When journalists work on an investigative piece, they often find themselves examining pictures of places that contain no information about when they have been taken.

However, using a handful of clever techniques described in this article, you can find the most probable day a scenery was captured and determine the exact time within that day. These methods were used in a number of investigations, including this one where BBC Africa Eye debunked misinformation around the video of a murder in Cameroon.

"When trying to find the day and time of a photo, try to find objects that line up in the exact same direction as the shadow go. The direction of the sun alone is enough to find the time, but only as long as you have an exact day that the photo was captured," writes author Sector035.

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