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resetting Capture TIME.. on Canon files in Photo Mech
David Burnett, Photographer
Arlington | VA | usa | Posted: 9:55 AM on 08.02.10
->> Is there a way to reset the capture time on a series of files shot with one of three cameras, which I forgot to zero in to a time zone change, and (working with 2 other photogs) since it remains 2 hours "early" from all the other cameras.. the images won't mesh in a Grand Edit. The question is.. can you take those files.. and somehow add two hours to their "capture" time after they are shot?
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Dennis Wierzbicki, Photographer
Plainfield | IL | USA | Posted: 10:01 AM on 08.02.10
->> From the PM manual:

"For multiple camera environments such as sporting events, it is often critical to synchronize all the cameras down to the second if photos from multiple cameras are to be viewed together.

This tool can be used to either “Adjust Relative” or “Adjust Absolute”.
If you know your camera clock was off by some time delta (e.g. three hours since you changed three time zones), simply dial in the delta time (or even days) in the Adjust Relative section. For example, if you live in Boston and you went to vacation or work in San Diego without adjusting your camera clock, then set the Hours control to -3 to adjust the capture times of the photos from the Eastern to the Pacific time zone.

To precisely adjust the capture times, use the Adjust Absolute controls to set the absolute time a photo was taken. For example, with multiple cameras at a sporting event, make sure all cameras take a photo of the game clock (or some other common clock that shows seconds). Then select the photos from one camera, locate the photo of the clock using the arrow buttons under the photo, then dial-in the actual capture time of the photo shows using the controls to the bottom-right of the photo. A relative time will be calculated from that photo and applied to all the selected photos.
With the three checkboxes at the bottom you can also choose to update the file system’s creation and/or modification date/time, or the IPTC/XMP date/time."

Hope this helps.
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Jamie Sabau, Photographer
Pickerington | OH | US | Posted: 10:39 AM on 08.02.10
->> David,

Select all the photos you want to adjust, go under the Tools menu and select Adjust Capture Dates and Times.

Use the dialog box to reset the date, time (down to the second if you wish).

I use this all the time when I forget to synch the clocks in all my cameras when running multiple remotes. It's a butt-saver.
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 12:07 PM on 08.02.10
->> Another suggestion.

Set all of your cameras clocks to GMT/UTC and then leave them alone. No time zone changes!
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 1:42 PM on 08.02.10
->> David, I thought you had the ability to bend time at will so you always get the light just how you want it.


Jim, the only problem with GMT and no time zones is the fact there are time zones. If you say "I shot this on Tuesday" others may look at it and say "the file says you shot it on Wednesday" and create a few hassles.
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David Burnett, Photographer
Arlington | VA | usa | Posted: 2:28 PM on 08.02.10
->> thanks guys and gals.. for the tech tip...

reporting from Greenwich, where i am looking for a scottish egg and a pint at 0300...

db
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 2:31 PM on 08.02.10
->> "If you say "I shot this on Tuesday" others may look at it and say "the file says you shot it on Wednesday"'

But if you say that you shot it at XX:XX GMT there's no problem.
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 3:03 PM on 08.02.10
->> But, Jim, you expect these people to know what GMT is.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 3:53 PM on 08.02.10
->> just who are "these people" of which you speak?
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 4:19 PM on 08.02.10
->> Chuck "these people" relate to clients and editors, many of the ones I've encountered over the years would wonder exactly what this "green-witch" is and why is it mean.
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George Bridges, Photographer, Photo Editor
Washington | DC | USA | Posted: 4:37 PM on 08.02.10
->> And for those of you wondering, I've known Jim, Chuck and David for some time (shooting alongside Jim and David in Washington and Chuck at various events) and I'm just kidding.

I just don't want all the editors (like me) out there to think I'm attacking their mental status. But as for clients, I'll let the comment stand.

If it weren't for the fact it would confuse me too much then Jim's idea is a good one. But it is true that David can summon up beautiful evening light even at high noon on a cloudless day. He has that kind of power over the universe.
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Jim Colburn, Photo Editor, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 5:44 PM on 08.02.10
->> I've always thought of it as a quasi-legal thing so that if I ever had to testify as to when a photo was taken I'd just be able to say that all my cameras are always set at GMT so add or subtract the time zones from that to the place the picture was taken. Just trying to make life easier for myself.
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