Video 10 – File Renaming (10:21) You cannot view this unit as you're not logged in yet. Post navigationPrevious post: Video 9 – File Handling Panel (12:46)Next post: Video 11 – Apply During Import Panel (5:30) 16 thoughts on “Video 10 – File Renaming (10:21)” Graham Clark February 25, 2020 I tend to include the out of camera filename, only because I’m using 4 x bodies including 2 x identical models. I’ve got a unique filename set up in each camera so by using the filename I can easily identify which camera an image was shot with. Loving the series and learning loads! Reply James Lawson August 11, 2021 you can sort by camera in lightroom without worrying about filename Reply James Lawson August 11, 2021 you can sort by camera body in lightroom without worrying about filename Reply Thayer Bigelow February 29, 2020 Steve So far the best I’ve ever experienced Reply Todd Jacobson March 1, 2020 If photos are imported from a hard drive, will this process rename the files on the HD? Good series! Reply Steve_Perry March 2, 2020 It only can rename if you’re moving them to a new location, not if your just adding. Reply William McMichael March 20, 2020 I take photos of rescue dogs and want a way to recall the names of dogs. Would I be better to use the rename tab and change text to Rover, etc or use the keyword area? Reply Steve_Perry March 20, 2020 Keywords for sure. File renaming should be just more of a wide-ranging way to organize, keywords are better for specifics. Reply ML Rosenblum March 27, 2020 My understanding is that in the ‘Numbering’ panel the numbers shown in the parentheses of each option indicates how many digits are allowed. Is that correct? If so, what happens if the number of images imported exceeds the amount of digits allowed as shown in the parentheses? For example, if ‘image # (01)’ is selected (which means only 2 digits are allowed, correct?) and there are 100 images imported, what will happen after it displays ’99’ ? Will it reset to ’01’ and start incrementing again from there (like how the image count increments on Nikon cameras)? Reply Steve_Perry March 28, 2020 Yes, it will restart the numbering. However, it won’t overwrite, so it would be 01-1 on the next round. Reply ML Rosenblum March 31, 2020 Got it! Thanks for the clarification, Steve. Reply Charles Collison April 2, 2020 Steve — Excellent videos so far. I think file naming could use some improvement. 1. First it is my understanding that if you re-name while importing that Lightroom deletes the original camera filename and it cannot be recovered. This could become important if you made a major mistake or had to recover from a Lightroom Library failure. I think it is better to rename if necessary in the Library module and not on import so as to maintain the original filename in the Lightroom data. 2. I like a file naming system that will sort chronologically regardless of the camera used or the camera counter reset function. Maybe some people don’t need to see photos in the order they were shot, but for me it is crucial. Reply Steve_Perry April 2, 2020 That’s why we have so many options 🙂 For me personally, neither of the two points you make matter that much. I keep individual trips in folders and don’t really care at all about having the original file names. I do use folders with dates for specific years, but beyond that, I don’t care about the order of those folders (and the files are easy enough to sort by sate in the Library). However, that doesn’t mean the way I do it is right for you. That’s why throughout the video series I constantly mention that I’m showing you how things work – but things that work for me (or others) may not be right for you 🙂 The reason Lightroom offers so many choices is because not everyone fits into the same pigeonhole or is wired the same way. We all have different ways of sorting and organizing that work for us, I’m just here to show you how to use the tools. Reply David Berrett April 11, 2020 Lightroom does preserve the original camera file name. It is found in the LIbrary module, under Metadata. I change file names on import. The Metadata tab lists the changed file name and also the “Preserved File Name” which is the camera name given when the image was captured. Reply David Christman April 11, 2020 Your instructions or so clear and helpful. Reply Alex Forsyth November 9, 2022 I am enjoying the videos Steve and I am sure I will go over these several times. All very good information. Nice work! Reply Leave a Reply to Todd Jacobson Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.