Change Capture Time on Multiple Images

by Julieanne Kost.

Sometimes you may need to change the capture time of your photos. For example, you may need to change the capture times if you traveled to a different time zone and did not change the set date/time of your camera before you start taking pictures, or you could also have imported pictures of multiple cameras and need to organize them properly by their capture time.

1 - With one or more photos selected in the Grid view, or with a single photo selected in the Filmstrip in Loupe view, use one of the following actions:

Choose Metadata> Edit Capture Time.

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2 - In the dialog Edit Capture Time, select the type of adjustment:

Adjust to a specified date and time changes the time and date taken according to the settings you specify.

capture time lightroom

capture time lightroom

Set the number of hours (adjust time zone) Changes the capture time by adding or subtracting hours to the original time.

capture time lightroom

capture time lightroom

Change file creation date for each image Changes the capture time in the camera EXIF data according to the file creation date. If you select this option, go to step 3.

3 - On the New Time area of the dialog box, do one of the following:
If you selected Set to a specified date and time, enter a new date and time in the Corrected Time text box. You can also select the date and time values and then use the up and down arrow buttons to increase or decrease values.
If you selected Forward or delay certain number of hours, choose a value from the menu to increase or decrease the time.

Tutorial by Julieanne Kost.

Important: if there is more than one photograph selected in the Grid view photo, Lightroom changes the capture time for the active photo by the specified adjustment. (The active photo is previewed in the dialog Edit Capture Time). Other photos in the selection are adjusted according to the same time interval. If more than one selected in the Filmstrip in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, the capture time is changed only on the active photo.

Note: Edit Capture Time command can not be undone by pressing Ctrl + Z (Windows) or Command + Z (Mac OS). You must use the Change Capture Time To Original command.