Google recently announced a plan to change the way it displays images in Google Image Search. The end result is giving metadata a much more prominent role.

The updated interface will show large versions of the image in the search itself, return results faster, and perhaps the most important for photographers, show metadata automatically beside the image.

The question remains as to what sort of metadata will be shown. In the current design, you can see the image dimensions, file size, image type, date, and camera it was shot with, and the option to see extended EXIF information.

This interesting information was found on in their article, “Google Image Search Overhauled, Automatically Shows Metadata.” I have also been seeing this pop-up on my news reader a lot lately, so they are certainly piquing the interest of many.

Melody K. Smith

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