Change “Date Created” using EXIF “Date Captured”

If you are like me, you tend to use Lightroom or other 3rd Party photo editor on your RAW images and then export the hi-res .jpg to a folder and then import the images to iPhoto or Photos on Mac (El Capitain).  This creates a problem with the “Date Created” info on the file.  Instead of showing the date and time the image was captured, it shows the date and time the image was exported to .JPG; then when you import the photos to iPhoto, they are not placed in the proper order within your library.

For example:

I went on a vacation back in August 2015 but I did not have time to edit the images until December 2015.  After exporting the images to iPhoto, it considers them images take in December.  So how do you correct this?

After much searching and many offers from Apple Store Products… I found a free and very powerful software solution.

XNViewMP0.68 >>>Download HERE>>> OR>>>> Download HERE

It’s very simple to use.

Step 1:  Download and install the software

Step 2: In XNViewMP, go to the folder that has the images that you need to change the “Date Created” or “Date Modified”.

Step 3:  Select All images (Command + A)

Step 4: Click on “Tools” in the toolbar.  Select “Change Timestamp”

Step 5: In the “Use” settings, select the 3rd option and change the drop down menu to “EXIF: Date Taken”.  In the “Change” settings, select the 1st option “File: Modified Date”.  Ensure that the info on the right is correct.

Step 6: Click “Write All”.  Once the operation is complete and you have verified that the data has been written correctly by going into finder and using “Get Info” on the images, then you can Close XNViewMP.

Step 7: Drag and drop your newly modified image files into iPhoto (Photos)

 

Hope that helps some of you that are having this challenge with date time stamps.