Often, cameras will be set up with the wrong date and time, or will give your photos names like ‘IMG_1043’ that make individual shots very difficult to find. If you’re using two cameras this can be particularly awkward – when you come to combine your shots, the times and names will make keeping them in order a real hassle. Batch Change lets you select a whole group of photos and change the information associated with them in one fell swoop, to make organisation much more straightforward.
1 Select the shots
First, select the shots you want to change the information for. The camera wasn’t correctly set up here, so the photos have the wrong date and are lacking a name or description.
2 Batch Change
With all the shots you want to change selected, move your cursor up to the menubar, click Photos and select Batch Change from the list. A menu will slide in from the top.
3 Select the category
You’ll need to select the information you want to change from the drop-down menu at the top of the menu. There are only three options, but they offer plenty of scope.
First, we’ll change the title. Use the second drop- down to change the basis for the title, and if required input a basic title for your shots, then hit the Apply button.
Next, open the Batch Change menu again and select the Description option. Add any text you like, and remember that you can edit individual shot descriptions later if required.
6 Date and time?
You can also use the Batch Edit tool to change the date and time of photos, but this overwrites existing info with a set start point for the first photo and spaces the rest at regular intervals.
7 Adjust Date and Time
Instead, select Photos>Adjust Date and Time from the menubar. This enables you to adjust the time of the first shot and then have all your other shots pushed back or forward accordingly.
8 Set the time
Type or use the arrows to input a time for the earliest photo selected. This will set the time of the first shot, and all subsequent shots will be changed by the same amount.
9 Modify originals
In cases where the camera itself was wrong, you can check this box to alter the original photo files as well as the shots in iPhoto, so that they are correct everywhere on your Mac.
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