Any photograph in digital format has 2 sections: the properly visible part of the image and its corresponding metadata. The latter are usually “hidden” within the properties of the file, but it is a type of information that is collected in any photograph taken with a DSLR camera or mobile phone. Information that can sometimes contain very significant data on how to see the metadata of a photo.
How to see the metadata of a photo?
Normally when we talk about the metadata of an image we are referring to the EXIF data. These data are basically responsible for collecting the technical information of the image such as the make and model of the camera, the exact date and time of the capture, the type of compression, maximum aperture or even the intensity of the flash, among other characteristics.
However, some devices, such as mobile phones, also allow adding other additional information. Thus, if we have the location service or GPS activated, we can also capture the exact geographical location of the place where the snapshot was taken within the EXIF data.
How to know the GPS location of an image through metadata viewer
Metadata is a type of information that is accessible to anyone who can view an image. Therefore, before happily uploading any photo to Instagram, Facebook and other social networks, it is important that we take into account that we are not only sharing the image in question but also all the EXIF data associated with it. To avoid this, it is advisable to pre-delete the metadata before uploading an image to the network if we really want to preserve our online privacy.
That said, today it is very easy to browse and discover the information that contains the metadata of an image. It is enough to have a copy of the photograph on our PC and review the properties of the file to access all that information and discover the resolution, date or location of the image.
From Android, the thing is not much more complicated. For this, there are free applications such as Photo EXIF Editor, thanks to which we can edit all the metadata of an image, correct them and even delete them. Of course, this also implies knowing the exact geolocation of the place where the photograph was taken.
All we have to do in this case is open the image that we want to consult and take a look at the “Geolocation” section to find out its exact GPS coordinates. As simple as that.
Photo exif editor
Developer: Banana Studio
Although the EXIF metadata viewer of an image may reveal more information than we would like, it can also be of vital importance in police investigations and cases of mysterious disappearances in which this type of data can literally save lives.
Therefore, we must be cautious when we share personal photographs on the Internet, but above all be aware of all the information that comes with the fact of publishing an image online, and accordingly, delete or edit those metadata that we want to keep private.