Picture Settings - How to review after the fact?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by Pecos, Sep 19, 2015.

  1. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    With an OM-D E-M5 - is there any way to see what picture settings were used for a shot by looking at the information recorded in Lightroom, Preview, or any other Mac application?
    I sometimes experiment with different settings and don't always write them down at the time of capture. It would be most helpful to be able to review later and see ... "Oh, yes, I used Portrait mode for that one" or "I had Gradation on Auto" for that one", etc.
  2. tkbslc

    tkbslc Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Most image viewers will read details for the EXIF tags within the file. Different viewers and EXIF readers seem to look for different info. Out of the few that I have installed, Picasa seems to tell me the most.

    I do not know if any can go quite as granular as to see if you had Gradation set, but a lot of that depends on what Olympus tags.
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  3. alan1972

    alan1972 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jun 23, 2012
    Malaga, Spain
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    Alan Grant
    Can you install Olympus Viewer on your Mac? It should give the most complete view of the settings as many of its tools correspond directly to settings that can be changed in camera.
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  4. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    Thanks, Alan. I'll give that a try. It sure would be helpful when experimenting with different settings.

    ADDENDUM - Looks like I'll have to wait a while, since Olympus requires the camera SN and I don't have access to it right now.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2015
  5. Phocal

    Phocal Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jan 3, 2014
    Anyone know if Olympus Viewer will give you the distance to what ever it is you focused on? I know that information is contained in there somewhere because the Focus Tune software reads in.
  6. Web-Betty

    Web-Betty Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 16, 2013
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    Lightroom provides a ton of metadata. It may not give all of the info specific to Olympus (like art filter info, etc.) but it certainly captures quite a bit, including focal length.

  7. wjiang

    wjiang Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    If you want the special Olympus settings you'll have to use Olympus Viewer or ExifTools (which can dump everything embedded in the file).
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  8. nuclearboy

    nuclearboy Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 28, 2011
    Ellicott City, MD
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    I use PIE studio as a photo viewer. It provides the option for a ton of EXIF data to be displayed. PIE stands for picture information extractor. I bought this years ago and I keep getting free upgrades.

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  9. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    I just discovered that some of this information is visible in Preview on MacOS.

    You can drag the image(s) directly from Lightroom onto the Preview icon and they load right up. Command-i brings up the "More Info" window; the picture mode and other information are visible under the "Picture Style" tab.
    Provia is called: FilmSimulation: F0/Standard, 0, 0 (in my example), and
    Astia is called: FilmSimulation: F1b/Studio Portrait Smooth Skin Tone, 288, 288
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  10. dancebert

    dancebert Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 18, 2014
    Hua Hin, Thailand
    EXIF output from Irfanview, an image viewer I've used since the mid 90s. http://www.irfanview.com/

    Filename - v-20150905-02175-1024.jpg
    ImageDescription - OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
    Model - E-M5
    XResolution - 240
    YResolution - 240
    ResolutionUnit - Inch
    Software - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.6 (Windows)
    DateTime - 2015:09:05 22:35:30
    ExifOffset - 250
    ExposureTime - 2 seconds
    FNumber - 3.50
    ExposureProgram - Aperture priority
    ISOSpeedRatings - 200
    ExifVersion - 0230
    DateTimeOriginal - 2015:09:05 15:35:44
    DateTimeDigitized - 2015:09:05 15:35:44
    ShutterSpeedValue - 2 seconds
    ApertureValue - F 3.50
    ExposureBiasValue - 0.00
    MaxApertureValue - F 3.50
    MeteringMode - Center weighted average
    LightSource - Auto
    Flash -
    FocalLength - 14 mm
    ColorSpace - sRGB
    FocalPlaneXResolution - 2661.02
    FocalPlaneYResolution - 2661.02
    FocalPlaneResolutionUnit - Centimeter
    FileSource - DSC - Digital still camera
    CustomRendered - Normal process
    ExposureMode - Auto
    White Balance - Auto
    DigitalZoomRatio - 1.00 x
    FocalLengthIn35mmFilm - 28 mm
    SceneCaptureType - Standard
    GainControl - Low gain up
    Contrast - Soft
    Saturation - High
    Sharpness - Soft

    Serial Number - xxxxxxxxx

    Thumbnail: -
    Compression - 6 (JPG)
    XResolution - 72
    YResolution - 72
    ResolutionUnit - Inch
    JpegIFOffset - 994
    JpegIFByteCount - 22267