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Lesson 3. Organizing Your Project > Time Adjustment and Additional Metadata

Time Adjustment and Additional Metadata

Most photographers keep the time zone on their camera set to their home time zone. In Aperture you can adjust the time zone to accurately reflect the time zone where the image was shot. When you import images shot at a specific location, it’s a good time to add at least basic metadata such as the city and country.

Click the radio button next to Adjust Time Zone.

John Fleck’s camera was set to US/Eastern. Make sure the Camera Time Zone is set to US/Eastern.

The images we’re importing were shot in Nairobi. Set the Actual Time Zone to Africa > Nairobi.

In the Add Metadata From menu, select IPTC – Expanded.

Enter John Fleck in the credit field.

Enter © John Fleck 2007 in the Copyright Notice field.

Enter Nairobi for the city and Kenya for the country.

Click the Import All button.

An animated icon appears next to the Lesson03 project. You can continue to work during Aperture import.

When the Import Complete dialog appears click the OK button.


Often, metadata is added by your camera automatically. Some newer cameras include a GPS module in the camera which can be used to “geotag” your images. If your image files contain GPS data you can choose Metadata > Show on Map... to display the image on a global map. This can be useful if you are shooting images for news or documentary purposes.

The import process is complete. The metadata that we entered is applied to all the images imported.


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