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254 Points

Tue, Oct 22, 2013 5:10 PM

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Lightroom Classic: Edit Capture Time issue - Need a way to set all photos selected to same date & time

Edit Capture Time issue - When I select a number of photos and use "Adjust to a specified date and time", rather than all having the specified date & time they are changed but have different dates & time around what was specified. Have not determined pattern, maybe offset from original date.Windows 7 SP1 64bit, Lightroom 5.2

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62 Points

2 years ago

One more vote for adding this possibility.

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1.5K Points

5 months ago

The current version of Lightroom Classic (v. 9.3) still cannot properly set a batch of image to the same time. Frustrating.

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12.3K Points

5 months ago

Seven years and still waiting.  I don't know if the folks at Adobe don't understand how much time is wasted with scanned images setting the Date/time one image at a time, don't understand the problem, or if they just don't care as it won't sell more subscriptions. 

But however you slice it, adding another option (or actually having the "Adjust to a specific date and time" actually do what the title says) could be anything but a trivial amount of coding.  Maybe Adobe can't imagine how something so simple to code could be that important. 

As said in other threads, It sure would be nice if Adobe Dedicated one release to implementing as many of these long standing, high frustration requests as possible instead of some wizbang feature that few have asked for and fewer will use.   Now, I must say, being able to apply HSL changes locally is one of those long requested ideas that finally made it into the product (albeit not the way most everyone would have expected it to be implemented).  

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Dan, I'm surprised you are wasting so much time setting the Date/Time of images individually when it has been clearly shown here how to do it with the outlay of only €10.00. Maybe your time isn't worth that much?

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Alan,  Actually have been too busy to get back to my scanning project. And, yes there are 3rd party tools that can manipulate the capture date/time metadata.  However, Adobe Lightroom Classic is promoted as a DAM (Digital Asset Manager) type of application.  In various marketing pieces that have come and gone over the years it has been pushed as a complete solution to managing, organizing and managing images.  So, why it can't do something so simple and which it even says it can do (quote "Adjust to a specific date and time") is missing.

One can also argue that sure  you can get another tool to do this.  And something else to do that, and a third tool to do something else.  At some point it is diminishing returns.  Now don't get me wrong.  I'm all in favor of plugins, and have quite a collection installed, but they are for special purpose functions or functions not all that common for folks to use but something as simple as this, with a broad base of users needing it and that can't possibly be that complicated to do should be included.   

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3 months ago

I'm think it's time to bring this topic back into the mix of simple to implement and high value, yet ignored by Adobe discussion.  

PROBLEM:
With many folks staying home more and catching up on projects, more and more people are scanning old prints and negatives from their film days.  The problem is that the capture date on these images are the date scanned, not the (many times approximate) date of the original capture.   Even though these images are many times scanned days, weeks, months or even years apart we want all the images for a particular event or shoot to have the same capture date/time.  There is no way to do this In LrC except one image at a time.

PROPOSAL:
In the change capture date/time dialog, add a 4th option that is REALLY a "change all selected images to a specific date time" such that all selected images get the exact date/time typed in.  Change the operation of the current option that has that name to something more indicative of what it really is (eg, adjust dates of selected images by same offset as first image).

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12.3K Points

Meant "change description" (not operation) in last sentence

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110 Points

23 days ago

Hey there, 

I have been trying to edit the capture to for multiple photos with no success. I tried in grid view while using metadata > change capture time. the time of each picture changes but not to the one I defined even though the 'adjust to a specific data and time' option is checked.. 

Note: This comment was created from a merged conversation originally titled Lightroom Classic: Edit capture time for multiple photos

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11K Points

I'm guessing you're running into a common misunderstanding of the "Adjust to a specified date and time" option.  That option actually adjusts multiple images by the same AMOUNT of time.

If you select multiple images, the most selected image will be changed to the date and time you enter and all the other images will be adjusted by the same amount.

For example, if your change added 5 minutes to the most selected image, the time on all the other images would be adjusted to +5 minutes of what they were previously.

Lightroom doesn't have a function to change multiple images to the SAME date and time.

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12.3K Points

Correct. There is no option to actually change all selected images to a specified date./time -- and there should be.  

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11K Points

Agreed.  Been suggested for years though with no movement as far as I can tell, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

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110 Points

Very weird.. seems like a necessary option. isn't there an add on that can help?

thank you for your reply

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11K Points

I take care of it outside of LrC using ExifTool, myself, but @alan_harper posted instructions on using a plug-in here that might be helpful -

Lightroom: How I set the capture time of a bunch of photos

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I use GeoSetter outside of LR to set dates.  No matter what tool you use, it it is external to LR (i.e., not a plug in) you should first "save metadata to files" before you use the external tool.  Then "read metadata from files" afterword to get the new dates into the LR catalog. 

Depending on file type, this may create XMP "sidecar" files next to your image files.  After you "read metadata from files" you can delete the XMP sidecar files if you wish.