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EXIF data on photos

house kitten 6,899 September 25, 2015 at 09:48 AM
I have a few photos that I need to print out but would love the date and time taken stamped on them. Is there software that will stamp the date and time so when I print it out I can see it instead of looking in proprieties of the photo? I realize I can find programs to view it but I would like to see it on the photo.

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Never mind. Downloaded faststone. Works great.
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Nothing says 1990's like a date printed on the photo itself. Instead find a print house that will print the EXIF data on the back of the photo. I know Adoramapix does this.
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Nothing says 1990's like a date printed on the photo itself. Instead find a print house that will print the EXIF data on the back of the photo. I know Adoramapix does this.
ya thanks for your opinion. This is being done for legal issues on a nursing home abuse case.
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ya thanks for your opinion. This is being done for legal issues on a nursing home abuse case.
Sorry to hear that. Details are important. Reason I said that is I still see people posting pictures on facebook that are digital and have that setting turned on.
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Faststone does not work. It saves and prints exif data but it is the data fo when I saved it to my computer and not the date the photos was taken.
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Faststone does not work. It saves and prints exif data but it is the data fo when I saved it to my computer and not the date the photos was taken.
I don't know much about faststone. Are you sure the photos have correct exif data to begin with?

If I were doing something like this, I'd use ImageMagick, which is unfortunately a command line tool. If your comfortable running command line tools, you could run through a lot of photos quickly. Just make sure to make a copy of the photos first, as it will happily overwrite your originals without asking if you're not careful.

See here for an example of how to use it to overlay exif timestamp information: http://photo.stackexchange.com/qu...-of-photos

I might do something like:

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convert "test.jpg" -font Arial -pointsize 48 -gravity NorthWest -fill white -annotate 0 "%[EXIF:DateTimeOriginal]"  "test_annotated.jpg"
Are you on mac or windows? It would be pretty easy to work this into a script that ran on every file in a directory if you had a lot to process.
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I don't know much about faststone. Are you sure the photos have correct exif data to begin with?

If I were doing something like this, I'd use ImageMagick, which is unfortunately a command line tool. If your comfortable running command line tools, you could run through a lot of photos quickly. Just make sure to make a copy of the photos first, as it will happily overwrite your originals without asking if you're not careful.

See here for an example of how to use it to overlay exif timestamp information: http://photo.stackexchange.com/qu...-of-photos

I might do something like:

Code:
convert "test.jpg" -font Arial -pointsize 48 -gravity NorthWest -fill white -annotate 0 "%[EXIF:DateTimeOriginal]"  "test_annotated.jpg"
Are you on mac or windows? It would be pretty easy to work this into a script that ran on every file in a directory if you had a lot to process.
Windows. Not sure I want to run a script. Kinda new at this. Thanks tho
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Just a heads up. Just because you put a date on a photo doesn't mean it's legally binding or proof of the date. You can context the photo but if they challenge the date (most of the time this is a non-issue but it definitely could be an issue) you will need something other than just printing the date on the photo.

It doesn't hurt having the date on it and it's a good idea to do. Just want to make sure you know there are valid responses to those dates from the other side so be prepared for that. Don't make the dates critical to your point if you can't independently verify the date in the photos.

If the dates are critical to your point, provide extra context to make the date argument.

A photo time stamp is about the easiest thing to argue in a case. It is helpful if the camera was seized property before photos are submitted and the photos and date setting on the device can be independently verified.
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Just a quick follow-up. Independent verification is something outside of the time stamp that confirms the metadata used.

One semi-recent legal example of this is that the metadata in a photo from the Duke Lacrosse case was said to have had a visible watch face that matched the printed time stamp.

In your case, if you traveled, documentation or proof of your being at the location could help provide context.

There are an infinite number of ways to provide context to a photo's metadata but the time stamp alone is almost meaningless without the context.

Just thought I'd clarify and provide a couple quick examples.
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Not sure I want to run a script.
What is your concern? Just backup everything first and you've lost nothing and potentially gained a solution.
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Just a heads up. Just because you put a date on a photo doesn't mean it's legally binding or proof of the date. You can context the photo but if they challenge the date (most of the time this is a non-issue but it definitely could be an issue) you will need something other than just printing the date on the photo.

It doesn't hurt having the date on it and it's a good idea to do. Just want to make sure you know there are valid responses to those dates from the other side so be prepared for that. Don't make the dates critical to your point if you can't independently verify the date in the photos.

If the dates are critical to your point, provide extra context to make the date argument.

A photo time stamp is about the easiest thing to argue in a case. It is helpful if the camera was seized property before photos are submitted and the photos and date setting on the device can be independently verified.
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