Turn off the date stamp

Do you have a digtial camera where it is possible to add a date stamp to the pictures you are taking?

Even though it may sound like a fantastic tool (so you always know exactly when a photo was taken), that date stamp might get in the way when you are creating beautiful photo books or calendars…

If you have your date stamp on your photos because you want to know when a photo was taken, but don’t like the date in the corner of each photo when you are creating your photo books, then I’ve got some good news for you.

There are some other ways of finding out when a picture was taken, so you can turn the date stamp off!

One easy way of adding a date to your pictures is to add the date when you download the photos from your camera. You can name each photo, usually automatically, when you download. For example, try adding the date like this ‘2012-02-22’ which makes your photo names look like this:

  • 2012-02-22 IMG_0001
  • 2012-02-22 IMG_0002
  • 2012-02-22 IMG_0003

That way the photos are in chronological order and the software automatically adds the IMG and number, all you have to do is add the date.

This can also be done after you downloaded the photos. For example if you have photos called IMG_0001, IMG_0002, IMG_0003, etc you can rename all the photos from the same day with the date in front. Use software like Adobe Bridge for example to batch rename (all at once) your photos otherwise you might have to spend a lot of time changing the names of all photos you take! And if you are like me, that will be lots!

The other option to find out when a photo was taken is to use the details setting in for example Windows Explorer:

  1. Open Windows Explorer.
  2. Navigate to the folder with he photos you want to know what date they were taken.
  3. Open the ‘Change your view’ box. You can find this on the right-hand side near the top of your screen, it looks like this open the change your view boxand then opens up with these options:

    change your view

  4. Select ‘Details’.
  5. Right-click next to the column headings to open the column heading selection box.

    column heading selectionn box

  6. Select ‘Date taken’ – this adds a column with the date and time when each photo was taken.

Now you can easily see when a photo was taken and even use it to sort your photos in chronological order. Extremely handy when you have photos from different cameras and you need to put them all in order (see Important tip for multiple cameras).

And best of all, you don’t need the date stamp on the photo to know when it was taken!

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