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I've been using a renaming app to prepare file names for import because I can't figure this out. I am running latest LR Classic on an iMac in Big Sur.
The files come out of my Fuji X-series cameras like this:
00063544.JPG or 00063544.RAF
I want to strip out the 000 and add a place and a date to the filename. When I am done, the file should look like:
63544-YosemiteNP-2021-06-21.JPG (or RAF)
Right now i use a utility (NameChanger for MacOS) to first remove the 000 and then replace the "." with the name of the location and the date followed by a "."
Any ideas appreciated. I'd like to save a couple steps by doing all this in LR Classic
Any ideas appreciated.
Okay, out-of-the-box ideas:
Thanks very much. Those are not out of the box at all. Lightroom does make it easy to store and find images.
I have been using keywords since LR made them available.
I wanted to keep the filenumber/place/date in the filename for a few reasons.
My thinking was if can rename my files with renaming app, LR should be able to do that during import. It doesn't seem flexible enough. The NameChanger app is here.
Metadata can be stored in your photo files (or sidecar .xmp files). Any search feature, in any photographic software, or even in your operating system, can find the photos by the metadata (capture date or location). You don't have to put the metadata in the file names. So if you stop using LrC, you still have all the metadata available to you and to your next photographic software.
When I send images to prospective purchasers, the filenames already have the information they need to sort them.
Okay, this is one of the few reasons (in my opinion) that you should include metadata in file names.
Would renaming at Export work for you?
Yes, renaming on export would work. Do you mean renaming during the export from LR or using a utility afterwards?
When I am done, the file should look like: 63544-YosemiteNP-2021-06-21.JPG
You can if you like. It is your process
IMO you would be better off naming something like
AND using keyords for the descriptive part, i.e. Yosemite
(Yosemite, Yosemite National Park, National Park, Landscape, California,.....)