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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

ExifTool is pretty much the Swiss army chainsaw for doing these kinds of things. It has a steep learning curve, but once you're over it, the kind of renaming you're after is a snap: exiftool -d '%Y%...
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How can I decode information on back of printed photo?

Those appear to be codes from a Fuji Frontier automatic film processing lab machine or one of its older predecessors. Such machines were/are popular at mass retailers who did/do one hour photo ...
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Canon EOS 50D forgets date every time battery is changed

I'd change the CR2016 anyway* - they're only about a buck even at full retail price - & see if it improves. Also give the contacts a quick spray with contact cleaner or 90% isopropyl & allow ...
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Why don't Exif tags contain time zone information?

EXIF v2.31 (p49) defined time-zone offset fields in 2016 and the XMP time-zone guidelines (p33-34) also consider time-zones. The implementation in cameras and programs is rather minimalist at the ...
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Software to cross-check EXIF date taken vs date in filename?

ExifTool is a cross-platform tool which will work from the Windows command line. It is very powerful, with a perl-based syntax allowing comparison of various metadata. In a directory full of JPEG ...
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Is "Date Taken" Exif data possible on .PNG file, and is it possible to copy "Date Modified" to "Date Taken"?

What Windows displays under the "Date Taken" property isn't an embedded tag. It fills that property from a number of tags depending upon the file type. For example, for a JPG, Windows will use any of ...
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Why don't Exif tags contain time zone information?

CIPA DC- 008 is the standard for Exif 2.2. Of note it makes no mention of "timezone." "GMT" is also not mentioned either. The term "UTC" does appear but only specifies the GPS time is recorded as such....
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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

For simple things where the flexibility, power, and complication of ExifTool aren't necessary, I like to use the tool jhead. It's a command-line tool available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. jhead -n%Y%...
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Use DateCreated for DateTaken (CreationTime) on a PNG using ExifTool

As long as you have the filename set as you mention, the command you want to use is exiftool "-PNG:CreationTime<Filename" FileOrDir As @cmason mentions, PNG doesn't support the EXIF standard. ...
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Is "Date Taken" Exif data possible on .PNG file, and is it possible to copy "Date Modified" to "Date Taken"?

Very recent versions of PNG support EXIF, but a lot of software still does not understand or work with it. The lack of a standardized metadata block has been one of its big disadvantages for ...
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Why does my point and shoot camera lose the date/time when I turn it off?

The internal clock in a camera requires power to keep running. In some cameras, the clock runs off a separate battery from the main one. This secondary clock battery (often a small button cell) may ...
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Any tool that would retrieve the ORIGINAL date a photo was created on even after it has been processed?

Photo metadata, such as EXIF metadata, is written into a RAW, TIFF, or JPEG file in a data section which sits alongside the image (pixel) data. Data can be added, edited, or removed without affecting ...
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ExifTool command (Windows 10) to move files to a separate directory if the modified-date is later than the date-taken

Try this command: exiftool -d "%Y:%m:%d %H:%M:%S" -r -if "$FileModifyDate gt $DateTimeOriginal" -directory=/path/to/modified/ /path/to/source This checks the FileModifyDate to see ...
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How can I prove an edited photo was taken on a particular date/time?

Simple answer: you can't prove anything. A (digital) photo is just a sequence of ones and zeros (bits) on a disk somewhere, and anyone with enough time, money and dedication could get those bits to ...
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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

I use the following script, placed in ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts (this should work for any Linux distro using Nautilus as a file manager): #!/bin/bash exiftool -fileOrder DateTimeOriginal -...
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Can I make my Nikon DSLR put photos in separate folders per day?

There's no way to assign a date-based filename on-camera. However, there are quite a few pieces of software that will help do just this when ingesting photos from the memory card to your computer, ...
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Can I find anything out from numbers on the back of old photos?

The number is called a "twin check". A number was assigned the roll of film. Usually assigned in the order opened at the sorting table. The prints made from that roll are given the same number. The 3R ...
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What does number after apostrophe mean on a photo?

It is day/month/year. It is not uncommon though for the date to be incorrectly set in camera (even today, a shocking number of images are shot in 1970 as 1970-01-01T00:00:00 is the epoch of the time ...
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Is there a standard convention for indicating precision in jpeg metadata timestamps?

Technically according to the EXIF specs, you would use spaces in places where the number isn't known. So August 1963 would be "1963:08: : : ". But not all programs might be able to ...
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How to use exiftool to write date tags according to file path?

Basically, the command would be something like this ExifTool "-TAG<Directory" <DIR or FILE> assuming that the directory structure is numeric e.g. 2015/07/04 But there may be problems ...
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Why is the EXIF time different from the time the image was captured?

EXIF tag DateTime is the data and time that the image was last modified and will be rewritten if the image is moved from one directory to another. EXIF Tag DateTimeOriginal is the capture data and ...
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dating photos by size of print

Using the print size or border style seems like a long shot to me. That could be influenced by film brand, paper brand, chosen print lab and country, let alone time frame. If you do get a time frame, ...
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Is there a Windows program to edit photo time stamp in batch like in Google Photos?

You could try the (free) PyExifToolGUI which is a actually a frontend for the command line tool ExifTool. I don't know if the Windows installer needs you to install ExitTool (and several Python ...
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How can I decode information on back of printed photo?

Codes like this on the rear of photo prints had a different intended purpose to Exif data in your digital photos. When prints were made, oftentimes there were "corrections" applied, to adjust colours, ...
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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

Thanks all but I ended up using AmoK EXIF Sorter, a free app that does it all simply, quickly and effectively.
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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

Let me share a simple, wonderful and free tool that I have just used to rename a mess of several hundreds of pictures to their taken dates - it is called Namexif. What I had to do manually is to ...
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Nikon MF-29 date back usage and imprint location

So where on the film does the MF-29 imprint the data, and are there any examples online that show this information? The old listing at B&H says it imprints it within the frame. So does an old ...
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Change EXIF and/or Creation date based on folder name

Assuming there are no other numbers in the directory path, you could use exiftool "-AllDates<$Directory 00:00:00" /path/to/files That would set the EXIF timestamps to midnight on the date ...
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Retrieving the original date of a .JPG

As the comments say, there's no "hidden" data. From the looks of that output, all the data has been stripped away. Everything that's left is properties of the file system (file permissions, ...
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Is there a Windows program to edit photo time stamp in batch like in Google Photos?

After some more googling and looking around I found jhead http://www.sentex.net/~mwandel/jhead/ Windows users: download the "Pre-built Windows executable" jhead.exe and place it into the folder with ...
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