Capture date in Lightroom CC

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I have read through some of the other questions and I don't see a happy path. I am wondering if someone had a suggestion.

I am moving photos from prior years from and old PC to a drive and importing them into LR CC via MacBook. I am doing it old school because the PC doesn't have a great connection and that is a lot of files to move. The problem is the created date is being overwritten to today (day I copy it). The modified date still shows the original date the photo was taken but when it is imported to LR I have the most recent date and it is organized into a 2019 folder rather than 2013 (for example). So clearly it is reading the create date. There is no modified date in LRCC. (I believe there was in classic?)

See the image if that isn't totally clear.

Any suggestions on how to fix this short of modifying thousands of photos by hand in an interface that doesn't handle it well? Will code.

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Correct answer by Jim Wilde | Adobe Community Professional

Are those jpegs SOOC originals, or were they created by a save/export process? I suspect the latter, and I also suspect that metadata wasn't included during that process. In that event, all the EXIF data from the original, which includes all the capture date/time information, is not present in the file header.....that means that LRCC (or LR Classic) is not able to show the correct capture date/time, so defaults to the only date it can see, which is the file creation date/time.

Check one of the images, but not using "Get Info" as that doesn't show the image capture date, only the file creation/modified date. If you open the image file using Preview, then click on the Tools menu and select "Show Inspector", then click on the Exif tab under the "More Info" section of the Inspector, you'll then see what Exif information is available in the file. Here's an example of a file exported from LR Classic with "All Metadata" selected in the Export Dialog>Metadata panel:

More_Info1.png

As you can see, all the EXIF information, including the image capture date (Date Time Original) is correctly encoded in the file header, so LRCC would be able to show the correct capture date if I import it.

Here's the same file, this time exported with "Copyright Only" selected in the Export Dialog>Metadata panel:

More_Info_and_Export.png

Here, there is no EXIF data at all, so if I import that file into LRCC it will show the file creation date/time (10 minutes ago) as the "Capture Date".

So, check your files to make sure the valid capture date, not just the file creation date, is available in the file header. If it is, and LRCC still does not show it, then there's another problem here which we'll need to investigate further.

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Capture date in Lightroom CC

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I have read through some of the other questions and I don't see a happy path. I am wondering if someone had a suggestion.

I am moving photos from prior years from and old PC to a drive and importing them into LR CC via MacBook. I am doing it old school because the PC doesn't have a great connection and that is a lot of files to move. The problem is the created date is being overwritten to today (day I copy it). The modified date still shows the original date the photo was taken but when it is imported to LR I have the most recent date and it is organized into a 2019 folder rather than 2013 (for example). So clearly it is reading the create date. There is no modified date in LRCC. (I believe there was in classic?)

See the image if that isn't totally clear.

Any suggestions on how to fix this short of modifying thousands of photos by hand in an interface that doesn't handle it well? Will code.

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Correct answer by Jim Wilde | Adobe Community Professional

Are those jpegs SOOC originals, or were they created by a save/export process? I suspect the latter, and I also suspect that metadata wasn't included during that process. In that event, all the EXIF data from the original, which includes all the capture date/time information, is not present in the file header.....that means that LRCC (or LR Classic) is not able to show the correct capture date/time, so defaults to the only date it can see, which is the file creation date/time.

Check one of the images, but not using "Get Info" as that doesn't show the image capture date, only the file creation/modified date. If you open the image file using Preview, then click on the Tools menu and select "Show Inspector", then click on the Exif tab under the "More Info" section of the Inspector, you'll then see what Exif information is available in the file. Here's an example of a file exported from LR Classic with "All Metadata" selected in the Export Dialog>Metadata panel:

More_Info1.png

As you can see, all the EXIF information, including the image capture date (Date Time Original) is correctly encoded in the file header, so LRCC would be able to show the correct capture date if I import it.

Here's the same file, this time exported with "Copyright Only" selected in the Export Dialog>Metadata panel:

More_Info_and_Export.png

Here, there is no EXIF data at all, so if I import that file into LRCC it will show the file creation date/time (10 minutes ago) as the "Capture Date".

So, check your files to make sure the valid capture date, not just the file creation date, is available in the file header. If it is, and LRCC still does not show it, then there's another problem here which we'll need to investigate further.

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Are those jpegs SOOC originals, or were they created by a save/export process? I suspect the latter, and I also suspect that metadata wasn't included during that process. In that event, all the EXIF data from the original, which includes all the capture date/time information, is not present in the file header.....that means that LRCC (or LR Classic) is not able to show the correct capture date/time, so defaults to the only date it can see, which is the file creation date/time.

Check one of the images, but not using "Get Info" as that doesn't show the image capture date, only the file creation/modified date. If you open the image file using Preview, then click on the Tools menu and select "Show Inspector", then click on the Exif tab under the "More Info" section of the Inspector, you'll then see what Exif information is available in the file. Here's an example of a file exported from LR Classic with "All Metadata" selected in the Export Dialog>Metadata panel:

More_Info1.png

As you can see, all the EXIF information, including the image capture date (Date Time Original) is correctly encoded in the file header, so LRCC would be able to show the correct capture date if I import it.

Here's the same file, this time exported with "Copyright Only" selected in the Export Dialog>Metadata panel:

More_Info_and_Export.png

Here, there is no EXIF data at all, so if I import that file into LRCC it will show the file creation date/time (10 minutes ago) as the "Capture Date".

So, check your files to make sure the valid capture date, not just the file creation date, is available in the file header. If it is, and LRCC still does not show it, then there's another problem here which we'll need to investigate further.

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Yep, you are correct. That was vintage iphoneography. I was doing a lot of manipulating using iPhone and iPad apps and not all of them retained the EXIF data. I even had an app to deal with that. Too bad they doubled the price of classic which i had been leaning towards returning to. I would try to fix them but it will probably be easier to purge whatever is part of the 'growing as an artist' process from what is actually interesting and fix those. Thanks for your help.

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michanne5  wrote

Too bad they doubled the price of classic which i had been leaning towards returning to.

No, they haven't doubled the price of Classic....Adobe were doing some "split-testing" which basically hid the $9.99 Photography Plan from some users, but following the inevitable outcry I believe everything has returned to normal.

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Oh thank you! I am so discouraged with LRCC!

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