How to Time Sync Photos in Lightroom

 

We have all done it. We had the best intentions. 

 

It was on our to do list to sync our cameras with our assistants and guess what? It didn’t happen.

 

This has happened to everyone and it is one of the most frustrating things once you upload all of your pictures to Lightroom and then you’re left struggling sorting and organizing your final wedding gallery for your client.

 

 
How to Time Sync Photos in Lightroom
 

 

But there is a solution! And it’s quite simple! I actually do this before I start culling because I’m so OCD about this. I love looking at the wedding day in order. The way it happened and the way I ultimately remember it. After culling I will sort it better if sections were shot out of order like the Getting Ready for the bride and groom if you had two shooters for example. 

Before I get started with this simple solution I want to make sure you have already done this step first. And this is probably self-explanatory but you want to be sure that you have set your date and time accurately to begin with. It’s kind of confusing when you see the wedding invitation with one date and the photographer’s camera isn’t on the correct date at all.

 

STEP ONE IN HOW TO SYNC PHOTOS IN LIGHTROOM:

Okay, so on to the good stuff! Open Lightroom and filter by metadata for the main photographer’s camera. Use serial numbers if you have two Mark 3s in your lineup if needed. Next, you want to find a moment in the wedding that you and your assistant photographed at the same time. The one I use is the first kiss. Use whatever works for you but it has to be a moment all the cameras capture. Select the first kiss that you as the main photographer captured and in the right hand tab under metadata you want to write down the capture date and time. 

Step 1 in how to sync photos in lightroom. Click to enlarge

 

STEP TWO IN HOW TO SYNC PHOTOS IN LIGHTROOM:

Now, with that written down, filter the metadata to your second camera. And select the corresponding first kiss moment here. You want to select all of the images with the first kiss moment highlighted in that group. You see the first kiss is a little brighter than the rest of the selection? Good. 

 

Step 2 in how to sync photos in lightroom. Click to enlarge

 

STEP THREE & FOUR IN HOW TO SYNC PHOTOS IN LIGHTROOM:

Here comes the easy part. In the menu select Metadata --> Edit Capture Time --> type in the new capture time into the Corrected Time: --> And boom! Done! Steps 3 & 4 below for reference for you.

Step 3 in how to sync photos in lightroom. Click to enlarge

Step 4 in how to sync photos in lightroom. Click to enlarge

 

Here’s a quick tip I learned. You can choose to do it or not. As the main photographer we tend to want to organize our pictures in front of our assistants'. Nothing wrong with that; It just showcases our artistry as the main wedding photographer. So the tip is to set the second and third camera bodies a second behind the main camera body. This way the second and third camera bodies always follow behind the main camera. Does that make sense? I’ve found it extremely helpful in culling and sorting. You can try it both ways. 

Comment below if you have time synced successfully this way or if you have any questions. Of course there are ways to time sync before you get your pictures to Lightroom and I'll go over that soon! Thanks for reading!