Will sorting by capture time work for you?
Well I just figured out a fix. As it turns out LR does export the file info for the original date and time. In Windows explorer sort all files in order of date/time. That will give you an order of time taken. If it's sorted in the wrong direction just click the button again. Then select all photos, right click on the 1st photo and rename it whatever you want then click enter. The consecutive files will be renamed the same with the addition of a number starting from 1 then 2...3 and so on. Problem solved.
There is however no option in LR to sort photos in the catalog by anything but filename.
Yes that did work Jim. I thought after exporting from LR the files were saved with a time stamp of when the files were exported. They however are exported with the original file date and time which can be then sorted in Windows explorer, renamed and windows assigns a consecutive number to the remaining files on your selected list.
Thank Your Sir for replying.
LR however, dosen't have an option to sort files in the catalog by anything other than filename which is the default.
Really? One of the sort options is to sort by Capture Time. You can sort by capture time, file name, added order, edit time and several other options. Where did you get the idea that file name is the only option?
Are you talking about sorting the pictures already imported in LR. If so, how
Thank you WobertC
I didn't see that. toolbar was turned on but I overlooked it. LR has many controls in many different locations.
I also had to change the capture time on my D800 as it was 1hr off. My fault. Now I sorted by camera and am manually changing the capture time of the affected photos.
Thank you so much.
Thank you Jim. I have it figured out now. WobertC sent me a screen shot.
Thank you again
Oh BTW sorting is only visible while in Grid view. It isn't there in Loupe view. Thats why I couldn't fine it. It should be visible in Loupe view also.
Actually I'm wrong. I had the sort option ticked off while in Loupe view. Now all is well...
It should be visible in Loupe view also.
You cannot sort ONE image!!!
But OK, for the Filmstrip to be sorted you need to first sort in Grid view. A quick press of G then E toggles from Grid to LoupE.
Film strip sorts even when in Loupe view. I just checked and images move around in the strip with one image selected and shown in the Loupe view.
Not sure in amongst all the posts on this subject if this has already been addressed so forgive me if I missed something. Within LR6 I am trying to just sort on Capture Time (easy enough) and not have the influence of Camera Type overriding this. So far not having much luck.
Can you explain a little more what you mean by "influence of Camera Type"?
Do you perhaps have a Filter also active? [Ctrl+L] to enable/disable filters.
Hi WobertC thanks for your reply - Maybe that the problem as I have already assigned a series of 'star ratings' to my images in this folder. Would this explain why 'capture date' is being ignored?
So in my selection I have all my D750 (24-70mm) images displaying at the beginning of the folder and my D810 (70-200mm) with the same exposure date at the end. Its big folder 5000+ images and I have selected 1300 for 4 & 5 star rating and I am trying to reduce this to 400 images at 5 stars. Having these star rated images split like this makes it challenging to make the final selection when they are not presented contiguously. Any solutions to this dilemma?
No, "Capture Time" sort would not be affected by filters.
I can only suggest that the cameras were not set to the same time&date. Check the metadata of some images from both cameras for that. If cameras were set different, you can use Lightroom to correct the sort by changing their Capture Time. (Metadata>Edit Capture Time)
If I understand you are trying to 'narrow' your selection of the "1300 4 & 5 starred" photos, that should be easy by setting attributes on the filter bar to narrow the selection.
With my catalog "All Photographs" will sort correctly by 'Capture Time' irrespective of any camera or attributes.
Taking your suggestion I have checked the Metadata of two example images exposed on the same day and date (6 Aug 2014) the first occurs at #521 in Loupe View and the second image the same date (different camera & lens) appearing at #1284 in Loupe View. I checked the two filter settings (a. sort by 'capture date) and (b. sort by 'star rating' > than and equal to 4*).
I did however note the file type varied between the two camera. The first was a *.DNG and the second a RAW image as *.NEF. Would this account for the difference? If so can it be resolved (ie. post exposure) to meet my objective?
two example images exposed on the same day and date
And- Did you compare the TIME of the images? because this will also affect the "Capture Time" sort.
I checked the two filter settings (a. sort by 'capture date) and (b. sort by 'star rating' > than and equal to 4*).
I am not certain you understand the difference between 'Sort' and 'Filter'.
The Filter for Attributes- only shows you the images for the attribute/s you toggle on. eg. Toggle on the 'Flagged' attribute and you will see only Flagged photos in the grid.
The Sort options (below the Grid preview window) will set the Sort method for the photos you see in the Grid View.
So in the example: Filter by Star Rating, and Sort by Capture Time: This will not separate the photos by Camera type (OR File type) IF both cameras were set to the same 'Time of day'.
So, again, check two photos from each camera that you KNOW (by comparing subject matter) were taken at the same Time of day (Hour/minutes) then tell me if the cameras were set to the same Time of Day.
Ok so just confirming the settings of (a. sort by 'capture date) and (b. filter by 'star rating' > than and equal to 4*).
Capture date and time: #521 as 6 Aug 2014 - 5:07:11pm and the second image (position #1284) 6 Aug 2014 - 5:05:30pm. I should add that between these two images there are range of capture dates (and times) that are all nicely chronologically ordered, but the sequencing seems to be only divided by camera type....
Are there some critical sceenshots that I can display to show this to you?
sceenshots that I can display
In the Grid view, press J to toggle on the info on the thumbnail borders,
Press [Ctrl+J] for the Library View Options, and set one of the "Expanded Cell Extras" to shoe Capture Date/Time
Now you can view that data on each thumbnail.
So if you are "Sorting" by Capture Time, and the subject matter in the photos does not "Look" to be in sequence (IGNORING the recorded metadata Time/Date) then- Your cameras must have been set to a different Time-of-day!
If the cameras were not "in sync" for Date/Time then the Photos will not be "in sync", hence the apparent sort by camera.
So show a screen clip of the Grid view window with the Date/Time metadata showing.
Hi WobertC, my sincere apologies to you for the efforts you have made in trying to help me. I have located the problem and it is as you have suggested, date related after all! While the day and time were set correctly the year was exactly one year out, 2014 vs 2015. I am not sure how I missed this as I checked several times. Thanks again for you help and patience in this matter, a bit of a lesson learnt here for me.....