Old 04-16-2010, 01:11 AM   #1
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Default List all the great reasons you hide EXIF info!

I list my EXIF info but I can think of a bunch of great reasons not to:

1) You don't know how or clicked the wrong default.
2) You don't want to share your info - you worked hard to get where you
are today, let everyone else figure it out by themselves!
3) You went to a location 3 times before you figured out when the best time
of the day to shoot was - again, figure it out yourselves!
4) My EXIF function on my camera is busted.
5) You don't want anyone to realize your sunset shot was at 2 PM.
6) You don't want anyone checking up on your pan shot.
7) Your Mom said never to share your EXIF info with strangers.
You don't want your wife to know where you were at 5 PM Saturday.
9) You are trying to conserve space on the world wide web.
10) Just because!

What are your great reasons?

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Old 04-16-2010, 01:33 AM   #2
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Here's my reason.

I use Raw Therapee to do full size file editing for levels, s/h, cropping, leveling, etc. I save as a .tiff. I then open the full size edited .tiff with IRfanview to resize, sharpen, and do slight adjustments as needed. Then I save as .jpeg. Even though I have each program set to save exif data, it still gets lost. Now if I use one program or the other exclusively on a shot, the data stays.

That's why I got into a habit of posting the most important data in my comments on my night shots. I'm not trying to hide anything. Email me if you want the full list of data from any of my shots.

So in conclusion. I'm cheap, I use free programs, and I couldn't care less if the exif doesn't go along for the editing ride.

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Old 04-16-2010, 04:58 AM   #3
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There is no logical reason to intentionally hide EXIF data.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:01 AM   #4
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11.) You called in to work sick, then went out railfanning.
12.) You're too lazy to "Save As."
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Old 04-16-2010, 12:39 PM   #5
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My editor strips it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 05:57 PM   #6
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11.) You called in to work sick, then went out railfanning.
That would be it!

How come all my pictures are taken on a Saturday?
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Old 04-16-2010, 06:28 PM   #7
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13.) Protect an employee who gave you access to get a rare photograph.
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13.) Protect an employee who gave you access to get a rare photograph.
As Hans Landa (Christoph Waltz) said, "That's a bingo!"
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I show all of mine, But Tiff's only show camera make? hell who knows.
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In my opinion, I only hide my EXIF data, for my old shots I took with the camera in auto mode! I don't need the world to know that I have the photographic smarts of a monkey!
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14) Glen Beck told me to only reveal the number of people living in my house, and no other information.
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Old 04-18-2010, 03:47 AM   #12
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Let me append my question:

List all the wonderful reasons you hide the EXIF info on every photo you've ever posted on RP.

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Old 04-18-2010, 04:37 AM   #13
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Let me append my question:

List all the wonderful reasons you hide the EXIF info on every photo you've ever posted on RP.

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Ah. I'll start!

1. - To tick you off.



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Let me append my question:

List all the wonderful reasons you hide the EXIF info on every photo you've ever posted on RP.

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11.) You called in to work sick, then went out railfanning.
At a previous place of employment where they understood the need for "mental off days," I called in, then went to work the next day and sat down with my boss and told him of all the cool shots I got the day before. At a later place of employment, they weren't as understanding. Thus, the one or two shots of mine myseriously with no EXIF data in the database.

My current boss and I have only touched on photography once or twice, but he told me he never goes anywhere without his Canon XT.
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There is no logical reason to intentionally hide EXIF data.
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11.) You called in to work sick, then went out railfanning.


Forgot about that one.
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When I photographed trains in the 1960s, I didn't make notes on what settings I used on my camera, or what kind of film I was shooting at that moment. There was no way of knowing what brand of chemicals were used for the processing of the film, or making the prints or transparencies (likely Kodak though...).

Sure, there's no "logical" reason for not sharing the data....but I don't (There's no logical reason I'm writing these words on this forum either...but I guess it's just something to do this morning. ). Neither do I share my waste size, credit card info, Social Security number, medical records or political preferences. If you enjoy an image I post....that's great. If not, then I certainly understand. In any event, I decided to stop posting the EXIF data several months ago.

I've seen too many folks (on this forum) make absurd judgments on particular images by reading too much into EXIF data. It just ruins the experience of enjoying an image----by turning it into more techno-babble. I'd rather have the purity of the experience rather than a debate over my ISO setting or shutter speed.

Photography should not be about numbers....it should be about whether or not an image pleases you. Keep it simple....
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Neither do I share my waste size...
My waste size is Jumbo Trash Bag. However, my waist size is an actual number.

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15.) because I am lazy when I do raw conversions and do "save to web and devices" in CS3, which for whatever reason strips the exif info. I dont intentionally do it, it just happens.
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....Ah yes, the limitations of spell check matched up with a weak mind (or is it week?)...

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For those who have been pegged by our own editor and cheif, you will be happy to know that even Chris slips up now and then. Here are one example.

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Here's two previous versions I submitted...
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Getting back to EXIF info; I was actually hoping to hear from someone who intentionally removes the EXIF info on each and every photo. To to date, no such person has responded. I've learned alot on RP - it's the photography class, forum, tip line that I never had when I was shooting film and sharing with only a handful of friends.

I think sharing the EXIF info is a great way to share advice and help others improve thier own photography. Consequently, I am confused, aside from instances of "protection", why someone would hide such info. The question came to mind not because I was suspicious of a photo but rather because I was curious as to when the best time to shoot at a particular location might be, whether local or in preperation for a trip, and wihtout such info, the info (time, for instance) remains a mystery.

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My waste size is Jumbo Trash Bag. However, my waist size is an actual number.

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What if my waist size is also a Jumbo Trash Bag? (Better start laying off the french fries.)
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For those who have been pegged by our own editor and cheif...
I believe you meant "editor-in-chief." Also, you seemed to have forgotten the "i before e except after c" rule in your haste to show my mistake.

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D'oh!

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An editor in chief (also called editor-in-chief and executive editor).

There is a slang term spelled cheif which could apply but I think it's best neither of us go there.

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Old 04-22-2010, 02:39 PM   #24
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Since I started using RAW, my workflow, involving DPP, Photoshop 7 and Noise Ninja results in a JPG that the RP site can't display the EXIF data from properly, so I hide it as it looks neater.

The EXIF data is still there - use an EXIF viewer like OPanda, right click on the pic and you can see all the details. Its just when the the site trys to display it, all that comes out is garbage.
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Old 04-23-2010, 06:47 AM   #25
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I don't display any of my EXIF data because I heard the camera companies have conspired with the government (which one, or ones I cannot say for sure) the railroads and Madison Avenue to secretly encrypt GPS data in along with the normal EXIF data.

That way they can direct multilevel marketing and spy on us.

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