JPG photos with no EXIF metadata

If you have a JPG copy which has no EXIF data - i.e. the camera/phone make/model and date/time taken are missing when you display the properties - then you should check whether the original digital image is still intact, with EXIF phone/camera make/model and date/time taken data present. You should be able to check for the presence of EXIF data in whatever app you are using to look at the original JPG file by tapping a "properties" or "file information" tab. Check whether phone/camera make/model information is present - some apps do not distinguish clearly between EXIF date/time taken and file "date modified" - they show the EXIF date/time taken if present but otherwise show "date modified" in the same field. However if the phone/camera make/model information is absent then that is an indication that any date/time shown is not the EXIF date/time taken. If the original JPG is still intact, with EXIF phone/camera make/model and date/time taken data present, sign on to Bundledocs from the device where that original JPG is and load it to Bundledocs (and remove any previously loaded copy from Bundledocs). 

But if there really is no EXIF data available - i.e. the camera/phone make/model and date/time taken data are missing and you cannot find an original with EXIF data - it could be that there never was an original with EXIF data. For example it might be that the photo was taken some time ago on a make/model of phone or camera which did not record EXIF data. Or it might be a JPG produced by scanning a non-digital photo. Another possibility is that it is a copy of a digital photo which, when originally taken, had EXIF data, but the EXIF data has somehow been lost in the copying/transmission process. This could happen if, for example, the JPG was sent to you by email or as an MMS message some time ago and the original is no longer available to be resent. In this case the JPG's filename may yield some clue as to when it might have been taken (as many cameras and phones save JPGs with a filename which includes the date and time taken).

If there really is no EXIF data available you should amend the Document Description in Bundledocs to include the words No EXIF metadata and retain the file name as in the examples shown below. Even if the file name does not give any clue as to the date taken - e.g. if it is IMG001276.jpg - you should still include it because, at least, it is a useful reference to use as a unique identification of the photo.

Set the Document Date in Bundledocs so that it shows the date the photo was originally taken so far as you can ascertain it. You have to type into the Bundledocs Document Date column an exact date - day, month, and year - and in some cases you may be able to ascertain the exact date the photo was taken but if, as is often the case, you do not know the exact date the photo was taken and so can only give an approximate date, you can change the Display Date Format so that only the month and year are shown, if that is all you are sure of, or even just the year, as shown in the second and third examples below.

  Document Description Display Date Format Document Date entered Document Date displayed
 Photo of No 22 garden (filename 20080215124531.jpg No EXIF metadata)

 d MMM yyyy 2008-02-15  15 Feb 2008
 Photo of No 22 garden (filenamIMG001276.jpg No EXIF metadata) yyyy 1999-01-01 1999
 Photo of No 22 garden (filenamIMG001586.jpg No EXIF metadata) MMM yyyy 2006-06-01
 Jun 2006
 Photo of No 22 garden (filenamIMG001873.jpg No EXIF metadata)'mid 1990s' 1995-01-01  mid 1990s

If a photo can only be dated to within a few years, not to an exact year, you can use a value such as about 1994 or mid 1990s or late 1990s within single quotation marks as shown in the last example. Don't use a value in the form about 25 years ago because if you do someone reading what you have entered will not know exactly when you entered it and therefore be unclear what year to count back 25 years from. If you have completely no idea at all when a photo was taken you can simply say Date unknown


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