Google Photos release was monumental for photos. Unlimited storage and an easy interface to actually find your photos was revolutionary, and most people don’t even realize this yet.
After the release of Google Photos, I exported all of my Lightroom photos and uploaded them to Google Photos. For the most part, this worked wonderfully. I can scroll through time and find photos like a champ. However, about 2,000 photos are listed in Google Photos with the upload date from over a year ago. Today I’ve dug into this issue and it seems that about 2,000 photos do not have a capture date in Lightroom.
In order to fix this, I have a system. First, I create a smart collection of photos with a capture date in the last 30 years. Then I have to drag those photos into a regular collection. Then I create a smart collection of all photos not in the regular collection of photos with a capture date. Why this hackiness? Lightroom won’t let me create a smart collection of photos without a capture date.
After finding what photos don’t have a capture date, then I have to go through each one and go “Metadata->Edit Capture Time…”. While this is quite a chore, hopefully I’ll never have to do it again, and luckily most of my photos are stored in folders with those name is the capture date.