Well, over the past few months I’ve enjoyed sharing images via Facebook with friends. It’s been super convenient, but I now think I’ll look for other ways to share images. Probably the best way? This blog.
Why am I reconsidering using Facebook to share images? Well, they strip your EXIF data out. All of it.
Several favorite blog sites have discussed watermarking and EXIF data recently, and I decided to recheck my images this morning. See, the metadata that I include in my photos is vast. Copyright, keywords, creator, contact information……It’s all in there. Last year a magazine wanted to use one of my images, and they had a hard time tracking me down because I didn’t include enough information in my EXIF data. So, I made some changes and added a ton of information.
Every photo I export has that information, and a watermark. I’m thinking about doing away with the watermark, it’s annoying. And the EXIF data tells you all you need to know.
Well, all that you need to know if you haven’t loaded it to Facebook. Facebook takes out all of your copyright data, EXIF data, everything…….Woah, that’s not good at all gang!
How do I know this? Well, I downloaded a few of my images from my Facbook Photos section. And here’s what I found in my file information…….
Wow, nothing in there at all. Not even my camera data, so you don’t even know what I shot with.
Now, I downloaded a few photos from this blog just to double check. And the EXIF data is present from my site. Want to see the difference?
So, here ya go. Going forward I’ll be posting images here, and sharing the posts through Facebook. I mean really, I like to share images with friends, but I really don’t want to open myself up for loss of my work and copyright. That’s not okay. And why Facebook does it is beyond me. This fact alone has made Facebook much less interesting to me, and I know my personal usage will be curtailed.