How to Add Date Stamp to Photos

To better remember one particular event captured with a digital camera, it's useful to see the actual date and time when the photos were taken. A convenient way to accomplish this is to add the date and time on the picture itself. So no matter if your photos are displayed on the computer, or in a classic photo-album, the original photo date stamp will be visible!

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The most convenient way to accomplish this task is to set your digital camera to date pictures at the time of taking them, in case the camera is equipped with such a feature.

Unfortunately this isn't the optimal solution, as there are certain drawbacks:

  • The date/time stamp is not removable. So if you later decide to restore your originals you can't since there is no backup copy;
  • The date will not be correctly applied on portrait photos, since most digital cameras do not automatically rotate the portrait images before applying the stamp;
  • There are no options to customize the stamp's appearance (font type, size, color, stoke, shadow), date format, or position in the pic;

The good news is that the original date/time information is recorded by each digital camera in the photo's metadata (the EXIF record) no matter the format you shot it in (JPG, TIF or RAW). This means that you can add a date stamp to a photo already taken!

So the best solution would be to:

  • Transfer your images to your computer (Mac or PC);
  • Create a backup copy of your original images;
  • Use a photo editing software app to automatically add the date to multiple photos at once.

Introducing BatchPhoto, our specially designed photo editor for date stamping photos in bulk, that works on Windows® & Mac® (macOS).

But you can try the fully-featured photo dater app for free and see for yourself if it's what you need, just click on the "Try Free" button below!

Here is what BatchPhoto can do for you:

Add a Date Stamp in 3 Easy Steps

BatchPhoto is a user-friendly image editor, that makes it quite simple to add the date and time to your images. The tool is developed around three main steps:

Here's how easy it is to date stamp your pictures:

Step 1

Once you've opened BatchPhoto, simply add the pictures you wish to date stamp. You can do this by using drag & drop, by clicking on the Add Photos button or by adding an entire folder or a folder with subfolders:

Step 2

In the second step of the process you get to edit your images as you wish. To insert the date/time, just click on Add Filter > Annotate > Date. Now you can begin customizing your stamp to match your individual preferences.

With BatchPhoto you can choose the preferred date format from multiple options, select from nine preset positions or freely place the stamp where you want, adjust the size and transparency of the text, pick the font style and color or apply special effects like stroke, shadow and bounding-box.

Step 3

In the third step is where you set your final parameters before the batch processing starts. Here you'll find options to select the output format of your photos, as well as their destination (you can save them on a local folder on your computer, upload them via FTP or send them via email).

And that's it. Once everything is set up, all you have to do is hit the Process button. BatchPhoto will then proceed to automatically apply your date stamp to all your pictures.

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Date stamp photos in batch mode by following a three step wizard!

Date Stamp

A very convenient way to remember when a photo was taken is to embed the date and time in the picture itself. Unfortunately not all digital cameras can add date/time stamps on your photos and those who can usually display unattractive stamps that cannot be removed afterwards. Learn more by reading the following article:

Stamp date on pictures

Note: BatchPhoto works on Windows® 10, 8.1, 8, 7, Vista, and XP as well as macOS® (OS X) Big Sur (11), Catalina (10.15), Mojave (10.14), High Sierra (10.13), Sierra (10.12), El Capitan (10.11), Yosemite (10.10), Mavericks (10.9), Mountain Lion (10.8), and Lion (10.7).