It’s fall, that time of year when many of us worldwide wake up to a time change when Daylight Savings Time ends. Around here, it happened a week ago when I woke up on Sunday morning, loving having an extra hour in my day.
With modern technology, even resetting the clocks seems automated. My cell phone changes automatically, and so does my Apple watch! Even our thermostats for cooling and heating our house make the change themselves. Some appliances still need a manual update, like our coffee pot and microwave, but they remind (pester) me until I get it done. The clock in my car needs to be reset and has a particularly jarring way of reminding me. I slide into the driver’s seat, glance at the clock to see if I’m on time for an appointment and have a moment of utter panic when I see the time. 🤣
Set your camera for the time change.
But let’s not forget the clock that causes me the most trouble… the one in my camera! 📷 It doesn’t remind me until later when I look at my photos. So, here’s a quick tutorial about changing the time on your camera and a friendly reminder to do it today!
Start by navigating to the correct page in your camera’s menu to change the time. On my camera, it’s conveniently labeled as “Date/Time.” You don’t even need to worry about the actual time at this point. Just figure out if you’re changing the time to fall back or move forward. Look for the symbol that resembles a sunburst and click on it. If you’re “falling back” into the previous hour, click on the downward arrow. (Remember the old saying – time “falls back” in the fall, and “springs forward” in the spring.)
Once the symbol changes (mine displays “Off” when the setting is adjusted), press OK, and voilà! Your time has changed, and you’re all set until next spring rolls around. In fact, you can mark your calendars for Sunday, March 10th, as another friendly reminder. Speaking of calendars, wouldn’t it be great if our trusted Mac or Google Calendars could update our camera time for us? I wish!
Why the time may not be correct.
If you tap on the sunburst and the correct time isn’t set, chances are that you initially set your camera without noticing the Daylight Savings Time on/off choice. Now, you’ll simply need to figure out the correct time using your watch or mobile phone and set it- being careful to choose whether Daylight Savings Time is on or off. Then, it will be easy to set your camera time to spring forward in March and fall back next fall.
Now it’s your turn.
Enjoy the extra hour, and may your camera always be in sync with the time!
Do you wish you could change the time after you shot the photos? This post I wrote will help you out!
Do you shoot with a GoPro? Check out this YouTube video about updating your time there.