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How to know the Owner or Device of the Photos or Images taken


Date: 23 Aug 2016    Group: General Questions    Category: Technology News   

I am wondering on some image that unable to find out the ownership of them. So, I would like to know about it. Yes, how to identify ownership or device name of the images or photos taken. Is there any simple method for finding out the device or image ownership detail in every photos uploaded online? Is there any tools to know owner or device of the photograph? Kindly assist.

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Author: Timmappa Kamat    24 Aug 2016      Member Level: Platinum     Points : 8  (Rs 8)    Voting Score: 0

Normally the information about the device from which the image is taken is stored in a file named EXIF data. Most of the digital imaging devices embed this information in the image.

EXIF stands for Exchangeable Image File Format. Each time you click an image from device, it writes the data to the storage medium of the device. This data consists of the details about the picture like clarity and other information along with supplementary metadata. The metadata information includes date, time, device details and other camera settings. If your device has GPS feature, it will also record the location at which the image was shot.

You can easily view this information by checking out the properties of the image under consideration. On Windows, you just right click on the image and choose Properties. That would let you know the details you are searching for. However, please note that some of the devices do not record device information. However, on other systems, you may need to rely on third party software.

Some online tools let you check the EXIF data in a simple way. metapicz.com is one such online tool that can be helpful. Chrome has an extension that can be used for the purpose. Named EXIF Viewer, this extension can be downloaded from https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/exif-viewer/nafpfdcmppffipmhcpkbplhkoiekndck?hl=en


Author: Mahesh    25 Aug 2016      Member Level: Diamond     Points : 8  (Rs 8)    Voting Score: 0

Here are some answers for your questions.

how to identify ownership or device name of the images or photos taken.

No personal information is embedded in the image. Other image related data however can be extracted from the EXIF data explains the device information as that is embedded along with the image data. The exif data capture process decides how much information to keep and discard in the photo. Some of the most common information that one can find in the device is - Resolution, Device manufacturer, Device name, Co-ordinates , specific only to DSLR devices), Date and time, ISO, Lens information, F-Stop. Depending on the type of the device you own (smartphone or DSLR), the information collected will be different for either device.

To identity here are some of the ways you need to use to read the EXIF data.

1. Photoshop App (go to image info and read the EXIF data)
2. Image viewer such as XNView, Google photos, Irfanview
3. On linux you can use ExifTool.
4. On Windows, you can right click the image and view image information. (Very limited EXIF data can be read).

Is there any simple method for finding out the device or image ownership detail in every photos uploaded online? Is there any tools to know owner or device of the photograph?

You can't find the ownership details. EXIF data doesn't record the ownership information as the device doesn't collect personal information. So the information you get from the EXIF data is specific to the device and it's specification. Along with the location information in case of DSLR etc. So there is no simple method for finding ownership detail. Photos uploaded online are usually circulated if copied from multiple places. So even the rename operation changes the origin date for the image. Hence it doesn't give you accurate information about anything related to the ownership.





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