Millions of photos are posted on the web every single day, from photographers around the globe. On one hand of the spectrum, you have the selfies and random photos posted to Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, and on the other hand, there are some incredible photos taken by talented photographers who puts hours and hours of work into them. Thanks to photo editing softwares like Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop, Affinity Photo and even Pixelmator, a large amount of time is put into editing photos, turning them from “Hey, that’s a nice photo.” to “Holy shit! That looks incredibly amazing!”
Have you ever looked at a photo and wondered, “Damn! I wish I could see how this photo was edited.” Yep! We’ve all been in this situation. In fact, every time I browse through the photos posted on 500px and Flickr, that’s exactly what I think.
How to View EXIF Data of a Photo
Thankfully, there’s a fantastic website out there to help you. It’s called pixelpeeper.io.
pixelpeeper.io is a website that shows you how to view the EXIF data and the Lightroom Edits or Presets for a photo. It’s a web-based EXIF reader that checks a JPG image that you provide and looks at its embedded metadata to display all the information contained in it.
When you edit a photo in Lightroom, it embeds all the adjustments in EXIF (XMP) when you export the photo to JPG. Unless you explicitly disable this option, which is called “Remove All Metadata”, during export, all your photos already have the relevant metadata stored in them. pixelpeeper.io simply reads this data from the photo and displays it to you in a neat and clean design.
Go ahead, head over to pixelpeeper.io and try it with a photo. It works amazingly well.