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Metadata > Photo Date Metadata

You’ve Got to See the Dates to Understand the Dates

Photo date metadata is complicated. Only by looking at the Exif DateTimeOriginal field will you know a photo’s date with certainty—though clues can be found in other metadata fields. Unfortunately, many applications do not display important date metadata fields like Exif DateTimeOriginal. Spoiler alert: Neither Capture Date nor Date Taken are metadata fields.

I’ve been studying photo date metadata for years. I will be sharing my knowledge with you and revealing how different applications read and write photo date metadata.