EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image File Format and is a standard for storing metadata in image files taken by digital cameras and smartphones. This metadata can include a wide range of information such as the camera model, lens type, exposure settings, date and time the photograph was taken, GPS coordinates, and more.
View the EXIF Data of my photograph taken in the Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela – using this service, https://exifinfo.org, it’s possible to see the data embedded on this image. It’s also useful to check before you post a picture online, to see for yourself what metadata you’re also sharing…
EXIF data is useful when organising, sorting, and editing photographs and checking the exposure settings used to capture a particular picture. Some image editing software and online services can also read and use EXIF data to automatically enhance or correct images. However, always check that you’ve removed the location/GPS data from a picture so you don’t inadvertently share location information and compromise your privacy when sharing online.
Tip: If you have GPS data that you want stripped out of the EXIF data, then use this free online tool that compresses your images, removing EXIF data at the same time: https://imagecompressor.com
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