Getting DateTaken Info from Pictures

by Jun 10, 2014

If you'd like to reorganize your picture archive, then here is a piece of code that reads the "DateTaken" information from picture files.

The example uses a system function to find out the MyPictures path, then recursively searches for all files in that folder or its subfolders. The result is piped to Get-DateTaken which returns the picture file name, the folder name, and the date the picture was taken.

function Get-DateTaken
    [Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$true, ValueFromPipelineByPropertyName=$true)]
    $shell = New-Object -COMObject Shell.Application
  $returnvalue = 1 | Select-Object -Property Name, DateTaken, Folder
    $returnvalue.Name = Split-Path $path -Leaf
    $returnvalue.Folder = Split-Path $path
    $shellfolder = $shell.Namespace($returnvalue.Folder)
    $shellfile = $shellfolder.ParseName($returnvalue.Name)
    $returnvalue.DateTaken = $shellfolder.GetDetailsOf($shellfile, 12)


$picturePath = [System.Environment]::GetFolderPath('MyPictures')
Get-ChildItem -Path $picturePath -Recurse -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue | 

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