Is there a way for camera to print time and date on photos?

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by Benjamin, Jun 30, 2014.

  1. Benjamin

    Benjamin TalkEmount Regular

    Own income property and trying to use camera to take pics of apartment before tenants move in. Need to have date show up on photo. Any way of doing this?

    Sony Nex 7 if that makes a difference.
     
  2. WoodWorks

    WoodWorks Super Moderator

    Dec 12, 2012
    Ashland, OR, USA
    David
    I haven't tried this. But I'm guessing you could create a watermark in Lightroom that automatically applies the date and time from the EXIF data.
     
  3. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    The camera can't print it on the photo, but it's in the metadata anyway if it's for proofing when the photo was captured.
     
  4. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder TalkEmount Veteran

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    Feb 7, 2012
    What you are describing is something old film cameras could do readily. What's your goal? Is it for your own information or as some sort of proof to document the state before the tenants move in? If it's for your own information, the EXIF data should be more than enough. If it's as proof, then I don't see how the EXIF data would help since the camera's date/time can be set to anything. More importantly, the EXIF data can be edited to anything. Have you thought about taking a page from every kidnapping movie and just hold up that day's newspaper and take a picture of that with your property in the background? ;)
     
  5. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    And even that can be created in Photoshop. I honestly don't know how valid the photos are as a proof as I could easily provide a photo of President Lincoln having a lunch in front of TV, with all the metadata and date stamp confirming it was taken in 1862.
     
  6. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    IMO, including "today's" newspaper in the photo will give a little more credibility to establish a "not before" date than a stamp or metadata would. Isn't that what kidnapper's do ?
     
  7. rdfisch

    rdfisch TalkEmount Regular

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    Nov 13, 2013
    Northern NJ
    Rick
    Sorry lenshoarder ... I am guilty of not finishing reading your post ... saw EXIF a few times and missed the last sentence.
     
  8. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Dave
    Unfortunately in this digital age, anyone can forge timestamps.


    Not having rental property, I speak from ignorance, but should not that simply be included in the rental agreement. Have them sign with the other various documents that they agree that this is the condition of the home and then have it notarized. With the notaries stamp, you have an official document stating the date.
     
  9. Amamba

    Amamba TalkEmount All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2013
    SE MI
    But including "today's" newspaper in any photo is just a matter of technique.
     
  10. copeland118

    copeland118 TalkEmount Rookie

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    May 7, 2014
    Should be in settings i have on canon but i did not notice one on a6000. Time stamp is what its called on canon

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  11. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Austria
    Maybe it can be done but it has no value as a proof of the date the photo was taken. Anybody can photoshop a timestamp on nowadays.