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Photo Labeling 

First step: Set up camera file names

As our team of photographers grows it is important we have a system in place to keep track of who’s images are who’s. The easiest way to do this is to have individual file names so we can quickly see who was the photographer. We have decided to use each photographers initials as the File Name. For example: Dave would set up his camera to have all his file names start with DMD since those are Dave’s initials. Liz would use LB or LK now that she is married.

Here is a tutorial on how to set up your file name to show your initials.

Second Step: Label images by room

One of the ways we provide an excellent service to our clients is to label the images for them before we deliver the images.  To do this please follow these guidelines:

All images should have the following format:  Title_Initials_File Name.jpg

For titles we use the name of the room, for example:  Bedroom 1

The following are examples of room names:

  • Exterior Front

  • Front Yard

  • Front Entry

  • Living Room

  • Kitchen

  • Family Room

  • Master Bedroom

  • Master Bathroom

  • Master Closet

  • Bedroom 2

  • Bedroom 3

  • Bathroom

  • Exterior Back

  • Deck

  • Back Yard


Please make sure you don't add any additional numbers to each room.  No need to label Living Room 1, Living Room 2, etc.  It's okay to just label all Living Room images; Living Room.  The file name with give it a unique name.

How to Label images in Lightroom

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You can give the image a title in the metadata area of Lightroom.

We have found that we like the title to be formatted in capitals.  Please just use the name of the room and not the detail.


Export options in Lightroom

In Lightroom we have the ability to create and export preset.  To do this, click on export.

Under the File Naming Section you can create a Custom Setting.

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Under the Custom Settings you can Edit the settings.

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In the edit settings menu.  Choose to add the Title to go before the filename.  Make sure to insert a _ between the Title and Filename.

Once done, save and now you have a custom setting created for exporting files labeled properly.

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