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Feb 26, 2021 11:12:52   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
scubadoc wrote:
The rename dialogue box has a custom setting where you can name it anything you want, i.e. 2021.Wedding.Jones or Vacation.2021.Alaska.Icebergs. You get the idea. I use this instead of key wording each image.


Yes, but that makes renaming a one-at-a-time process (or possibly a group-at-a-time plus index number process).

Feb 26, 2021 11:28:48   #
scubadoc
 
DirtFarmer wrote:
Yes, but that makes renaming a one-at-a-time process (or possibly a group-at-a-time plus index number process).


Select all will rename everything that you just imported into the Library. My workflow is to insert SD card, import by copying all files to designated folder within LR, then select all and rename. Couldn’t be easier. If it is a different folder than already established within LR, or a sub folder within LR, just add that folder/sub folder within LR. I keep original images on the SD card as a backup, as well as backing up in the other usual fashion known to most of us.

Feb 26, 2021 12:21:49   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
scubadoc wrote:
Select all will rename everything that you just imported into the Library. My workflow is to insert SD card, import by copying all files to designated folder within LR, then select all and rename. Couldn’t be easier. If it is a different folder than already established within LR, or a sub folder within LR, just add that folder/sub folder within LR. I keep original images on the SD card as a backup, as well as backing up in the other usual fashion known to most of us.


My workflow is to download the files from the card through Downloader Pro. It asks me for a "job code" which I make a short descriptive text string. All the files are renamed to include the job code, the date and the time. Downloader Pro places them in a folder named with the descriptive text. I have one text string to supply and it renames the files and names the folder. After downloading, I import the files to LR. Last time I tried it, renaming the files and placing them in a new folder took two entries in LR (one for the file names and one for the folder path). DP does it with one entry. (And I can select the files I want to run through DP, although I usually do the triage in LR).

I re-use all my cards. I don't think using the cards as backup is economical. I have 3 local disks and a cloud service.

I'm sure your method works for you, just as my method works for me. The main thing to consider is naming your files with some method at download/import time so you don't have to do it later. Once the files are in LR, I consider the name to be irrelevant since I use keywords for searches. I use meaningful file names just in case someone else who doesn't know anything about LR wants to look for a subject.

 
 
Feb 26, 2021 12:32:49   #
scubadoc
 
DirtFarmer wrote:
The main thing to consider is naming your files with some method at download/import time so you don't have to do it later. Once the files are in LR, I consider the name to be irrelevant since I use keywords for searches. I use meaningful file names just in case someone else who doesn't know anything about LR wants to look for a subject.


The nice thing about renaming the files on your HD is that you can also do a Finder search without opening LR. this will give you the unedited image, but you can choose to open it with LR.

Feb 26, 2021 12:38:32   #
DirtFarmer Loc: Way too close to New York City
 
scubadoc wrote:
The nice thing about renaming the files on your HD is that you can also do a Finder search without opening LR. this will give you the unedited image, but you can choose to open it with LR.


But if you rename the file in LR, won't Finder find it when you look for the new name? After all, when you rename it, it has the new name. I wouldn't expect Finder to find something by looking for the old name.

Feb 26, 2021 13:47:25   #
wrangler5 Loc: Missouri
 
Exactly. Renaming in LR does the same thing to the file as renaming in Finder, PLUS it updates the LR catalog so LR knows where to find it. Outside of LR, the renaming process you choose makes no difference.

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