Change the photo capture time

Sometimes you need to change the capture time for your photos. For example, you might need to change the capture times if you traveled to a different time zone and didn’t change your camera’s date/time setting before you started photographing, or if you imported a scanned photo into Lightroom, the photo would contain the creation date of when it was scanned, rather than when it was taken.

In order to save an edited capture time to a raw photo, you must enable the option in the Catalog Settings dialog box. See Change catalog settings.

Changing the capture time changes the Date Time Original EXIF metadata in the Metadata panel. For most cameras, Date Time Original and Date Time Digitized are the same, so Date Time Digitized changes, too. The Date Time metadata indicates the last time the photo was updated. This metadata is not affected when you change the photo capture time.

Note: The Edit Capture Time command cannot be undone by pressing Ctrl+Z (Windows) or Command+Z (Mac OS). You would need to use the Revert Capture Time To Original command.
  1. With one or more photos selected in the Grid view, or with a single photo selected in the Filmstrip in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, do one of the following:
    • Choose Metadata > Edit Capture Time.

    • In the Metadata panel with EXIF information displayed, click the arrow in the Date Time field.

  2. In the Edit Capture Time dialog box, select the type of adjustment:
    Adjust To A Specified Date And Time
    Changes the capture time to the date and time you specify.

    Shift By Set Number Of Hours (Time Zone Adjust)
    Changes the capture time by the number of hours you add to or subtract from the original time.

    Change To File Creation Date For Each Image
    Changes the capture time in the camera EXIF data to the file creation date. If you select this option, skip step 3.

  3. In the New Time area of the dialog box, do one of the following:
    • If you selected Adjust To A Specified Date And Time, type a new date and time in the Corrected Time text box. You can also select the date and time values and then use the Up or Down Arrow buttons to increase or decrease the values.

    • If you selected Shift By Set Number Of Hours, choose a value from the pop-up menu to adjust the time forward or back.

    Important: If more than one photo is selected in the Grid view, Lightroom changes the capture time for the active photo by the specified adjustment. (The active photo is previewed in the Edit Capture Time dialog box.) Other photos in the selection are adjusted by the same amount of time. If more than one photo is selected in the Filmstrip in Loupe, Compare, or Survey view, the capture time is changed only on the active photo.
  4. (Optional) To revert the capture time back to the original, select the photos in the Grid view or the Filmstrip and choose Metadata > Revert Capture Time To Original.