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Alley Cat's tips to great photography

Follow this column for photography techniques and advice from Alison Watkins.


Chapter 23: File Naming and Organizing

When naming files it is important to keep organized. Organized enough for even a stranger to have a general idea of what the file is before opening it. It is key to name all files using the same format. If you keep the same naming format, then it will be easier to find files in the future.

I name my files by putting the date first, followed by a phrase about the subject. For example; 20180304_redding_shasta. I use the year first because then the files are in chronological order. If the month is put first, then after a year of files, things will be jumbled up. February photos from three different years will all be lumped together by month instead of by the year.

In hopes of not losing any files, I name the folder and the files within both the same. If I end up using a picture online or in a project, I want to be able to find the folder and the image again. If I look at the file name in a project and it’s named DSC_107 then there could be hundreds of DSC_107’s, depending on the amount photos within your folders.

I always name my files before editing so I don’t forget. As soon as I copy my pictures from the SD card into a folder, named with the date and a topic, I then name said pictures. After naming I edit and I don’t have to worry about the names of the files.


ABOVE: Here are numerous folders all organized by date. Without this organization, after a while it would look like my room, messy and no one can find anything.

BELOW: Inside each of the above folders are tons of named photos. This organizational tip doesn't just apply to photos. If you have word documents or posters or other files, you should still use the same technique.

Next week I'll be discussing printing and the importance of resolution, or dots per inch (DPI). I am close to the end with topics, so keep tuning in at the same Alley Cat time, same Alley Cat channel!

alison.watkins@fhspress.com

Alley Cat's
Photo Tips

CHAPTERS

Start shooting
Cameras
Composition
Sunrises and Sunsets
Black and White
Portraits
Landscapes
Long Exposure
Light PART ONE
Light PART TWO
Shoot in RAW
s
Back Button Focusing
The Challenges of      
      Sports Photography
Studio Photography
Lenses
FX and DX
Street Photography
Painting with Light
Filters
Bokeh vs. Blurry
Tripods and Mounts
File Naming and
      Organizing

-Printing and Resolution


-Flashes
-Paid Gigs
-Gadgets and Gizmos
-HDR
-Film Photography

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