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Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Google Image SearchInformation About Photos

Google Image Search Shows More Information About Photos

Google's image search engine started to show additional information about photos after clicking the results. The landing page's sidebar includes EXIF data: camera, settings, focal length, flash usage and exposure bias.

"Additional details are found from within the image file, often saved there by the digital camera that took the picture or the application that generated the image. This data can also be manually added or changed after the image has been created. Google doesn't create or change this data in images created by others. The data is saved using the Exchangeable Image File Format (EXIF) specification and can include details about the type of camera that took the image, the camera settings (like aperture, focal length, exposure length, and flash settings), and the copyright and usage rights associated with the image by the person who created or edited the image," explains Google.

Another change is that you can click "more sizes" for other versions of the image and "similar images" for visually related images. The sidebar also includes the search result's snippet.

The sidebar can also include a list of related searches, which offer a lot of information about the image and help you find similar images:

Google should also add links to the previous and the next search result so that you don't have to go back to the list of results.


  1. You can save JPEG Metainformations, too!

    In Windows: right click on image -> Properties -> Summary

    You write down these info, and then save the file. Search engines can read them ;-)

    This does *not* save information into the image. If you copy that image to a non-NTFS volume, the metadata will be lost. It can be backed up using winrar, but the important point is, it's not going to be indexed by search engine when uploaded. There is metadata that can be embedded in the actual image (google IPTC and XMP), but I'm not sure which search engines actually index it yet fully if any.

  2. For my anime avatar gallery I have setup a installation of gallery2 (which does all the features you mentioned). Hosting a separate browsable gallery as compared to just embedding your images it allows for another local site link with more similar / related content. Your basically expanding your site by having an additional section (which helps you organize your images as well). I use the avatars as post images, from time to time I pick from other "gallerys" as well (since we have so many images). -Breaths