My photos are out of order on my computer, because I forgot to change the date and time on my camera. (See last week’s post, Quick Camera Tip for Summer Travel, for the way to change it before your next trip.) I know better. But, on a recent trip, I was in three different time zones in one week. It was the third one that got me! Happily, there are ways to fix this. Here’s how to do it in iPhoto and Lightroom 4.
In iPhoto, select the photo you want to change. You can also select multiple photos, to save time. In the Photos menu, choose Adjust Date and Time. You can use your tab key to move to the number you want to change. The nice thing about this method is that iPhoto shows you the date and time originally captured by your camera. Often, it’s just a matter of changing the hour. Sometimes, you will also have to change the date. Read more →
Traveling this summer? Don’t forget to change the time in your camera. Otherwise, your metadata will be wrong. Why does this matter? Lightroom 4 and iPhoto both use the time recorded by the camera to sort your photos. There’s nothing as annoying as having them completely out of order. There are ways to fix this later, but it’s much easier to do it ahead.
Go to the menu on your camera and look for Date/Time. On my Canon, it’s in one of the Wrench Menus. And don’t forget, most cameras use 24 hour clocks, so 3:00 is 3:00 AM. In the next post, I’ll tell you how to reset the date and time in Lightroom 4, in case you already forgot to do it.
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