How To Correct Timestamp On Photos And Images
You have just copied your photos from the digital camera to your Windows computer and noticed that the date taken of the photos is not correct. The computer has taken the date of copying as the new creation date. Furthermore, when looking through your holiday photos you have noticed that the timestamp of the photos is wrong. The camera had set a wrong date at the time of shooting. You may have been in a different time zone, missed to set the daylight saving time or simply set an incorrect date which you want to correct now.
The video tutorial below shows how easy you can restore the correct creation date of your photos. For more detailed information please read the following article below.
Procedure by File Date Corrector
Learn how easy and fast you can restore the original creation date of your photos by using File Date Corrector. How to take into account incorrect time settings on your camera and provide old images with a creation date before 1980.
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1. Extracting Metadata From EXIF and IPTC
2. Show Incorrect Creation Date
3. Wrong Time Settings On Camera At The Time Of Shooting
4. Set File Date To A Time Before 1980
5. Make Date Corrections Directly On Your Smartphone
6. List And Print Possible Date Corrections
File Date Corrector reads the original creation and modification date of your photos and images from EXIF and IPTC metadata in order to subsequently correct the system provided date “Created” and “Modified”. The photos can then be sorted on your computer in a correct chronological order and, if needed, reused in another application with the correct dates.
After having selected the folder with the desired images and photos click on “Preview” in order to see the columns “Created currently” informing about the actual system provided creation date and “Created correction” showing the original creation date (date taken) extracted from the metadata (EXIF / IPTC).
If the camera had incorrect time settings at the time of shooting, the timestamp in the metadata (EXIF / IPTC) created by the camera will not be correct. However, File Date Corrector can consider this during the correction process of the original creation date (date taken) and correct it accordingly.
Under the tab “Set File Date” you can shift the date “Created correction” by hours, minutes and seconds and compensate for the wrong time set on the camera.
Example: If the original date taken was in reality one day earlier, you can consider this in your correction and shift the date “Created correction” by “minus 24 hours”. The “Preview” shows then that the creation date to be corrected is shifted by one day back compared to date taken extracted from the metadata.
Do you have old scanned images on your computer containing the scan date (as EXIF date taken) but the system shows a wrong creation date? File Date Corrector enables you to correct this.
File Date Corrector allows to modify file dates back to the year 1601. Unfortunately, Windows Explorer can still not display file lists including file dates before 1980, although Windows basically manages dates as of January 1, 1601 and displays the information in the properties dialog box of each file.
Tip: Would you like to list, print and export file lists including file dates before 1980? Check the software Directory List & Print including extensive functions to create individual file and folder lists.
File Date Corrector can read all data accessible through a drive letter. This can be achieved by assigning a network drive with drive letter to a device or storage media.
In order to enable access to your smartphone by File Date Corrector open the menu “Setup / Map Network Drive”. Select then a free drive letter and specify the network path to your smartphone, as for example a network address such as “\\192.168.5.12\MySharedData\”. Refer to the manual of your device for instructions on how to specify the network path, or try to find the device by clicking “Browse” next to the input field. Afterwards you can access the device using the new drive letter.
Alternatively, you can assign a drive letter to your smartphone by using Windows Explorer as follows:
Open Windows Explorer and click on the corresponding device name, such as MYSPACE or MYDEVICE on the left. Then, the shared folders on this device are displayed on the right side. Click with the right mouse button on a shared folder, choose “Map Network drive…” and select a drive letter. In the field “Folder” you will see the device address as for example “\\MYDEVICE\MyDirectory”. Press the button “Finish”. A drive letter is now available for the corresponding device.
Would you like to create a list of the intended date corrections? As of version 1.23 File Date Corrector allows to save the information and date corrections displayed in the preview as PDF print-file, EXCEL table and TEXT-file.
Open the context menu by clicking with the right mouse button in the preview section and select the option “Save file list”. In the following dialog box specify the output format and a file name.
File Date Corrector enables to restore easy and fast the original date taken of photos and images and correct the creation date on your computer. When proceeding date corrections, the software can consider wrong time settings on the camera at the time of shooting. Furthermore, File Date Corrector allows to provide your older images with a creation date before 1980 back to the year 1601.