Hiding EXIF info - so irritated!

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Armanius, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    I get so irritated when I'm on Flickr (or other photo websites), and photographers hide the EXIF info.

    Being the gear head, all I want to know is what camera and/or lens was used. Plus, sometimes I also want to know the focal length, f-stop, and ISO.

    Are photography trade secrets or professional careers going to get ruined simply because the most basic EXIF info is out in the open??

    I also don't like it when people load up photos that are 512 pixels in size. Good grief, if you want people to look at your photos, don't make them have to squint! At least give me a 1024 pixels photo!

    End rant.
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  2. Ranger Rick

    Ranger Rick Regular

    Mar 12, 2012
    Tempe, AZ
    Agree, it's nice to be able to confirm impressions about focal length, etc. No idea why it's hidden, since the NSA already have it :)
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  3. serhan

    serhan All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    +1. That is why I kept w/ pbase though they are not what they used to be eg they don't update their gear database that often and the storage limits are not very good compared to competition...
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  4. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    I think some software automatically strips (or fails to transfer) EXIF.

    Some people believe their photos are special, hence stripping EXIF, small pics, large watermarks.
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  5. christilou

    christilou Legend

    Jul 13, 2010
    Sunny Frimley
    I agree, it seems a little snooty somehow!
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  6. staticantics

    staticantics Regular

    Oct 15, 2013
    Central California
    Why would one hide EXIF data?

    Some people think it doesn't add to the purpose of sharing an image. Some people are paranoid that you might be able to find them with EXIF data. Or they simply want to irritate gear heads.

    In truth, EXIF data can protect you from copyright infringement -- when lifted by people who don't know how to strip it when reposting it. That embedded copyright is an awesome tool to tracking down your images and enforcing copyright.

    There are three likely scenarios at work for hidden EXIF.

    1) The user is are expotrting from programs that don't keep the EXIF data intact. Older versions of photoshop, for example, if you were to "save as... jpg" and didn't select the retain exif data -- it would be erased. Other mobile software often strips exif data.

    2) The user doesn't know what EXIF data is, and is blissfully unaware that it is hidden.

    3) The user is choosing to hide EXIF data
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  7. entropic remnants

    entropic remnants Hall of Famer

    Mar 3, 2013
    John Griggs
    I never do it. I'll tell you everything I do -- and you still won't get "my" pictures because you didn't take them, lol.

    Although technique does involve an approach of some kind to exposure, it's really very, very little of what makes a photo good to great. I see absolutely NO reason to hide it.
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  8. TraamisVOS

    TraamisVOS Hall of Famer

    Nov 29, 2010
    Melboune, Australia
    I hide my EXIF data on Flickr mainly because when I take photos with my Leica M8.2 it doesn't record f/stops because of the manual non-Leica lenses. For some reason the camera records its own f/stop settings which are sometimes very different to what it actually is.
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  9. Ray Sachs

    Ray Sachs Legend

    Sep 21, 2010
    Not too far from Philly
    you should be able to figure it out...
    I show my exif on Flickr but I've gone through periods when I've hid it as well. Not being snooty (intentionally anyway), but there have been times when I got so sick of the level of gear obsession I just wanted people to look at the photography rather than checking the gear I was shooting with. Led to some funny stuff - like the Canon S90 Landscape that a couple of folks complimented as a shot I obviously took with the Fuji X-Pro and a testament to the fine IQ of the Fuji. Except that the date still showed and the photograph was obviously taken nearly two years before the X-Pro had been released.

    These days I tend to leave it in, but I'll probably take it out again for a spell at some point...

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  10. It does, Snapseed, for example. We all love it but don't expect to find your EXIF info intact.
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  11. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    excellent, I've decided on the basis of this thread to hide all my EXIF data from now on
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  12. Mine go through my blogger account and has no EXIF.
  13. Minniesmum

    Minniesmum Regular

    Jan 23, 2012
    I don't hide mine but then I use a lot of old glass/manual focus so the only exif data on Flickr is/are the camera settings and not the lens- which I usually write on the description anyway. It can be annoying when peeps hide theirs as I get a lot of ideas/inspiration from other people's images, but I respect the right to hide it for whatever the reasons.
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  14. Yeats

    Yeats All-Pro

    Jul 31, 2012
    New Jersey, USA
    Whenever I post images here with an unusual lens, I try to remember to note that in my post, as well as the f-stop, in the event someone is curious.