I’m looking for a new photo naming convention. I moved all my ancestor photos into folders numbered by MRIN. Then Cuz sent hundreds of new photos. Then I dismantled an old DVD project.
What used to be a photo naming system has devolved into total disarray:
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Before I get too far into this, because it could be extremely time-consuming, I’d like some ideas about naming photos. Especially the non-digital ones that don’t have time stamps to auto-sort them.
Because I annotate all photos as much as possible with caption, keywords, location, source, copyright and GPS, I don’t need to put any of that into file-names. It would be nice to have chronological order, though, so the thumbnail view tells a story.
This is what I’m planning so far.
I start with an MRIN: Everything in my ANCESTORS folder starts with an MRIN. Photos can be searched by keywords, but other files can’t so the MRIN covers them all. Also, the addition of the MRIN makes the names specific enough they’re not likely to be duplicated in another folder.
Next comes the year or an approximation of a year or decade:
Since I doubt I’ll ever have more than 99 photos for any MRIN or year within an MRIN folder, but likely more than ten, next comes a two-digit number:
Sometimes there’s more than one version of a photo so I add a one-digit extension:
I throw in an ‘s’ for original scans:
I’m debating whether to collapse it to:
How do you name your photos?