How do I get the date printed on my photo?
I'm sorry, but very likely you can't. The thing is, this was a useful
feature on film photos, but the concept has been overtaken by
technology, and is no longer relevant. When you take a photo with a
digital camera, the current date and time are automatically stored in
the photo file. In some cameras, it will be the same as the file date.
Some cameras date the file with the date of download rather than the
date of capture, but the date inside the file will always be the
capture date. The date of capture is one of the items of EXIF data. You
can read about this
'metadata' on wikipedia
So how does EXIF data fulfill the benefits of the old 'print on film'
date? From the point of view of indexing your library and simply not
forgetting when the photo was taken, the EXIF data should always be
present in the file, unless you choose to erase it. Thus, you will
never lose track of the date of capture; if you have the image, you
have the date. You can read the date with many tools, and in fact even
Windows explorer will tell you the date if you simply hover over the
picture. Here's an example; I rotated it so that 'fixya' doesn't scale
it. Note that this photo was taken in a different time zone from the
one I'm living in. The bubble help shows the time of capture where the
picture was taken, windows shows me the time of capture in my own time
What about legal proof of something? Sorry, you can't really do that
any more. You couldn't have done it if you'd printed it on the image,
either; it's just too easy to fake. The date of capture is editable, so
it doesn't prove anything. If you need proof, get legal advice... in
the heat of the moment, include a cellphone in-frame showing the date
and time; you could fake that too, but it would be much harder.
Oh, you wanted your dates printed on physical pictures? Find a print
shop that will print the EXIF capture date on the reverse of your
photo; that way the face of your picture won't be spoiled. There
is software that will print index sheets of your images and list their
capture dates and times, too.