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Camera date was way off (years). How to change date before import?

Discussion in 'Managing your Photos & Video' started by Tim Carswell, Jul 17, 2017 at 3:25 AM.

  1. Tim Carswell

    Tim Carswell New Member

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    I bought a used camera for a trip to Iceland. I didn't think to check the time/date and it was set to Jan 2015. I need to edit the date taken before I import into light room so they go into the correct folder (the actual date taken). I used 4 cameras and the other three are correct, so I want to keep all the dates accurate. Is there any program to edit the data BEFORE I import to lightroom?
    #newbeemistake. #NEVERAGAIN

    Thanks!
    -Tim
     
  2. clee01l

    clee01l Lightroom Guru Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    Welcome to the forum. Once the creation date has been written to the image file, you are better off changing the date in LR after import. You can apply a bulk date shift in the LR Metadata Menu. If you import into Date named folders, these too will be wrong. However you can rename the individual folders and sub folders to reflect the shifted date.
     
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    JohanElzenga Lightroom Guru Staff Member Lightroom Guru

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    You could download a trial version of an application like Photo Mechanic. I'm sure that can fix dates. You'd then use PM to import the images to a temporary folder on your hard disk first (and fix the dates), then after you fixed the dates you import them in Lightroom. I agree with Cletus however, that it's not that difficult to do it in Lightroom after importing.
     
  4. Replytoken

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    ExifTool will change all of the dates. There is a GUI that can be used with it to make the changes easier. I've used it when camera dates are off before importing into LR and its worked fine.

    Good luck,

    --Ken
     
  5. Wernfried

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    Yes, ExifTool can do that.

    Example command:
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    exiftool -AllDates+="2:3:1 8:30:0" -if '$CreateDate le "2015:12:31"' c:\images\*.jpg
    This command would shift all dates by 2 Years, 3 Months, 1 Day, 8 Hours and 30 Minutes. Note, the default format which is "YYYY:mm:dd HH:MM:SS" (but can be changed with "-dateFormat" option)

    The "-if" option ensures that time of picture is shifted only once.

    I prefer to use ExifTool rather than LR build-in function because "AllDates" changes all times (DateTimeOriginal, CreateDate and ModifyDate) and optionally even FileCreateDate, FileAccessDate and FileModifyDate whereas LR changes only one of them - I don't remember which one.
     
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    My preference is ExifTool as well because I can change all of the date fields, but I do prefer the GUI shell when using it.

    --Ken
     

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