Lightroom: World Travel Synchronization

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Traveling with multiple cameras across multiple time zones presents synchronization problems if it's important to see photographs in time sequence. Please add the capability to adjust capture time in entire collections of photographs a) by an arbitrary time amount and b) by recognizable time zone differences - some time zones are multiples of 15 or 30 minutes eg Kathmandu is GMT + 5 hrs 45 minutes. Thanks. KJ
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Keith Jones

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Chris Cox

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Which product are you using? And which version?
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Keith Jones

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I have just upgraded from LR3 to LR4 on Windows. KJ
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Just set your camera to GMT. I just gave up trying to have the images in local time and tweaking the camera settings all the time.
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Frank Elston

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If the cameras span the globe the problem is likely to manifest itself in a way which would produce logically correct local times but create conflicts between local time zones. The only solution to eliminating potential conflicts is to have all cameras set to a single time zone e.g. GMT/UTC as opposed to local time zones. This of course may not be in your control!
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"Please add the capability to adjust capture time in entire collections of photographs a) by an arbitrary time amount"

LR already lets you do that:

1. Select all the photos to be adjusted.

2. Do Metadata > Edit Capture Time.

3. Select Adjust To A Specified Date And Time.

4. Set Corrected Time to be the desired time for the displayed photo by adding or subtracting the adjustment amount from Original Time.

5. Click Change All. All of the photos will have their capture time adjusted by a similar amount.
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OK, so here's the thing ... setting cameras to GMT is good when the cameras are all yours to set; when assembling a collection of images from different people [in a travel group for example] you don't have that flexibility. So, the answer is to correct the capture times in the images after they have been captured.

Next, setting capture time to a specific time using LR4 "Edit capture time" works just fine for single images and even sets of selected images but this is excruciatingly frustrating when you have hundreds of images from different cameras taken over several days in different time zones!

I am looking for the capability to create smart collections based on each camera [that's easy] and then apply (possibly different) time shifts to each collection so that the entire collection set is chronologically correct when viewed in capture time sequence. The time shift could be a simple time zone difference [eg +5 hrs 45 mins for Kathmandu or -7 hrs for Denver] or a more arbitrary time difference [eg 5 hrs 47 minutes!].

I hope this helps clarify. Thanks for everyone's replies so far. KJ
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oh wow! I've just realized the sublety of what John said in his reply. The capability that I need is already implemented in LR4 Edit Capture Time! I had mistakenly thought the corrected time would be the same for each image selected, not adjusted relatively! OK I'm done. It would be nice to have fractional time zone times supported but I can live with the capability just discovered! Thanks for your help. KJ