One of the advantages of digital photography is having information about how each photo was shot embedded within the photograph’s file itself. This EXIF data is something photographers commonly jot down in notebooks as they walk around and shoot with their analog cameras.
Photographer Oriol Garcia wanted a better solution than manually writing down shot times and details. Since most people have smartphones now, why not make an extremely easy to use app that can document the info of every photograph taken? He ended up creating an app called PhotoExif that can do just that.
The iOS app helps you record information such as camera, lens, shutter speed, aperture, and GPS coordinates.
Instead of having to enter those details in manually character by character and number by number, the app is optimized for speed.
It allows you to store a catalog of cameras and lenses you use, and has an interface that mimics the design of an SLR camera. You select your lens, aperture, shutter speed, and focal length by simply turning digital sliders and dials:
Once those settings are selected, you can manually enter in some comments if you wish. Pressing the digital shutter button then records the information along with GPS coordinates and time.
Everything is organized into rolls of film. By the time you finish a roll, that roll’s digital counterpart in PhotoExif should have the same number of “exposures” and contain the necessary details for each one.
Tapping an individual roll of film will show you a list of photos you’ve taken:
Once you have your roll of physical film developed, you can easily bake the PhotoExif information directly into those digitized photos. Garcia has create a free companion desktop app called PhotoExifDesktop that applies each frame’s data to each digital frame on your computer: