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Adjusting photo dates and times

From: Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 01 Importing and Organizing Photos

Video: Adjusting photo dates and times

You may notice that some of the dates or times that are associated with photos in the Organizer don't seem to be correct, and that can happen when you shot photos in another time zone, as I did these four photos in France. Or if you've scanned a photo, in which case, you may see the date and time that the scan took place; or perhaps you've exported a photo from another program and you'll see the date and time of export. You can adjust the date and time associated with the photo, either one photo at a time or on multiple photos. If I select just one photo here and then I go up to the Edit menu, I have a choice to Adjust Date And Time.

Adjusting photo dates and times

You may notice that some of the dates or times that are associated with photos in the Organizer don't seem to be correct, and that can happen when you shot photos in another time zone, as I did these four photos in France. Or if you've scanned a photo, in which case, you may see the date and time that the scan took place; or perhaps you've exported a photo from another program and you'll see the date and time of export. You can adjust the date and time associated with the photo, either one photo at a time or on multiple photos. If I select just one photo here and then I go up to the Edit menu, I have a choice to Adjust Date And Time.

I'll select that, and here I have three options. If I know the exact date and time on which I took that photo, I can choose Change To A Specified Date And Time. If I choose Change To Match Files Date And Time, in this case the photo will switch to the day on which I exported this photo from another program so that isn't what I want. Or I can shift the date and time by a set number of hours, which is great for doing a time zone adjust like this. But I want to show you what Change To A Specified Date And Time looks like, so I'll leave it set to that and I'll click okay.

Here, I can change the year, the month, and/or the day. So for example, if I'd shot this on a different day, I would click this menu and choose the Date. If I happen to know the time on which I shot an image, I can leave this set to known, and then use these arrows to change the hour; or if I click here to change the minutes; or if I click here to change from a.m. to p.m. Usually, I don't know the exact time on which I've shot a photo, so I can either estimate it here or if I click Unknown, and that will remove the time from the Date label altogether.

I'll click okay and you can see that that has changed the date and removed the time. When you shot a lot of photos in a different time zone, its a lot quicker to adjust their date and time all together. To do that, I'm going to select these three photos, clicking on one, holding the Shift key, and clicking on another. And then, I'll go back to the Edit menu, and notice that the Adjust Date And Time command has changed. Now it says, Adjust Date and Time of Selected Items, meaning that the organizer recognizes that I have more than one photo selected. Here, I have the same three options that I had when I was adjusting the date and time of one item, as well as a new option, which is to Shift To A New Starting Date And Time.

If I were to choose that, then I would set the starting date and time of the earliest of the photos that I've selected, and all the other selected photos would change accordingly. So that would work in this case, but it's even easier when I'm doing a time zone adjustment to select this last option, Shift By Set Number Of Hours (Time Zone Adjust). I'll select that and I'll click okay. Here, I can choose to set the date and time ahead or back, and I can choose the number of hours. So, I just Googled and found out that France, where I shot these photos, is eight hours ahead of Colorado, where I'm working on them now.

So I'll set the Hours menu to eight hours, and leave this set to Ahead, and click okay. Now keep your eye on the time under each of the photos as I do this. And it did move eight hours ahead, so it no longer looks like I was shooting at 3:00 a.m. for these photos; and as I remember, this photo was taken in the evening. So, if you notice that you have wrong dates or times under your photos, don't worry. It's quite easy to change using the Adjust Dates And Times commands that I showed you in this movie.

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  1. 18m 57s
    1. Welcome
      46s
    2. What is the Organizer?
      3m 1s
    3. Touring the Organizer
      4m 29s
    4. Moving between Organizer and Editor
      4m 55s
    5. Working with catalogs
      5m 46s
  2. 21m 4s
    1. Importing the exercise files
      2m 50s
    2. Importing photos from your computer
      4m 37s
    3. Importing photos from your camera
      7m 56s
    4. Importing photos from iPhoto (Mac only)
      5m 41s
  3. 33m 25s
    1. Viewing photos
      3m 37s
    2. Displaying photo names and dates
      1m 0s
    3. Adjusting photo dates and times
      3m 33s
    4. Sorting photos
      2m 41s
    5. Rating photos
      5m 6s
    6. Viewing metadata in the Information panel
      3m 13s
    7. Adding photo captions
      1m 45s
    8. Hiding and showing photos
      2m 54s
    9. Stacking related photos
      5m 8s
    10. Applying instant photo fixes
      4m 28s
  4. 19m 43s
    1. Viewing a simple slideshow
      4m 51s
    2. Comparing photos side by side
      4m 30s
    3. Applying Quick Edit options
      5m 36s
    4. Applying Quick Organize options
      4m 46s
  5. 27m 30s
    1. Using the Folders panel
      7m 19s
    2. Moving and renaming files
      3m 38s
    3. Reconnecting missing files
      4m 14s
    4. Moving and renaming folders
      3m 48s
    5. Deleting files and folders
      4m 2s
    6. Using a watch folder to import new files (Windows only)
      4m 29s
  6. 10m 14s
    1. Creating albums
      5m 53s
    2. Organizing albums
      2m 38s
    3. Making instant albums from folders
      1m 43s
  7. 14m 56s
    1. Creating and organizing keyword tags
      6m 38s
    2. Applying keyword tags
      4m 59s
    3. Finding photos by keyword and Advanced Search
      3m 19s
  8. 23m 3s
    1. Identifying people automatically
      5m 55s
    2. Identifying people manually
      3m 1s
    3. Viewing people
      3m 47s
    4. Grouping people
      3m 10s
    5. Working with people tags
      7m 10s
  9. 9m 13s
    1. Creating events manually
      6m 48s
    2. Creating Smart Events
      2m 25s
  10. 9m 52s
    1. Viewing mapped photos by location
      5m 47s
    2. Adding location data to photos
      4m 5s
  11. 22m 2s
    1. Using the Find menu
      3m 36s
    2. Finding photos by metadata
      5m 31s
    3. Saving smart searches
      5m 3s
    4. Finding photos by visual similarity
      5m 56s
    5. Finding photos in the Timeline
      1m 56s
  12. 3m 22s
    1. Don't forget to back up
      2m 16s
    2. Next steps
      1m 6s

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