LIGHTROOM - changing date taken for many pictures at once

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changing date taken with many pictures selected doesnt work correct. If the active pic has the wanted date, selecting "setting time" (first option) and clicking "changing all" does nothing. If you give another date, only some pic changes the date!! (Lightroom 6.3, no cloud version"
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Hi Christian,

You may want to try the automate batch option here. You record a certain action to make it an automatic action in the future.

Hope this helps: http://photography.tutsplus.com/artic...

Cheers
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"If the active pic has the wanted date, selecting "setting time" (first option) and clicking "changing all" does nothing."

When you choose the first option of Metadata > Edit Capture Time, Adjust To A Specified Date And Time, all of the selected photos' capture times are shifted by the amount of correction applied to the target photo. So if you don't change the Corrected Time at all, the adjustment is zero, and no change will be made to any of the photos.

The Edit Capture Time window tries to explain this:

Though based on the continued feedback on the forums, it seems many people are still getting confused by it.

If you want to set many photos to have the same exact date/time, unfortunately LR doesn't provide any way to do that. You'd need to use an external program like Exiftool or a third-party plugin such as this: http://www.photographers-toolbox.com/...
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"f you want to set many photos to have the same exact date/time, unfortunately LR doesn't provide any way to do that".
Nothing is easier in Elements Organizer.
Maybe this could be a valid feature request for LR?
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See this feature request: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...

If Christian confirms this is indeed what he wanted to do (set all photos to have the same exact date/time), I'll merge this topic into that feature request.

The problem of setting al[ photos to the same date/time primarily arises with images produced by scanning prints or film; scans typically lack a date/time, and you often want to set them to the same approximate date/time (you don't know the exact date/time).

LR's original design philosophy was to focus on images produced by digital cameras, which generally don't have this problem, since they have digital clocks imprinting the time on photos. The clock might be set wrong, but the Edit Capture Time easily corrects that.

But a lot of us use LR as a more general digital-asset manager, and I think Adobe has slowly been dragged into providing more features to support LR's use as a general DAM. I too would like a fourth option to Edit Capture Time.
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Thanks for that explanation.
'to support LR's use as a general DAM'.
A fourth option would cover additional needs.
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Many Thanks for all the answers!
@John:
You are right! I've misunderstoud this feature. I would not have, if i would have read the text exactly. (But the text explains this correct only, if you selected more than one photo!) (Much worse! I've used this feature before in the right way!)

But:
The about 12 photos did have the same date/time when i started! and only some have been changed correct, some did get different other dates! But I cant reproduce it now! I think, there is something wrong here. I will post again, if i can reproduce it or can say the circumstances when it fail's.

@John: feel free to merge this with the feature request you mentioned.

Once again many thanks to all for answers and tips like photographers-toolbox! And feel although free to correct my english.

Christian

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