Another one for the photography geeks.
Some of you may have guessed that I enjoy photography just a little bit. You may have deduced that from all the photography related links I share on Fridays. Or possibly because I tell you am obsessed by it virtually every chance I get. Either way, it’s true. I find myself staring into portraits of people in magazines trying to figure out the lighting setup based on the reflections in their eyes. When I see a photo I like on Flickr, I usually check the EXIF data, if it’s available, to get some idea about how the photographer made it. The EXIF data is far from the whole story, but, at least, it gives me some idea how the photographer was setting the camera to get the light and depth-of-field that they did.
Well, recently, I was reading an entry on Chase Jarvis’ blog challenging his readers to reverse engineer one of his photos.
I kind of love those sorts of things, to be honest. But, what was cool about this one was that someone in the comments pointed to a website that automagically pulled the EXIF information from the photo! How cool is that!?
The site is called Jeffrey’s EXIF Viewer. And you can use it to pull EXIF information from either a photo on your hard drive or that you find on-line somewhere. I haven’t actually tried it on Flickr for people who don’t upload the EXIF data, but I’m sure I will be in the near future. In any case, it’s free, outside of some advertising, and it’s pretty cool. (Also, for the hard-core tech geeks like me, I’ll note that it looks like it was programmed in Perl, which is my favorite programming language.)
So, go forth, find photos and check them against the EXIF data to see if you can guess the photographer’s settings!
And, enjoy your Friday!