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Analyzing a photo file to retrieve any saved file information

Posted on 2012-08-11
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Last Modified: 2012-09-01
Hi I was wondering if anyone knows of any software to analyze a photo  file (.jpg) and show advanced information about the file (such as date the photo was taken, the type of device it was taken from, the name of the computer it was last modified on, etc)?. I know how you right click the photo > properties >summary and look at that chart but that has very limited info and many times it is blank. So just wondering if there is any more advanced software a photo can be ran with to retrieve any additional info?
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by:Dave Baldwin
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I use Irfanview http://www.irfanview.com/ .  It let's you look at an IPTC or EXIF headers that a JPEG has.  Most of the images I have don't have any extra info.  The ones I took my self have the camera info in the EXIF header.
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Michael-Best earned 332 total points
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PhotoME is a powerful tool to show and edit the meta data of image files.
Its free software.

Depending on the camera the amount of info. stored in the meta data will differ.

Hpe ths hlps.
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by:Paul Sauvé
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You can use Microsoft Pro Photo Tools 2
Microsoft Pro Photo Tools provides a set of tools for photographers to perform various tasks with their images including RAW captures. The current version enables you to quickly geotag your photos, view and edit metadata, and more, leveraging the power of Windows and Microsoft Live Local.
It can be downloaded from CNet Download.com. Pro Photo Tools also allows you to add missing information to images.
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asirkia earned 332 total points
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right click the photo > properties >summary has all the info available. You can use Photoshop for example but you will get the same info. If iti is blank it's because the software used to save that info didn't copy all the info.
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BillDL earned 336 total points
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Merete earned 332 total points
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If you rightclick it then go to Details scroll down to the bottom
No tool will tell you much more than the date created and date modified
as that information is based on the computer it is copied to how much has been altered since the source.
in refs to>
(such as date the photo was taken,<< yes
 the type of device it was taken from,<< no once it is a jpeg that is a standard not specific to a certain camera.
>> the name of the computer it was last modified on, etc)<< no as that information is stored in the windows it was created on only.
A Jpeg does not usually retain that much metadata unless it was original inserted when the photo was taken on that particular camera.
Such as this  Droid linked by our dear BillDL.
In my humble opinion.
But test it out. Try different photos off a USB stick  or a USB hard drive, from an email..and see if you can find which computer it came from, what camera was used.

Regards Merete

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Thank you hydrive1902

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