Whenever i travel i take photos from both mobile phone as well as my DSLR. Later on i combine photos from both and select best photos. Problem is that because of different naming patterns in DSLR and mobile phone, the ordering of photos after combining is not as expected. I want photos of same place or photos taken at similar time to show up together. Any suggestions or solutions to achieve this?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Order by date/time? \$\endgroup\$
    – asquared
    Oct 4, 2019 at 16:19
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    \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"? \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Oct 5, 2019 at 6:35
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    \$\begingroup\$ Please provide more information. Are you managing all the photos primarily on a phone (which one and/or which os), or are you managing them on a computer (what OS)? Is your primary storage on a cloud service (if so, which one?) or are you managing them primarily using the local file system? Are you open to using photo management applications? \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Oct 5, 2019 at 14:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ @scottbb Thanks. I have added comment with your answer. It is a timezone issue. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lokesh
    Oct 8, 2019 at 8:46

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The simplest answer is to use photo management software to do the work for you, rather than worry about file name conventions.

Applications such as Apple's Photos (especially if you're on an iPhone), Google's Photo management (if you're in the Google ecosystem), etc., make it trivial to manage your photos from multiple camera sources.

Edit: You state that you use Google Photos, but it doesn't help you to sort photos by date taken. From the Google Photos Help page, How do we sort photos by date taken?

The main Google Photos timeline/library view always sorts pictures by the date they were taken, with the most recent at the top. If you've uploaded pictures and they aren't in the correct date order, that means the EXIF metadata for those pictures does not contain the correct entry for Date Taken (or it doesn't contain a date at all).

This is, unfortunately, not uncommon when pictures are downloaded from certain other online sources or if they are edited with certain apps/software. Some cloud storage sites strip out a picture's original metadata when you download it, so there won't be a date in the Date Taken section of the EXIF metadata.

In those cases, when you upload the pictures to Google Photos, the only date that exists in the metadata is the date you downloaded it from that other site, or the date you made the edits. So, Google has no choice but to use that date for sorting.

You should check your downloaded pictures before uploading to Google Photos to make sure the dates are accurate. Most computer operating systems can display the more common EXIF details of a picture if you right-click and look at the Properties. Look for the Date Taken entry and see what's there. If it's incorrect, or if it's blank, then that picture will not be in the right place when you upload it. You'll have to manually adjust the date.

So make sure the date/time in your DSLR is set correctly, and however you get those photos into Google Photos, make sure that process doesn't strip the date and time EXIF data from those images.

If the date/time was set differently in each of the cameras, you can deal with it after the fact by batch operation. Just be sure to only change the images from one camera so that they match the other.

How to shift EXIF date/time created by time in days, hours, minutes?

  • \$\begingroup\$ I use Google photos itself but it doesn't help with above scenario. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lokesh
    Oct 5, 2019 at 9:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for detailed answer. I see the issue now. Its a timezone issue. So My mobile automatically shifted to Japan timezone when i travelled but my camera stayed with India timezone which lead to photos not being organised. So google photos is working as it should, its my setup which caused the issue. \$\endgroup\$
    – Lokesh
    Oct 8, 2019 at 8:45
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Lokesh thanks for the follow up, I'm glad you figured out the issue. If you would like, you can post your comment as an answer (it's perfectly fine to answer your own question here), and even mark your own answer as the accepted answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – scottbb
    Oct 8, 2019 at 12:55

Ordering, or renaming, by timestamp is the obvious solution. But you have to take care to set the clock on your DSLR correctly, especially if you travel to different time zones and have your phone set to automatically obtain the network time.

There are various tools available to batch-change timestamps later, but that increases your workload, of course.


If you use Windows 10,

Right click start symbol (bottom left) and select 'File Explorer'.
Go to the folder that contains your photos.
There should be some tabs across the top of the page that say something like
   Name    Date modified    Type    Size
Right click to the right of Size
One of the options should be 'Date Created'
Select this to add a new tab
Click on the tab Date Created.
This should order ALL the files in this folder by their creation date i.e the date they were taken


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