Synch Multiple Camera Time Stamps in Lightroom
I often work with multiple cameras in my photography. When I'm photographing events, stage productions and family sessions I typically use two cameras. That way I can alternate between my favorite lenses, my 24-70mm and my 70-200mm lenses. The convenience of working with two cameras enables me to switch lenses without stopping to actually exchange lenses on one camera body. I can catch the spontaneous moments with the right lens. I've worked with up to four cameras at an event - two Canon 5D's, my iPhone and my Canon Power Shot S120.
When working with multiple cameras it's critical to synch the date and time. I use the world clock to set the time for San Francisco, my timezone, down to the second. Every few months I double check all of my cameras to be sure they are in synch. That way when I download images in Lightroom, my primary editing tool, no matter what camera I used the photos are in chronological order, which is exactly what I want. But every now and then my cameras are not in synch. Whether the clocks are not in synch due to a battery change, new camera or whatever the reason, you can still manage to synch the photos after you upload them to Lightroom by following the steps below:
Of course it is best to always set your camera clock before every session. Failure to do so will result in a bit of maneuvering like the instructions above so it's not impossible, only more work, to fix it in post-production.
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