Week 27

Week 27The keen and eagle eyed amongst you will have already taken the time to click through and marvel at the meta data on this analogue photo.

You can marvel away thanks to an ingenious little app called simply exif4film.

I’ve tried all sorts of approaches to recording the data that goes along with a shot – everything from aperture and shutter speed to the light conditions and how I metered it on voice recorders or using an old school notebook and pen. At some point I probably tapped the data into a note pad app on my smartphone. But then there’s the problem of getting the data from the recording device into the image Exif. The best tool for this is called appropriately enough ExifTool. It’s simple and direct but you have to be comfortable typing in commands (using the command line) and let’s face it, most of us prefer to drag and drop, copy and paste, and browse. You can do that with a helper called ExifToolGUI, which always worked pretty nicely. But still it’s an extra step and involves adding the data line by line. Which can take so long it leaves little time to lounge around barefoot sipping on a G&T.

Enter Exif4film coming to the rescue. It’s a smartphone app that you can take everywhere you go. All you need to do is set up some preferences at the start – which camera and lenses you use and then load a roll of film into the app. This keeps track of all the camera and lens data and as you take each shot all you need to do is add  the aperture and shutter speed. As a bonus, you can save the location, a description and even take a snap on your phone to remind you of what you shot. It’s easy enough to back up the data to your laptop and once the business of developing and scanning is done all you need to do is use the desktop app to match the Exif to your scans.

Which leaves plenty of time to lounge around in the garden barefoot with a G&T.

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4 comments

    • mostlymonochrome – Why did you stop? I only started again because I needed to know the dates for this project. And it’s useful to know which lens I’ve used, but I’m not sure how much I need the rest.

      Greg, I’ve probably used poetic licence just a wee bit.

  1. Hi Debra. Thanks for the follow on my blog. Have loved looking at your pictures. Exif2Film sounds great – now all I have to do is get a smart phone! Seriously, it’s the first motivation I’ve had to do that.

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