by Julieanne Kost
When renaming files, there are many options so my best advice would be to simply choose what works best for you and then be consistent. For example, if you like to rename files based on your client name, you might select Custom Text in the Filename Template Editor and then a sequence number. Typically I add an underscore between the two as I find it more legible.
Smith_001.dng Smith_002.dng Smith_003.dng
If you prefer to include the date in your file name, choose from one of the many options and Lightroom will automatically fill in the date of the image from the camera’s EXIF data (just make sure that you have set the correct date on your camera!). Many photographers don’t find it necessary to include the date as it is a parameter that can be filtered in the Grid view at any time.
20110105_001.dng 20110105_002.dng 20110105_003.dng
I also know several photographers who want to keep the original File Number Suffix (the original number that comes out of the camera but without the extra letters) so they choose the File Number Suffix token and include their own additions such as Custom Text or Sequence number. Of course you can always add the sequence (or any of the other tokens) in any order.
8365_Smith_001 8366_Smith_002 8367_Smith_003
Note: renaming the files in Lightroom renames the files on the hard drive (as well as in the catalog).