Before your First Import

Renaming Files

I’ve seen photographers name files in all sorts of ways. I’ve seen file names created to brand the images with the photographer’s name, with the name of the location in which the image was taken, and when it was taken, and I’ve seen file names created with all sorts of sequence numbers, keywords, or date and time configurations. But here’s the thing: whatever naming configuration you like, or whatever you choose to do, there should be one overriding goal. Each photo should have a unique name.

One of the benefits of databases is that they are adept at filtering out assets that relate to each ...

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