Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Correcting capture time, part of Lightroom 4 Image Management Workshop.
I was reviewing some of my photographs of eagles in Alaska and noticed that the capture time in metadata shows as 12:05 p.m. And I realized that's just not possible. If it was just after noon, I would have been taking my lunch break. And so I couldn't have possibly captured this image at that time. What that translates into is the realization that I had forgotten to change the time on my digital camera. I guess I was just thinking that since I had gone from Seattle up to Alaska, I was still on the west coast. And it must be the same time zone, but in fact, Alaska is an hour behind and so it was actually an hour earlier than the photos represent. Fortunately, in Lightroom, it's quite easy to adjust the capture time. The first thing I'm going to do is select all of the images in this particular folder so that I can update all of the images at once. And so I'll simply choose Edit > Select all from the menu. I could also press Ctrl+A on Windows or Cmd+A on Macintosh. That will select all of the images here.
And then I can go to the metadata menu and choose the Edit Capture Time option. I also want to make sure I'm in Grid view. Right now I'm in Loop view so I'm only working on a single image at a time. So I'll switch to Grid view so that I have all of the images visible. And therefore can adjust all of those images at once. Then I'll go to the metadata menu an choose Edit > Capture Time, to bring up the Edit Capture Time dialog. I then have several adjustment options available to me. I can adjust to a specific date and time.
Which of course, would not be a very good idea. Since I'm working with multiple images, I don't want them all to reflect having been captured at the same time. I can Shift By a Set Number of Hours and that's actually the option I want. That's a Time-zone adjustment. Or I can change to the file creation date for each image, which I find not to be generally useful. In fact, almost always, I want to use the Shift By Set Number of Hours option. In this case, I want to simply subtract one hour from the time. So, I'll click the pop-up and choose negative one. I can see that that correction will cause the time for the currently selected image to change from the original time of 12:05 p.m to the corrected time of 11:05 a.m.. I can then click the Change All button, and all of these images will be updated to reflect the new time.
So, if I go select a single image, for example, I can see that 11:05, rather than 12:05 time for the image. Obviously, it's great to be in the habit of always adjusting the time on your digital camera anytime you cross time zones. But if you neglect to for a particular photo shoot, it's good to know that you can always correct that time after the fact.
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