When I attempt to change a selection of images (JPEG) in grid view in the library module that are all in the same folder of Lightroom CC 2015 the capture date will not uniformly change
To test my understanding: You select multiple images and invoke Metadata > Edit Capture Time. You enter a date/time, e.g. "1/2/2016 10:25:00" and click Change All. You're expecting all of the images to be set to that very same date/time but they're not.
If my understanding is correct, then you have a misunderstanding of how Edit Capture Time works. When you enter a new date/time, all of the selected photos' date/times will be shifted by the difference between the new date/time and the original shown in the window.
If my understanding is incorrect, please provide more detail about what you're observing: The original date/time, the new date/time you enter, the unexpected date/time that results. A full-resolution screen shot of your entire LR window would be very helpful too.
thank you so much for your thoughtful reply. Prior to getting your message I tried "trashing" the preference (plist) file for Lightroom. That didn't work. Next, mostly by trial and error, I tried this maneuver: first I selected all the photos for synchronization with a new time, then I used command S to save the metadata in those files, then I changed the date and again used command S to save the metadata a second time; Voila! this seemed to work. Now I can again batch change the date on selected photos. I really don't know why this worked. But it did. I suspect the phenomenon you describe above was actually happening as the erratic changes in capture date that I experienced previously did seem to be a point between the old date and the date I chose in the "edit capture time" window. Do you or anyone else know why my fix worked? In the past I did not routinely save the metadata after each change in keyword or date or file name. But now that I am doing this everything seems to be working again. (at least for now)
thanks again for your comments.
Hmm, doing Metadata > Save Metadata To File shouldn't have any effect on how the Edit Capture Time command works. So I'm not sure what you're experience or why.
You could try setting the option Catalog Settings > Metadata > Automatically Write Changes Into XMP -- that will avoid the need to manually save the metadata back to the file.
I know this sounds weird, but I actually had the catalog settings to automatically write changes in XMP and that didn't work previously. I know this all sounds crazy!. But heh, things are working again. Maybe trashing my preferences actually fixed whatever the devil was wrong. Maybe my obsessive and repeated saving of metadata isn't doing what I think it is. .However, oddly, when I stopped doing this the darn problem recurred. . Also maybe somebody at Adobe will read this and provide an explanation.
By the way if indeed Lightroom does shift the date of the photo when an entry is made into "edit capture date" (the last of the three buttoned options and not the middle one) this is cockeyed and crazy and highly unfriendly to ordinary users like me. Why in the world would they do this? Again thanks for your interest.
(the last of the three buttoned options and not the middle one)
Do you mean this button:
Selecting the option "Change to file creation date for each image" doesn't do what you probably think it is doing. It sets the metadata capture date/time of the photo to the date/time that the file was created on disk or on the memory card. That is often but not always the date/time the photo was taken. In particular, whenever you make edits to a JPEG or change its metadata, LR can change the file creation date to "now".
Long-time Mac users expect software tools on the Mac to maintain file creation date, but these days there is a significant fraction of apps and utilities, including Apple programs, that don't properly preserve the file creation date. Windows apps generally don't preserve file creation date either. That's why the industry standards focus on saving the capture date in the photo metadata itself. So in general, you should use one of the first two options, not the last.
I am having a similar problem. I am trying to sync photos by changing the Capture time. I have successfully done this in the past.
It still works on my Win10 LR CC PC. It dose not work on my late 2015 iMac 27" with LR CC. I do not have the option to 'Change ALL'.
-I select ALL photos
-I select metatdata/Edit Capture Time/Adjust to a specific Daate and Time
--Problem is 'Change ALL' is not available
**Only 1 file is changed...
Any ideas would be most helpful...
-I select ALL photos
-I select metatdata/Edit Capture Time/Adjust to a specific Date and Time
--Problem is 'Change ALL' is not available
This is a different problem from the previous poster. I think the most efficient way to troubleshoot this is: Select two photos and do Metadata > Edit Capture Time. Post a full-resolution screenshot of the LR window showing the two photos selected and the Edit Capture Time dialog. Screenshots often give clues as to what's going on. (You can't attach a screenshot to an email reply -- you have to come back to the Web to reply.)
Thank you for taking the time to reply. While I was on hold with Adobe LR Support, I received a reply to my post on DPreview.com. It was suggested that I change the Sync settings in the Library Module to 'Auto Sync'.
This resolved the issue. When I selected multiple images in Metadata and Selected 'Edit Capture Time', 'Change All was shown and worked perfectly.
Adobe Tech mentioned that this was a setting in the Mac version of LR CC.
Hope this helps others....
Thx again, this is an excellent Forum for sharing......
Glad you got something working. But beware that turning on Auto Sync can be very risky, since changes will get silently propagated to all selected photos.
Also, this is clearly a bug -- you shouldn't have to enable Auto Sync to get the Change All button to appear. You could try resetting LR's preferences: Resetting the lightroom preferences file - updated - Lightroom Forums. That magic spell often works to fix LR when its user interface goes south.
Auto Sync appears at the bottom of the right column in Library when you have Metadata > Show Metadata For Target Photo Only checked.
Phil, that suggests another (perhaps safer) workaround to the bug, if resetting preferences doesn't work: Try unchecking Metadata > Show Metadata For Target Photo Only. That shouldn't affect whether the Change All button appears in a correctly working LR, but perhaps it will "fix" your buggy behavior.