How to know where a photo was taken? How can you see the details of a photo? And how many disk space the photo occupies on the Mac? To figure out these questions you need to access to the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) data.
EXIF data records many information like image dimensions, title, resolution, camera model, location, shutter speed, ISO, date and time, copyright information, descriptions, thumbnails etc. That kind of metadata can be written, read and supported on both iOS and macOS. End users cannot view or edit the metadata directly on iOS devices, unless using third-party apps like Google Photos or Photo Investigator. Previously, Mac users can launch the Photos app to see the EXIF metadata of an image contained within the app library, or access to the Get Info pane after selecting a file in Finder.
Now, the upcoming macOS Mojave introduces some little changes in Finder, such as the new Gallery View and the Quick Look feature. The Gallery View allows you to skim through files visually by big previews. Quick Look feature adds the abilities to directly rotate and crop images, mark up PDF files, or trim video and audio clips. What’s more, the Preview pane now shows directly the metadata of a selected file.
So, how to view the metadata of your photos on macOS Mojave? Continue reading.
- Click the Finder icon in the Dock to open up a Finder window.
- Navigate to the folder that contains the file of which you want to view meta data.
- Click the Gallery View button at the top of the Finder window.
- Choose View menu > Show Preview option from the top Menu bar of the screen. Alternatively you can press Command – Option – P to show the Preview pane.
The Finder window will be divided into two sections: the left one is a big preview of selected file, and the right one is the Preview pane, which displays the metadata of the file. You can drag the divider to enlarge or shrink the Preview pane. And click any of the file from the thumbnails and its metadata instantly appears in the right column.
The new added Preview pane in Gallery View makes it super quick to check out EXIF details without having to open an image editor like Pixelmator. And you don’t need to repeatedly click Get Info button every time you choose a file in the Finder window.
With this handy feature you may no longer need the apps like EXIFViewer for Mac.