when is a picture created date?

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December 30, 2010 at 03:01:37
Specs: Windows XP
i have some pictures on laptop that have been copied from another computer, i think by memory stick or cd - can anyone confirm if the created date is the date when picture was copied to the computer or the original date when the picture was taken?

if its the date copied to the computer, is there a way to see the original date when picture was taken?

any inof much appreciated

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December 30, 2010 at 06:51:10
EXIF Information or Tag is what you're after. If that info is available, right-clicking the file and selecting Properties will have an extra Exif Tags tab with all the details, or even simply 'hovering' your cursor over the file will show minimal detail incl. Date Picture Taken if Folder Tips is enabled.

If the original photo was "manipulated" in any way, ...the original date when picture was taken..." is no longer available... As for whether that info "follows" the file when copying, it depends... "Straight" copying should carry all the pertinent info you want.

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December 30, 2010 at 06:51:11
Go to any folder and choose View> choose details. Select which details to show.

Right clicking on any jpg and choosing properties> general, should show date Created, date Modified and date Accessed.

If you don’t see those items then download and install infranview to view your jpg & jpeg files.

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December 30, 2010 at 08:10:47
Thanks very much. i gather that if you copy a file from C:\fat16 to D:\NTFS, (which i think is what has happened) it keeps the same modified date and time but changes the created date and time to the current date and time.

Does that mean that the modified date i see is when the picture was actually created on the first computer and the created is when it was copied to new computer??

thanks v much :-)

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December 30, 2010 at 10:59:45
You might be getting too hung up on those "dates", as such properties can even be modified artificially (an old Explorer shell extension called Properties Plus has long been able to do just that).

Further to my earlier general statement regarding the Exif data being lost on modification of a photo file, I must add that some (most?) graphics programs give the option to keep or toss that data when saving. Even Fax and Picture Viewer retains the Exif info even after rotating it. Copying to CD utilities often give to option to retain original times/dates, and if the Exif is present, that too will automatically be included.

But once The Exif data is missing, I don't know of any way to retrieve it.... although I have never investigated that point.

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December 30, 2010 at 11:13:50
I took some photos yesterday with my Kodak digital camera. I then imported them to Windows 7 infranview using a USB cable to the camera.

The created date appears to be the date the file was saved and the path was set. The modified date is earlier than the created. I am seeing that by viewing Properties> details.

Details also shows the "date taken" That date and time correspond to the date modified.

I suggest you try infranview.

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December 30, 2010 at 13:34:49
OtheHill has mis-typed the name of that program he dearly loves three times! ;) It is Irfanview, not Infranview... Sorry for the interruption, now back to the regularly-scheduled thread...

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December 30, 2010 at 14:02:44
If you install software that came with the camera, when you look at the Properties of a picture file that was made with the camera in that software, if the file has not been altered, the Properties will show you when the picture was taken and many settings the camera was set to when the picture was taken, and other info. That info does not change when the file has merely been copied, and may be very different from what you see when you use something else to look at the file's Properties.

E.g. For Canon cameras, it's Zoom Browser software will show you that.

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January 6, 2011 at 00:11:30
thanks very much everyone for your help - much appreciated.

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