How to apply timestamps in batch on camera images on Windows

Your Camera images normally come with the EXIF data. The EXIF data or metadata has a set of data including the camera, the resolution, camera model and the time stamp. However, when you have an image folder on your computer - you may not be able to sort them out chronologically because the file name would differ. What if we could find an option to apply the time stamps in batch?

You may have images shot on multiple devices. Some of them may have been shot on your smartphone camera, while some other may be shot on a DSLR. Some other may be the images borrowed from your friends. What if you want to arrange these photos in a chronological order? Well, there are a few options you may use for the purpose.

How to batch timestamp your images with BatchPhoto?

BatchPhoto is one of the best options for editing your digital photos. True to its name, it helps you in batch processing of your photos. Your image enhancements are done in a few minutes. The app is designed keeping in view the productivity and ease of use in mind.
Of course, the tool comes with a host of features, but one that we are interested in is to add the batch timestamp to the images. Here are the steps involved in achieving the task.
  • Just launch the app and you will find that the app comes with three options - Add Photos, Edit Photos, Setup and Process.
  • batchphoto-main-screen
  • Click on Add Photos and choose the desired folder.
  • You can add all the photos in a batch by choosing multiple photos
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  • Once you have added all the photos you desire to add timestamp to, click on Edit Photos
  • Click onAdd Filter option and choose Date option
  • Choose Show Original Date and Time
  • Select the date and time format you want on the photo.
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  • Select the position of the timestamp depending upon your preferences.
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  • When you are ready, click on Setup tab.
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  • Here you can choose the destination and the Output Format.
  • In the next step, click on Process tab.
  • The tool will process the image and save it in the folder you have set in the Destination option.
That does it. You have successfully used the tool to add the batch timestamps to your photos.

How to batch timestamp the photos with Namexif?

Namexif is a free tool that would help you fix the EXIF data of your image files. It helps you arrange the images as per the date they have been shot. This will help you in a chronological assortment of the images with ease.
It involves a few simple steps. Namexif is simple app with an easy to use interface. You can rename and assort your images in just around three steps.
  • Just launch the program and add the files. You can add the files one by one individually or add a folder directly.
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  • Click on Next
  • On the next screen, choose the date format you would want to use. You may also choose the shift time if you want to.
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  • You may also add the file name you wish to add.
That is quite a simple and easy to use option for renaming your files.
Please note that the app will work only if the original photo has the EXIF data. If the photo does not have the EXIF data associated with it, the file will not be renamed and the old name will be preserved.
Time shift is a function that lets you change the time in the EXIF data when you are renaming the photos. This will not affect the EXIF data that is stored on your image but will only add the change you make in the file name. You can use this functionality to sync the different sets of photos to meet your preferences. You can add or subtract the time as per your exact needs.
This setting is available on the page where you choose the format for the date and time as can be seen in the above screenshot.

The Parting Thoughts

Well, those were a couple of options that should be helpful in editing your metadata related to timestamps. Of course, there are several other apps, but most of them come with complicated functionality. The ease of use and a simple interface are what make the above two options quite simpler for both newbies and experts.

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