Sharing your work on social media, you may come across a few people who ask “what are your camera settings for this shot” or something similar. There are even a few groups on Facebook that have this as a requirement to post your work. There are a few different ways you can do this, but here’s an app that makes it easy.
First of all, I am in no way affiliated with this app, nor did I discover it myself. I don’t recall exactly who I got the info on this app from first, but it was either from Francisco Joel Hernandez or Jeff Carpenter of Readylight Media. I recall Hernandez mentioned the app in one of his posts, and I also reached out to Carpenter after seeing him use it on his YouTube video around the same time. I thought about making my own template, but since they both used the same app, I figured I would at least check it out.
The Photo Summary App is available for both Android and iOS devices for only $1.99. For that price, it was a no-brainer, as I would be able to quickly and easily add the camera settings used to take the photo overlaid upon a blurry version of the image. The app will load in EXIF data from the file if available, so make sure when exporting you allow the EXIF to be saved.
The aperture, shutter speed, ISO, camera, and lens used will all be added to the image, while the date and time taken have a few options, including date only, full, or no date. There are also a few fields under settings to add your name, Instagram handle, website, Facebook, and YouTube.
The app itself is simple and straightforward; after your enter your data into the fields under settings, it stays, and all you have to do is select your image, enter any custom caption, and select your final display from the presets. Each preset has two options between regular and large text. There are two blurred image options (slightly blurred and blurry), a non-blurred version, and a clear PNG overlay to add to another image if you want. Once you tap on your choice, the image is saved to your phone with the max resolution available being 2,000px on the long side.
I like how inexpensive the app is, a simple one-time purchase, plus the fact it is very simple to use. I could have designed my own template, but in the end, I would have spent more time creating the file with the EXIF info overlaid each time. I also like that I was able to manually enter the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO when the data wasn’t in the file.
I would like to see the option in the future to change the font. Another one I could see some users benefit from would be the option to add the camera and lens manually if the EXIF data isn’t available. I had a few shots where I didn’t export with EXIF, but I ended up typing it out in the custom field, the same place where many users put the lighting info. For that instance, maybe allow a field specifically for lighting and leave the custom field for users. Some may want to share their other social handles or add other notes regarding the shot.
Overall, I think it’s a great, affordable app to share your EXIF data if you choose to. For me, it’s more appealing than screenshots of the EXIF out of the file info, Lightroom, Capture One, or other photo processing programs. Would you use this app?