Photos - Sharing/exporting with metadata adjustment

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by thecounthahaha, Dec 23, 2018.

  1. thecounthahaha macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2010

    As a Christmas present I've been scanning my parent's old photo books, adjusting them, changing the dates etc. I've got 41 albums of photos done, with many more to go - it'll be an ongoing project!

    I want to move a copy of these onto their mac's Photos app, so they have a copy on their account that they can look at and do what they want with.

    I've created a folder for these 41 albums on my Photos app, but when I click and drag that folder to the desktop it appears to keep the scanned date, not the adjusted 'real life' date that I want.

    When I export said folder using the menu bar it appears to do the same too...

    Looking at the 'Shared Albums' feature, it appears you can't share a folder of albums either.

    How can I do what I want to do, which is easily transfer 41 albums worth of edited photos to them keeping all the adjustments?

    Thanks very much!
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    That's because Finder doesn't display the metadata. It will show Date Modified/Created/Added etc.

    Have you tried adding to your Parent's Mac yet? I suspect that Photos will display the metadata correctly.
  3. thecounthahaha thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 17, 2010
    Thanks for the reply and Merry Christmas!

    I’ve just tried it, but clicking and dragging an exported folder onto the photos app icon and it imported them as 2018 not 1985!

    Have I imported incorrectly?

    Thanks again
  4. getrealbro macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2015
    PowerPhotos offers a free trial. You can copy the folder/albums that you created for your parents into a new Photos Library. Then move that Photos library to your parent’s Mac.

  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    If you select a photo in Photos and then select Get Info, what date does it show?
  6. splifingate macrumors 6502


    Nov 27, 2013

    Photos .app is not correctly respecting the "Creation Date" meta . . .

    . . . I have not (yet) found a way to get "Photos" (or OS X, for that matter) to naturally respect the expectation that Metadata is Metadata, and let it be.

    ExifTool ( by Phil Harvey is indispensable for re-asserting original meta so-that OS X/Photos can timeline the data as we expect . . . it's a real pain in Teh Arrs to go so many hoops, but well-worth giving it a try ;)

    Regards, splifingate
  7. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    At first I blamed photos for just this problem. But it was actually my old files and ms windows that re-dated the creation/original date. Which is a big no no and caused many hours of life with exiftool. I was able to compare the pictures that sorted correctly with ones that didn’t and reset dates using the tool.

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