Can I change incorrect 'picture taken on' date/time?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by gil, Apr 13, 2005.

  1. gil

    gil Guest

    On a recent trip, I forgot to reset the camera date/time to reflect a 7
    hour time zone change. Therefore, all of the pictures taken have an
    incorrect date/time stamp.
    Because I traveled from East to West, some of the pictures taken in the
    evening, are listed as being taken the following day, in the early
    morning. Disconcerting!

    Is there any way to correct this date group which is stored with each

    Additional info
    I have software to modify the date/time of file properties "Created on",
    "Modified on", and "Accessed on", but this does not change the picture's
    internal data.
    Picture format is .jpg, camera is HP R707, which stores camera settings
    with each photo. Computer uses Windows XP.
    Camera type shouldn't matter, as almost all digital cameras store the
    date/time with the image.
    Forgetting to adjust the time, would probably be a common error, made by
    many people, and a utility to correct the picture's internal date/time
    would be useful.

    Can anyone help?
    gil, Apr 13, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    I use ACDSee to adjust my camera time, I don't change it when I travel.
    There are any number of programs that will allow you to adjust the
    time but so far ACDSee seems to be the easiest, and I already use it
    for browsing my photos.
    Scott W, Apr 13, 2005
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  3. gil

    Fish Guest


    You can try Exif Pilot ( - the
    program for exif data editing.
    You can download the trial version of the program from

    Exif Pilot allows you:
    - to change name, date, copyright, and any other EXIF parameter
    (select a file and click "Edit");
    - to edit exif data of bunch of photos (select a bunch of images,
    click "Edit" and change any parameter for all the selected images *);
    - to set timestamps for a bunch of photos ahead or back a certain
    number of hours*;
    - to add exif data to the JPG files that didn't have it before (select
    a file and click "Edit" to add EXIF info).

    * batch editing available in the registered version only.

    Best regards,

    Olga Panchenko
    Two Pilots
    Fish, Apr 13, 2005
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    Pedro Graca Guest

    Exifer [1] does what you want.

    Pedro Graca, Apr 13, 2005
  5. gil

    gil Guest

    At approximately 2005/04/13 19:17, Pedro Graca typed these characters:
    tried exifer.

    I can read exif data from pictures taken with my OLD camera (Kodak
    LS443) but cannot read the data from its replacement (HP R707) Exifer
    says 'No Data'

    HP site says 707 uses exif 2.2 standard, and exifer site says program
    should detect versions up to 2.2

    Sounds like someone goofed.
    gil, Apr 14, 2005
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    Scott W Guest

    Get a trial version of ACDSee, it is free to try for something like 30
    days. It really is very easy to
    adjust the time stamp.

    Scott W, Apr 14, 2005
  7. Happened to me at the wedding recently.
    Day light savings time was up, and the hour got pushed up by 1hr.
    So between 10pm-12 the right wedding date is on the photos, after 12,
    the next day's date is on the photos.
    so half have 4 3 '05, the other half 4 4 '05.
    Mr.Bolshoy Huy, Apr 14, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Does that cause a problem?
    Ron Hunter, Apr 14, 2005
  9. Use Greenwich Mean Time then calculate based on venue.
    Logan Spitznauer, Apr 14, 2005
  10. It is not obvious what you are talking about. Some cameras imprint a
    time and date on the picture. I don't think you can change that except
    in photoshop.

    Some cameras store the date in the name of the photo. You can easily
    rename the photos. In fact there are programs that will rename an
    entire folder of files in batch mode.

    Most all digital cameras keep metadata of the f/stop, shutter speed,
    date, time and dozens of other things in the photo file. To change this
    you need a metadata editor. Here is one:

    Genus ViewMinder is a metadata editor for Windows 98, NT, 2k, Me, XP

    I don't know if it's free version will allow you to edit and save the
    metadata. It is worth a try. I don't use windows.

    On the Macs there is a free metadata editor called Metadata Hootenanny.
    Stephen Henning, Apr 14, 2005
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    jtpryan Guest

    I know exactly what you mean. This is what you want:

    Look for "TouchPRO" on the site. Actually, this is something every
    windows system should have.

    jtpryan, Apr 14, 2005
  12. gil

    jtpryan Guest

    I know exactly what you mean. This is what you want:

    Look for "TouchPRO" on the site. Actually, this is something every
    windows system should have. No affiliation

    jtpryan, Apr 14, 2005
  13. gil

    gil Guest

    I use GMT a lot, and am comfortable using it at work. My pictures are
    not only for my benefit. Others, who can't easily convert times, will be
    looking at the pictures which will not seem to make sense to them.

    An example

    A photo taken at a company banquet at 2100 hours on April 14 in Hawaii
    would display a date/time stamp of 0700 hours April 15.
    The boss wonders why the party lasted until dawn?

    Another factor is to make sure that you keep track of the location, it's
    time zone, and whether DST is kept, and in effect or not.

    So using local time is more logical. A picture taken during the day,
    would show a local time stamp making it easier to determine exactly
    where you were at that time.

    At approximately 2005/04/14 04:06, Logan Spitznauer typed these characters:
    gil, Apr 14, 2005
  14. I did the same thing once; had a 8 hour error. I think I ended up using
    a program called exifer. It's particularly nice for this, because
    there's a way to tell it to change the date by a certain amount on each
    of a whole batch of photos. So fixing the EXIF data was nearly
    instantaneous, once I figured out the right way to do it.

    It took a little longer to move all the photos into the correct
    directory. I use Breeze Downloader, configured to automatically store
    each image in a directory named for the shooting date in the EXIF data.
    Thus, a bunch of images ended in the wrong directory and had to be moved
    by hand.

    Dave Martindale, Apr 15, 2005
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    Larry Guest

    You can do this with Adobe Photoshop Elements or Album
    Larry, Apr 15, 2005
  16. I said the same thing, but when I went in to PS Elements to do it, the
    dates were locked. How do you unlock them to make changes?
    Stephen Henning, Apr 15, 2005
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