Trouble exporting with 'Date Taken' or Original "Created Date" instead of today's date

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Aug 27, 2022 Aug 27, 2022

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How can I overwrite the "Created Date" to keep the original date (either original Created Date or Date Taken) the file was created and not today's during the LrC export process?

 

I am exporting pictures on Windows 10 Lightroom Classic (23.5) and applying a 'limit file size' to reduce my iphone's photo library storage. I include "All metadata" in the LrC export process. In the new files that are created, the "Created Date" (which is the date iphones and computers use to order files chronologically by default) is today's date. The "Date Taken" (date taken applies to pictures taken with a camera only) is still there so I haven't lost the metadata during my export process.

 

How can I overwrite the "Created Date" to keep the original date (either original Created Date or Date Taken) the file was created and not today's during the LrC export process?

 

The other answers in this forum have been for computer users who are able to utalize their finder/file explorer's ordering system to view their pictures in their original capature dates, this isn't an option on iphone.

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Aug 27, 2022 Aug 27, 2022

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I don't think you can. When you export an image, you create a new version of that image and so the creation date of that file is indeed today. 

 

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Aug 27, 2022 Aug 27, 2022

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@justinlucas wrote:

The other answers in this forum have been for computer users who are able to utalize their finder/file explorer's ordering system to view their pictures in their original capature dates, this isn't an option on iphone.


 

Actually, it isn’t an option on iOS or macOS. Windows does provide Date Taken (EXIF capture date) as a sorting option, but macOS provides only the file system (not camera) Date Created or Date Modified. iOS just provides the vague “Date” which I guess means file (not camera) creation date.

 

When preparing Lightroom Classic images to use on a file system that can’t sort by the EXIF capture date, two possible solutions are:

  • Have Lightroom Classic add the date and time to the beginning of the filename during export (using a file rename token), and then on the other file system (e.g., macOS or iOS) sort by Name. 
  • Or, after export, use a separate utility (such as A Better Finder Attributes) to copy the EXIF capture date to the file creation date, and then on the other file system, sort by Date Created.

 

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You can use the Metadata Wrangler plugin to set the operating-system Date Created and Date Modified of exported photos to the capture date recorded in the photo's metadata.  Use this option way at the very end of the plugin's options in the Export window:

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