Search photos by EXIF tags (JPG or RAW)

With the SearchMyDiscs program, you can search photos by EXIF tags. For example, you can find all photographs made with the sensitivity ISO 800, or with the focal length of 300 mm, or by certain digital camera.

You can search photos by EXIF tags in two ways using our disk cataloging program:

1) Searching photo files by descriptions

Normally, the program scans your DVD disks and stores all EXIF tags it finds inside image files. The program supports searching files by their descriptions. Press the F3 key and to bring up the search form. You need to enter a part of EXIF description correctly so the program would find the files corresponding to the search string.

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Take a look at EXIF descriptions stored for photos in the program. You need to write the Description search string in the same format. This method is not very comfortable because you can use only one search condition at a time and you need to write the search string in the correct format. I.e. you need to write a part of an existing description if you want to find something. Otherwise, the program will not find anything. You also need to privide a correct file mask for searching photos. For example, *.jpg. See the example on the image above. It contains a correct search string. If you write "ISO:800" you will find nothing because there are no such strings in EXIF file descriptions stored by the program even if you have shots made with ISO 800.

But the description photo search has a good advantage. You can search photos by IPTC tags. If your photos have IPTC tags write a tag into the Description search string field and click Search.

The next EXIF searching method is simpler and more flexible when you need to search photo by EXIF tags only.

2) Searching photos by EXIF tags

We added a more human-adapted EXIF searching form to the program. :)

Select the Search by EXIF item in the Search menu or click the corresponding button on the toolbar.

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Select a condition and enter parameters corresponding to the condition. For example, you can search photos for some specific camera model, focal lens range, ISO range, apperture range, shutter speed range according to EXIF tags stored in the disk database.

You can add several search conditions at a time.

Below, you can select what type of files you want to search: JPEG or RAW.


April 19, 2017
Hey! We are almost not updating the program but you can order licenses if you need the program. The project is not dead and the latest version of SMD is 4.43.

April 16, 2014
A little bugfix is uploaded.

January 11, 2011
SearchMyDiscs 4.4 released. Added the Blu-Ray disk support.

May 28, 2010
SearchMyDiscs 4.3 released. Added an option that allows configuring the CD/DVD drive letter list.

March 23, 2010
SearchMyDiscs 4.2 released. Updated MSdcRAW.dll for scanning RAW files. Added support for lossless sound files APE, FLAC, and CUE.

November 30, 2009
SearchMyDiscs 4.1 released. Added searching photos by EXIF tags. Added getting additional EXIF tags.

April 1, 2009
SearchMyDiscs 4.0 released. Added new and powerful report generator. New features: Better looking tables and reports; Detailed preview window; Exporting to the PDF, DOC, XLS, HTML, CSV, JPG, BMP, GIF file formats. Added creating reports on the file catalog.

July 7, 2008
SearchMyDiscs 3.7 released. Added support for multiple scans of the same folders (you can select whether you want to refresh a folder's content or to create a new copy of the folder). Added importing folders with the same paths. Now you can create a database of local disks (and removable disks) of all your computers and search files in the database. Updated MSdcRAW.dll for scanning RAW files. Added support for new digital cameras.

May 5, 2008
SearchMyDiscs 3.61 released. Added automatic rotation of photo thumbnails according to EXIF data and FreeDB support for scanning mixed-mode CD disks (data+audio).

October 26, 2007
SearchMyDiscs 3.5 released. Added batch files tagging. Added support for read-only databases. Now you can open databases stored on CD/DVD disks or network servers. Improved Windows Vista compatibility.

August 16, 2007
SearchMyDiscs 3.4 released. Added getting thumbnails from video files (avi, vob, wmv, etc.). Added support for DNG digital photograph raw files. Added ability to include file descriptions to reports. Added saving IPTC comments for digital photographs. Added support for the "descript.ion" files. Added ability to add disk cover images. Added support for removable drives (Zip, Jazz, USB drives, etc.). Added new languages: Swedish, Bulgarian, Brazilian Portuguese.

May 17, 2007
New article: Search photos by EXIF tags

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