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Fri, Jun 3, 2011 7:54 PM

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Lightroom: Metadata Edit Capture Time Is Erratic and Unpredictable

Lightroom 3.4.1 running on Win XP/SP3.

Error when selecting a group of photos in the grid view and then Metadata-->Edit Capture Time.

The capture time is only updated for some of the photos, and the remaining photos' capture times are either unchanged or changed to an unpredictable date/time. Changing metadata for photos individually works fine.

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9 years ago

I can't replicate this Dan. Can you spot any patterns? Is it always the same photos that don't change or change unpredictably? Perhaps from a specific camera?

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9 years ago

Thanks for trying Victoria. The reported error occurred with the Olympus C3000Z JPG images, and the images that did not update properly were typically the last 1-4 photos in a group of 4-15 or so.

I was able to replicate it right away using Nikon D90 DNG images. I selected a group of 15 photos in grid view, used Metadata>"Edit Capture Time">"Adjust to a specified date and time", and specified 7-19-2003 at 12:00:00 pm.

You would expect LR to simply show 7-19-2003 and 12:00:00 pm in all photos, but not so. In this trial, all photos changed date properly, but the times were incorrect, as follows: (the numbering starts from the grid-view top-left selected photo (the "most selected" photo), and proceeds in reading order)

1- 12:00:00 pm
2- 12:01:31 pm
3- 12:13:26 pm
4- 12:14:23 pm
5- 07:34:17 am
6- 07:37:04 am
7- 07:34:47 am
and so on.

Although this is not the exact problem that I experienced yesterday, it is a flavor of the same issue. The times are clearly wrong. This is especially strange because LR attempts to honor the 12:00:00pm time for the first four photos, and then goes haywire.

PS - I enjoy reading your blog, thanks for authoring it !

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I'm glad you like the blog xtexan - I really must get around to posting more often! Hopefully after the website relaunch on Monday...

Does Mark's suggestion make sense and solve the problem, or are you seeing something different to the behaviour he describes.

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9 years ago

A number of people have posted complaints about this. I think LR should have all three options:

- Set date/time of all photos to the same date/time. Used for photos that don't have any time set, e.g. from a scanner.

- Shift date/time of all photos based on the date/time of the first photo. Used when a camera's clock was wrong by an arbitrary amount of time, e.g. it wasn't set.

- Shift date/time of all photos by a number of hours. Used to adjust for incorrect setting when traveling between time zones.

The Photoshop Elements Organizer has all three, and I found myself using all of them.

As a workaround, you might consider this plugin:

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/exchange...

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9 years ago

I created a separate topic for the bug:

http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

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8 years ago

I am having this problem. I just tried for the first time (new to LR) to edit the capture time of 30 scanned photos (scanned at different times) and wanted them to all be changed to the same date and time. It altered a few but the rest were a jumble. So does that mean that the first button "Adjust to a specific date and time" still does increments? I selected the photos in Grid view. It virtually means that I have to alter almost every photo individually - and I have hundreds more I would like to do!

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8 years ago

For the interim, consider a work-around: John Beardy's plugin to set capture time using exiftool:

http://www.beardsworth.co.uk/lightroo...