Photo and video metadata, what you can learn about persons and objects

Improvements and various new capabilities of cameras, contributes to the emergence of high-quality and relevant photos. At the same time, digital devices transmit a lot of important information about the subject, as well as about themselves.

Carefully stored media files, what information they hide

The need to collect information arose with the desire to increase the cost of the received photos (directly and indirectly). This is how the "photo metadata" appeared, which remain in the computer's memory, reflecting all the actions that are made in relation to the taken shots.

The best models of cameras allow you to make geotags (coordinates where the picture was taken), time (in EXIF format it is accurate only if the clock is set correctly on the device, but without reference to the world standard).

Using different identifiers of metadata objects, you can do the following:

Depending on the capabilities of the camera, as well as the features of the used software, data about the gadget itself is determined, up to the number of pictures taken with it.

The practical application of the results obtained is in great demand for determining the authenticity of a photo in art, science, court, and other areas of human activity. Photo metadata are relevant when establishing the reliability of events that have occurred: hurricanes, road accidents, up to the arrival of aliens.

Meanwhile, the real possibilities of such software are still in search. People will probably be able to create diagrams of places from different times in the near future. However, this is only a perspective for the development of the trend. It has not yet even found uniform standards for video files. Therefore, getting the metadata for a video is a little more difficult.

You can get information about images even if you download a file or get a link to a frame from Shadow Internet structure. Dates, formatting, changings remain relevant regardless of the privacy of the network.


This resource is focused on collecting information using free programs, websites, mobile applications, etc. The main goal is to help people find resources that make it possible to get information for free.

Initially, the materials were collected focusing on information security. However, many resources from other directions were added later. Please email us if you think we have forgotten something.

The OSINT Framework project is taken as a basis.

Suggestions, comments, feedback

Write to our email [email protected]