Photographer using Photoshop, new to Mac, can't sort photos by DATE CREATED

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by jenward74, May 17, 2014.

  1. jenward74 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2014
    I hope some of you super smart MacBook Pro users will be able to help me...

    I just made the switch from a windows laptop to a Macbook Pro, and while I am very happy with my decision, I am still working on that learning curve.

    I am a photographer who uses Adobe Bridge to cull photos (by giving them star ratings) and Adobe Photoshop to process. I recently shot a wedding with two different cameras. I synced the time on the cameras prior to starting the shoot so that the photos of the entire day would be sorted in time order when saving them and burning them onto a disc.

    I used three memory cards throughout the day and processed all of the photos off one card before moving on to the next, so the photos were not processed in chronological order. I shoot in RAW and run batches that save the final photo as JPEG.

    I would like to burn these files to a disc in chronological order. I have created a folder in Finder where all of the photos are located. I am unable to sort the files by DATE TAKEN. There is an option for DATE CREATED, but the date it shows is the date the JPEG file was created, not the date the photo was taken. When I click on a file and look at its file info, the DATE TAKEN is not shown, just this same date that the JPEG file was created. However, when I look in Photoshop at the file info, the DATE CREATED is indeed the actual time that the photo was snapped during the wedding.

    Does anyone know how I can get this information into Finder? Is there another "Explorer" type software I should be using to make this work? Is there a better way to burn files to disc than using Finder?
  2. Rockadile macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Try Bridge to do chronological order.
    The JPG's should have Date Created (when you originally took them) and Date Modified (when JPG was created).
    For some reason Finder ignores the camera's date created metadata unlike Bridge.
  3. jenward74 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2014
    Thanks Rockadile, I will give that a try.
  4. mojolicious macrumors 68000


    Mar 18, 2014
    Sarf London
    Personally I maintain order through the filename itself...

    If my original file is named DSC0001.RAW then I'll create DSC0001 pretty flowers in garden.PSD and DSC0001 pretty flowers in garden.JPG. This at least maintains sequence, even if you can't immediately see the creation date.

    Obviously it's a bit late for you to do the above!

    If you Google 'automator exiftool' you'll find lots of information on how to use Automator to change a JPG's creation date to the photo's actual 'take time' stored in the EXIF data. All looks rather involved to me.

    An easier alternative is A Better Finder Attributes which allows you to do all sorts of tricks with dates, including 'copy EXIF timestamp to creation date'. There's also A Better Finder Rename which lets you take stuff from the EXIF data and put it in the file name in all sorts of clever ways, if you're so inclined.

    Have used both applications in the distant past and they did what I asked of them. If you read the company's FAQ you'll see that the same apps are also available from the App Store, under different names. Furthermore there's an App Store-only application called 'Photo Date Changer' which is basically a subset of A Better Finder Attributes, and allows you do do the 'copy EXIF timestamp to creation date' thing.

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