4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 20, 2013 1:02 PM by LarryHN
Bruce1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When importing photos the photo details (i.e. date taken, camera model, etc.) seem to be lost, instead created date shows same date it was imported.  Can the original data be located or saved when saving the  photo?

iMac (21.5-inch, Late 2012), iOS 6.0.2
  • 1. Re: Importing Photos
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    What version of iPhoto?


    What is the source of the photos? if they are directly from a camera they will have all of that information  - and when you export the photo it will be included



  • 2. Re: Importing Photos
    Bruce1956 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    iPhoto '11 version 9.4.2


    Photos were originally on my Windows XP laptop & were migrated over to my new iMac 21.5. All of the info mentioned was visible on the XP.  When migrated all that data seems to have been lost plus d all the photos created date changed to the migration date.

  • 3. Re: Importing Photos
    Terence Devlin Level 10 Level 10 (123,800 points)

    Where are you looking for this information?


    There are two kinds of metadata involved when you consider  jpeg or other image file.


    One is the file data. This is what the Finder shows. This tells you nothing about the contents of the file, just the File itself.


    The problem with File metadata is that it can easily change as the file is moved from place to place or exported, e-mailed, uploaded etc.


    Photographs have also got both Exif and IPTC metadata. The date and time that your camera snapped the Photograph is recorded in the Exif metadata. Regardless if what the file date says, this is the actual time recorded by the camera.


    Photo applications like iPhoto, Aperture, Lightroom, Picasa, Photoshop etc get their date and time from the Exif metadata.


    When you export from iPhoto to the Finder new file is created containing your Photo (and its Exif). The File date is - quite accurately - reported as the date of Export. However, the Photo Date doesn't change.


    The problem is that the Finder doesn't work with Exif.


    So, your photo has the correct date, and so does the file, but they are different things. To sort on the Photo date you'll need to use a photo app.

  • 4. Re: Importing Photos
    LarryHN Level 9 Level 9 (56,675 points)

    If yoy are seeing this in iPhoto then you did not get the correct photo from your PC - iPhoto uses the EXIF and IPTC data which is inside the photo and was originally placed there by the camera - it sounds like your PC did not keep it intact


    If you ae seeing it in the finder then you are looking at the file metadate rather than the photo metadata - look in iPhoto or using Preview to see the photo metadata