Monthly Archives: March 2022

Adding EXIF data to photos taken using vintage lenses

I have a collection of Canon and Minolta vintage lenses that I sometimes use with my Samsung NX300/NX500 cameras to achieve that ‘retro’ look.  Obviously, my Samsung cameras are unable to detect the lens details, and hence the EXIF details for focal length, aperture, lens make and model are all empty.

I want to fill in these values so that I can search for these photos later.  So what I do in Easy Photo Search is to first search for photos where the focal length is 0, since this is the value stored in the photos taken using my vintage lenses.

I then choose to export the search results, which contains all photos with a 0 focal length.

In the screen to modify the EXIF values, I enter the relevant details for my vintage lens.

Easy Photo Search then exports the photos with the new EXIF values.

And that’s it – now my photos taken using vintage lenses contain EXIF values which Easy Photo Search can index and search easily, and also displayed in information profiles and overlays.

Download a 14-day trial of Easy Photo Search and experience for yourself how easy it is to add and modify EXIF values.

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Search for photos using EXIF data

Most digital photos contain EXIF information that stores details about the camera and lens settings that were used when the photo was taken e.g. the ISO value, lens focal length, aperture setting etc.

Easy Photo Search is an application that helps you search for your photos based on these EXIF values.  The search screen initially simply looks for all photos.

Say we want to look for photos with an ISO value between 800 and 1600.  We would click on the ISO entry, then select the between ISO option.

We then enter the ISO values, and start the search.

It is that simple.  By default, you can search for photos based on the following EXIF attributes:

  • comment and description
  • lens focal length
  • ISO
  • aperture
  • shutter speed

You can add additional attributes to search by clicking on the Add attribute button.

This expands the search attributes to:

  • camera make
  • camera model
  • date
  • exposure program
  • focal length in 35mm equivalent
  • metering mode
  • GPS location

If you need to search based on other EXIF attributes, drop us a line at  We will add additional attributes based on user request.

Download a 14-day trial of Easy Photo Search and experience for yourself how easy it is to search your photos using their EXIF values.

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Displaying and exporting EXIF data

In Easy Photo Search, the EXIF values for the selected photo is displayed in the Details window on the right, in the Tags tab.

If you chose to display multiple images in different panels, then the EXIF data for all the opened images will be displayed in a tabular form.

This lets you compare EXIF values for different photos easily.

To open multiple images, right click on one of the thumbnails to bring up the context menu, then select the Open images in new panel item.

Now every time you click on a thumbnail, the selected image will be opened in a new panel.

You can also export the EXIF data to an Excel spreadsheet.  Click on the Export images and tags to Excel button to start the export wizard.

Customize the export parameters to your needs.

The Excel spreadsheet is then generated according to your settings e.g.

Download a 14-day trial of Easy Photo Search and experience for yourself how easy it is to view your photos’ EXIF values and export them.

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Search for photos using GPS location

If your photos contain GPS details, Easy Photo Search can help you search for photos based on geographical location.

First, you need to add the location attribute to the search parameters.

You should then see the location attribute among the search attributes.

Click on the value entry box (the anywhere value in the example above) to bring up the map, where you can enter the location value.

You can read more on how to use this area locator here.  Briefly, you select a center point, then select an area around that point.  You can select a rectangular area like in the above example, or a circular area like this.

Easy Photo Search will then search for photos taken in the area you specified.

Download a 14-day trial of Easy Photo Search and experience for yourself how easy it is to search for photos using the embedded GPS values.

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Setting up Easy Photo Search

Easy Photo Search scans your photo files, stores some of the EXIF values in a database, and lets you search for photos using those EXIF attributes.

The most important thing is telling Easy Photo Search where your photos are located.  When you first start the application, there is a setup wizard that lets you select the folders where your photos are located.

So say our photos are stored in the E:\Home\Photos\ folder, and is further stored in subfolders by dates and categories like this.

If we want Easy Photo Search to index everything under the E:\Home\Photos\ folder, we simply select that folder, and the Search recursively in sub-folders option.

If instead we wanted to index only certain subfolders, we then just select the relevant subfolders.

Once you have set up the source folders, Easy Photo Search will always scan those folders on startup, and index any new photos it finds.

You can also add/edit/remove folders by clicking on the Manage photo folders button in the search session window.

In the folders window, you can then add additional folders or remove folders that you no longer want Easy Photo Search to scan.

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