Join Tim Grey for an in-depth discussion in this video Rename photos, part of Cleaning Up Your Mess in Lightroom Classic CC.
- [Voiceover] There are a variety of reasons…that I prefer to rename my photos…to have more meaningful file names.…To begin with, the file name that comes out of the camera…is usually not all that helpful.…In the case of my camera for example…I get a file name like IMG underscore…and then a four digit sequence number.…Now because there are only four digits…in the case of my camera…it only takes 9,999 photos…before I'm back to image number one,…and so I'm going to have some duplication of photo names…within my Lightroom catalog.…
Now in most cases those duplicate image names…are going to be in different folders,…and so it doesn't really create a huge problem,…but sometimes it might lead to some confusion.…And so I prefer to rename my images…to something that's more meaningful…and something that's going to be unique for a given image.…It's important to keep in mind that it's generally helpful…to rename your images as early in your workflow as possible,…so that if you've sent a photo to someone else for example…and they reference that photo name…
- Defining your real workflow
- Taking inventory
- Backing up all your catalogs
- Locating missing photos and folders
- Consolidating catalogs
- Renaming photos and folders
- Correcting metadata, including keywords and timestamps
- Migrating to a new hard drive
- Being consistent going forward
Skill Level Intermediate
1. Concepts and Preparation
2. Cleaning Up
3. Correcting Metadata
4. Wrapping Up
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