Estimated date of the photo was taken in Lightroom

I have a lot of older family photos I try to organize in Lightroom metadata that apply to them.  I want to be able to filter and sort the photos by date.  I was watching the "Edit Capture time dialog box "and I was wondering if there is a more flexible way for wonder information to these images on when you think they have taken.  Because they have been scanned from film and taken years or decades, we can estimate the time until a point of accuracy only.  In some cases, we know that a number of years, a specific year or a month in the year.

'Change the Capture time... '. "seems to require the time to express themselves in any precision (i.e. year/month/day date and hour\minute\second at the moment).  However, what I really want to be able to do, is provide a date or range of dates for a large number of these photos as we usually do not know the exact day they took.  I'm not really crazy about solutions as still failing the day a value such as '1' when the day is unknown (for example, if I know that the photo was taken in June 1966, I enter on June 1, 1966) because then I lost the ability to distinguish between the pictures actually taken the first day of each month and pictures taken during a given month.  The problem becomes even worse if you try to select a month by default (say in January), if the specific month photo was taken is unknown.

Obviously, I could go on and with these kinds of examples, but hopefully you get the idea.  Anyone have ideas for or experience with how to handle this kind of need in Lightroom?  Did you somehow work with the installation of "Edit Capture time... ' or is there another way to handle this?  Or - is it just a limitation that everyone tries to make such meetings is stuck with?

Thank you

David Madrian

Recording time is a specific entity and may not be accurate.

I suggest using the time capture and filling 1s or 0s for parts that you do not knowthe solution 1 June you're talking about, this gives you the ability to sort the photos.  Then put the effective date of the accuracy known in the caption or keywords, or even as the first part of the file name, you can also sort or use file search to filter.  You can also put photos in folders that contain the date with the precision that you think you know: YYYY, YYYY, YYYY-MM-DD MM.  Depending on your setting of subset of metadata in the right panel, you can also see a few other fields IPTC, you might want to put info in, but things to those who might be buried too deep.  Adding a keyword like circayear, circamonth, circadateyou can probably do something better, but keep one word, as well as others, such as the current month and year could tell you the accuracy in a way that is filterable if you need to review the pictures that have a certain degree of imprecision.

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