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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: ...
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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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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. ...
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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 Date Taken is a ...
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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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What might be the reason I cannot see the date a photo was taken in its metadata?

Gmail doesn't strip data from files (just sent myself a photo from my phone, and all the Exif is there, including GPS data). The "Share" function on smartphones may remove metadata for ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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): ...
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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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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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Any tool that would retrieve the ORIGINAL date a photo was created on even after it has been processed?

I think the correct answer here is just no, dates or other metadata do not get usually "engraved" or reliably stored, "no matter how much editing/processing work an image has undergone&...
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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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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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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

I had this problem with iCloud photos, for which Apple sets the download date to creation date (argh). Here my workflow with the free EXIFtool (long live to its author) steps to correct the date (set ...
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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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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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Any tool that would retrieve the ORIGINAL date a photo was created on even after it has been processed?

There should be an EXIF tag DateTimeOriginal that should have the exposure date and time. It can be rewritten by other programs but I don't see the purpose of rewriting it. Use EXIFTOOL or any other ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Corrupted Date Taken

That DateTimeOriginal tag is located in an extremely old and outdated group, not in the EXIF data. Windows wouldn't know how to read the APP14 PictureInfo group ...
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How do I decode the stamp on the back of this photograph

Certainly only developed there. These are markings added during the printing process. There is usually nothing on a film that tells where the photo was taken (except perhaps on very specialized ...
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Embossed date markings on old Kodachrome slide frame

By 1969 Kodachrome film was being developed by Kodak and also by many other photo labs. This slide was not processed at Kodak. I can tell that by the printing on the slide mount. This slide could be ...
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