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    Default How do you name your photo files or folder?

    Hi,

    Would you mind share how do you name your photo folder or filenames so that it allows you to search for the particular image you want? I have trouble managing thousand of images in my library, wish to receive some useful information from the gurus in this forum..

    Example:

    Type: Portrait, Scenery, Macro ...
    Country/location: Amstersdam, Tibet, Langkawi ...
    Date: YYYY MM DD
    Serial:
    ETC..

    Thanks!

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    I don't rename image filenames.

    I just name the folders.e.g.

    2006_12_31_Wedding_John_Jane
    2007_01_28_Places_My_Backyard
    2007_02_26_People_Naked_Pictures_Of_Self

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    My file naming sequence is yymmdd_(Location & Main Heading)_Serial number_(Sub heading).

    For example, 20060119_GentingHighlandOutdoorThemePark_08_Flying Coaster

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    never had the problem of searching them. maybe I'm not taking as many photos. Just classify them into folders and subfolders when u download that time. once and for all. Normally I'll put the PSed and framed version within the folder with the originals.
    hope that helps

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    Thanks all for the great information... cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman View Post
    I don't rename image filenames.

    I just name the folders.e.g.

    2006_12_31_Wedding_John_Jane
    2007_01_28_Places_My_Backyard
    2007_02_26_People_Naked_Pictures_Of_Self
    same.
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    To keep things simple I name all my images starting with my surename XXXX then followed by 00000.

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    2004
    2005
    2006
    2007

    sub folders in them:

    sch oreinetation
    national day
    founder's day
    restricted
    rubbish

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    good shots

    not so good shots

    delete after 1 month. simple

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    Default Re: How do you name your photo files or folder?

    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman View Post
    I don't rename image filenames.

    I just name the folders.e.g.

    2006_12_31_Wedding_John_Jane
    2007_01_28_Places_My_Backyard
    2007_02_26_People_Naked_Pictures_Of_Self
    Subfolders:

    Selected
    Edited
    Web

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    Default Re: How do you name your photo files or folder?

    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman View Post
    Subfolders:

    Selected
    Edited
    Web
    for got to include RAW

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    Default Re: How do you name your photo files or folder?

    best/safe is to YYYYMMDD + your name(event)

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    Default Re: How do you name your photo files or folder?

    Quote Originally Posted by synapseman View Post
    I don't rename image filenames.

    I just name the folders.e.g.

    2006_12_31_Wedding_John_Jane
    2007_01_28_Places_My_Backyard
    2007_02_26_People_Naked_Pictures_Of_Self
    Errr was that supposed to be mentioned
    Come visit my Flickr :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by satay16 View Post
    2004
    2005
    2006
    2007

    sub folders in them:

    sch oreinetation
    national day
    founder's day
    restricted
    rubbish
    Same.
    CS says, "We can't help you ignore yourself."

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    I name folders this way:

    From [Camera Name and Model] - [yyyy][mm][dd] - [Subject/Title]

    Subfolders for dSLR-taken photos:
    1. NEF - Raw
    1.1 NEF - Raw For Processing
    2. Processed
    3. Bordered
    4. Resized


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    Quote Originally Posted by Caspere View Post
    Same.
    woah. you have restricted too? tsk tsk.

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    D70\2006\20070101 - new year\
    D70 edited\2006\20070101 - new year\psd\
    D70 edited\2006\20070101 - new year\edited\
    K750i\2006\20070219 - cny\
    K750i edited\2006\20070219 - cny\web\

    something like dat loh

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    Default Re: How do you name your photo files or folder?

    Hi all,

    Thanks for sharing.
    Allow me to give a typical example:

    I go to Shanghai often and on a particular trip I attended a party. I reached there early and shot some scenery shots around the area. During the party I shot some people and group photos, as well some portraits.

    The question is how do I name the folder(s) so that it allows me to search by DATE, COUNTRY, PLACE, PORTRAIT, GROUP, SCENERY .....?

    I guess one way is to sort the images into different folders like below:

    [DATE]_[COUNTRY]_[PLACE]_[EVENT]_[TYPE]
    20070225_CHINA_SHANGHAI_PARTY_GROUP
    sub folder 20070225_china_shanghai_party_group_PRINT (for printing)
    20070225_CHINA_SHANGHAI_PARTY_PORTRAIT
    20070225_CHINA_SHANGHAI_PARTY_SCENERY

    Do you see any defficiency? (I do not want to re-name all my folders only to find the short comings and constraints later).
    Is there an easier and effective way? Please share how you do it. Thanks

    Cheers!

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