I received tons of great feedback from my post the other day on reading Exif data to find shutter actuations. Instead of making you go back and look at all the comments, I thought I would make a list of other Exif options that you, the readers, shared with the class.
♦ A really smart guy named Andrew wrote a web-based program that let’s you upload an image and then tells you shutter count for your camera based on the file. Obviously you need to upload the latest image taken by the camera. The program is called Camera Shutter Count. There is also a complete list of cameras that it will work with listed right on the page.
♦ For those of you that like to get your hands a little dirty and aren’t afraid of some command line code you can check out Image ExifTool at CPAN.
♦ If you are a Canon owner with a camera that has a Digic 3 or 4 processor you can check out the EOSInfo application available over at AstroJargon. This is a Windows-only program but there is also an older version for Mac users called 40DShutterCount.
♦ It turns out that Photoshop does have a way of revealing this info from the Exif data if you really know where to look. Fortunately Steve W did and he was more than happy to share the location. In Photoshop, got to File > File Info… and then click the Advanced tab and then look in the Scheme drop-down.
♦ For Mac users, you can open your image with the Preview App and then click Tools > Show Inspector and then click the Exif tab.
♦ Another recommended Mac-based program is PhotoMe (Digital Photo Metadata Editor). It’s a free download that not only allows you to find and read your Exif data but also edit the image metadata as well. You can read more about it here.
I’m sure there are many more ways to view Exif and I really appreciate everyone sharing their knowledge with me and the other readers. It’s one of the things I love about the photography community; everyone’s willingness to share with one another. One other thing, I listed several programs that can be downloaded and installed but I can not guarantee that they are free of bugs and the like. Please be sure to check out files for viruses and such before installing on your computer.