camera model, manufacturer, and serial number

  • Lens model, manufacturer, and serial number

  • Focal length

  • White balance

  • Metering settings

  • Flash settings

  • Image resolution

  • Color space

  • Date and time

  • Post-processing adjustments

  • GPS coordinates

Understanding EXIF is essential in becoming a better photographer. You can use it to your advantage, but it is also a risk regarding privacy.