Tag Archives: Easy Photo Search

Grouping photos by EXIF values

Let’s say we want to search for photos taken with a focal length of between 12mm and 18mm.  We enter these values In Easy Photo Search:

and the results will be displayed like this:

as one long list of files on the left.

An alternative to just viewing this long list of files is to group the files.  Say we want to group by focal length, then by aperture.  In the grouping criteria, we select Focal length and Aperture.

Our search criteria then looks like this:

Our search results then shows the files grouped by focal length and aperture.

When we now click on the focal length or aperture item in the search results, Easy Photo Search will automatically display the first image in that grouping.

Download a 14-day trial of Easy Photo Search now and see for yourself how easy it is to index and search your images based on their EXIF values.

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Working with PNG images containing Exif tags

We recently received a request from a user who asked if we could add support for PNG files in Easy Photo Search.  We weren’t even aware that PNG files could contain Exif tags, and after some quick googling, we thought that there was no ‘standard’ in how the Exif tags would be stored in the PNG files.

After some more research, we understood that while there is somewhat of a (belated) standard in how Exif data is stored in PNG files, the Exif data block itself does follow the JPEG specifications.  It was only in where the Exif data is stored that may change, depending on the software used to embed the Exif data.  We thus decided to add support in Easy Photo Search to read the Exif chunk in PNG files where possible, as we only need to locate the Exif data block and process it.

Thus, Easy Photo Search 1.2 can now read Exif values stored in PNG files.  Note that you cannot modify the Exif values, nor remove them, from the PNG files at this point.

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 support@yohz.com.  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.

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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