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Automatically refile all photos that have the date creation date changed.

Participant ,
Oct 11, 2023 Oct 11, 2023

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How can I do this?

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Community Expert , Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

It would be useful to have a plugin for this purpose.

Currently my method is to filter photos for the 'new' date and simply drag the selected photos to an appropriate existing 'date' folder. Not terribly difficult.

 

If a folder does not already exist for the 'new' date- my procedure is this-

1) Filter photos for a Date (the new creation date)

2) Select all photos

3) [Right-Click] on a 'parent' folder for which you want to create a dated sub-folder

2023-10-20 09_44_46-Roberts Catalog-v13 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic - Library.jpg

4) Choose [Create Folder Inside"xxxx"...]

5) A

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Community Expert , Oct 20, 2023 Oct 20, 2023

You can do this semi-automatically. Make sure you change the dates before you do other things, that will be best:

1: Select all the photos and change the date. Note you can let Lightroom write date changes into the original file!

2: Export all the photos 'as original'. This will export them with an XMP sidecar file, so the date change will be in there if you did not write it to file.

3: Delete all the selected photos from the catalog and from disk.

4: Import the exported photos back into the cat

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Oct 11, 2023 Oct 11, 2023

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I posted too soon.  If I use a date-based folder structure and if I change the creation date of a photo, can I select affected photos and have Lightroom move them to the correct YYYY-MM-DD folder.

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Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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I just got an email from Adobe which included:

 

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Short answer.  NO!  And there were no other replies, because I suspect that this qestion highlights a missing capability in LrC.

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Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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Automatically? No

 

Manually? Yes

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Oct 19, 2023 Oct 19, 2023

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The point of my request is that Lightroom can move these redated photos automatically (after selection), so I don't have to do it manually. That is time-consuming and error-prone.  I would be happy if a plug-in author wrote a routine for this purpose.

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It would be useful to have a plugin for this purpose.

Currently my method is to filter photos for the 'new' date and simply drag the selected photos to an appropriate existing 'date' folder. Not terribly difficult.

 

If a folder does not already exist for the 'new' date- my procedure is this-

1) Filter photos for a Date (the new creation date)

2) Select all photos

3) [Right-Click] on a 'parent' folder for which you want to create a dated sub-folder

2023-10-20 09_44_46-Roberts Catalog-v13 - Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic - Library.jpg

4) Choose [Create Folder Inside"xxxx"...]

5) Answer the prompts - New Folder name. Include selected photos. Create.

2023-10-20 09_45_27-Create Folder.jpg

Done!  New Folder created. Photos automatically moved to the new folder.

Also not a terribly onerous a task.

I use this method for my many scanned film photos from the 90's. Change their creation date- Move them to an appropriate dated folder (eg. 1999-12-01, etc).

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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Rob,

 

That's pretty much what I do today, manually of course, but that method becomes onerous if there are a lot of different dates involved.

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"It would be useful to have a plugin for this purpose."

 

Unfortunately, the LR plugin SDK doesn't provide methods for moving or deleting photos.

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You can do this semi-automatically. Make sure you change the dates before you do other things, that will be best:

1: Select all the photos and change the date. Note you can let Lightroom write date changes into the original file!

2: Export all the photos 'as original'. This will export them with an XMP sidecar file, so the date change will be in there if you did not write it to file.

3: Delete all the selected photos from the catalog and from disk.

4: Import the exported photos back into the catalog using your normal dated folder destination setup.

5: If you always change the file name on import using the capture date, also do so with the imported photos (you may need to use an adapted template).

 

-- Johan W. Elzenga

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