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Stupid Question-What Is Your File Names?
Old 11-25-2007, 01:38 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Meaning, how do you name your files. When I take a photo, my camera automatically gives me the name (ex. IMG_3669.JPG). I change it later to a date and number (ex. 052309-032.JPG). I've been thinking of maybe doing it this way, 052309_032.JPG Which way do you guys prefer I do it? Also, how do you name your photos?
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Re: Stupid Question-What Is Your File Names?
Old 11-25-2007, 05:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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After I do a rack and stack for the "keepers" I name them for example:

"parisairshw07.jpeg" as a base name and allow my image editor to add a 01 suffix at the end. I may have the actual name in mind say "mirage2000.jpeg" or something but for the sake of brevity I'll use a generic name first.

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Re: Stupid Question-What Is Your File Names?
Old 11-25-2007, 06:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I keep part of the original camera-generated number as part of the name so I can always find my way back to the RAW file if necessary. For example, DSC_1234.NEF might become kayt1234.jpg. They are then organized in folders, copied to an external drive and eventually to DVD.
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Re: Stupid Question-What Is Your File Names?
Old 11-28-2007, 10:30 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A typical model shoot gets renamed to something like 071128_beyonce_001.jpg, the general form being yymmdd_modelname_###.jpg

Notes:
1. I started taking pics in 2005. If I would have started in the 1900s, I'd use a 4-digit year.
2. I've never shot >1000 pics in a single shoot, which is why I use a 3-digit sequence number.

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Re: Stupid Question-What Is Your File Names?
Old 11-28-2007, 12:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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When I download my CF cards I start my organization process.

1. Create a folder with the date in the format yyyy-mm-dd (xxxxxxxxxx)
where xxxxxxxxx is he name of the model or event (you can have this be 200 characters long, but I keep it less than 50 for the most part)
2. Download photos from card(s) to the folder with an automatic rename in the process (aaaa-bbbb.cr2) where aaaa is the image number from the camera filename (img_1234.cr2 so 1234 would be the aaaa) and bbbb is a sequence # from 0001 to 9999. The extension is whatever the camera puts on it.
3. I backup the folder after it is created to 2 external hard drives.
4. I then load the folder into CS3's Bridge and it builds a database of the photos.
5. I then make a fast pass through all the photos and reorganize them if needed. Suppose I have three models in the shoot. Then I would create a folder for each model using their name as the folder name. I would then move the RAW images into those folders.
6. I then make a fast pass of each light set (all photos taken in the same lighting) in the RAW converter where I sync the set to a representative corrected photo in the set. This then means that all the photos in that set are now consistent.

The RAW files are my digital negatives. Naturally nothing ever gets saved over them. If I need a working copy of a photo, I use a PSD file out of CS3.

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Re: Stupid Question-What Is Your File Names?
Old 11-28-2007, 12:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I have been using CS 3 Bridge to download. When I do I not only rename but embed the original file name in the Metadata. Plus at the same time I have template with all my copyright info written at the time of download plus any general keywords.

For renaming I put them into their own folder and a sub folder of originals of client last name and date. (Example Smith062307.crw0001) From that folder I can create proofs or web images which are saved into another sub folder. Any Photoshop work is saved into it's own sub folder called PSD. All print images are saved into even another sub folder called Prints. All emails and scanned contracts are saved into another sub folder called Extras.

Now to major right brainers this sounds like a lot of work but it really isn't and look at it this way. When I have first downloaded the images I can create a backup CD of original images with the same file names that everyone will see. When I am done and ready to burn the final master file to a DVD I have all the originals, work files, print orders, and paperwork in easy to find folders.
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