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9. Asset Management > Naming Protocols

Naming Protocols

Folders should be named to differentiate them from other photographic sessions. The easiest way to establish a naming protocol for both the folders and the files is to include the date of the photographic session as part of the name. It is important that the names can be read in both Apple and Windows computing environments, so the naming protocol should be limited to numbers, letters, hyphens, and underscores. As an example, a folder can be named with the date (YYYYMMDD) followed by an underscore, then the name of the photo session with underscores to separate words. A folder for a session photographed at a birthday party would be named 20101225_Susan_Birthday.

The file numbers on the media cards will be sequential, and not necessarily different from other files on the computer, so you might end up with duplicate numbers for different files unless you rename them. Renaming can be done manually, but it is best handled with the batch rename tool in software such as Adobe Bridge or Lightroom. Most software can use the metadata from the camera to append the date to the file name when the files are downloaded, so you should use this capability if it’s available. You can set up this protocol as a preset.


  

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