If you’re photographing the ongoing protests taking place in cities across the world, you might want to consider making the people in those photographs anonymous and stripping the EXIF data before putting them online. Here are some tools to make the process easier.
Image Scrubber is an online tool created by software designer Everest Pipkin. After you drag and drop an image, the web page removes all of the metadata that is usually contained within an image, and then allows you to blur out parts of the image with a brush.
An image's metadata typically contains information about the camera, lens, and exposure settings, but it may also contain personal information (depending on how you've set up your camera) and geodata. The Image Scrubber website states that "All processing happens directly in the browser - no information is stored or sent anywhere." If you want to check how it works, the tool is available on GitHub.
As noted by Mashable, the U.S. government has monitored protest movements through social media in the past, and revealing people’s locations and identities through photographs posted online might inadvertently give that information to the authorities.
If you’re photographing and posting using a mobile phone, another solution is to use your phone’s editing tools to conceal a face. A quick means of stripping the metadata is to post a screenshot of the edited image.
For those working in Lightroom, the Clone Stamp tool is probably the easiest way to conceal a face. You can then choose to limit the information in the metadata when exporting from within the Export dialogue.
Away from Lightroom, stripping metadata information from a batch of images is best achieved by using a dedicated piece of software such as EXIFPurge or ImageOptim. Both are available for Mac and P.C. for free.
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Lead image is an edit of a photograph by Jeppe Mønster.