Building Better File Names with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

June 15, 2010 | | Comments 61

My digital camera takes great pictures but it gives them really lousy filenames. This is a big problem because the file’s name is a really important detail for a professional photographer. Unique filenames make it easy to communicate with clients and they prevent confusion. Vague and repetitive filenames create confusion and make communicating with clients, editors, photo labs, and friends more difficult. Fortunately, I can easily overcome my camera’s shortcomings as I add files into my Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Catalog. Using a custom Filenaming Template during the Import process in Photoshop Lightroom makes generating unique filenames easy!

Here is a screen shot of the file naming template that I build in the video tutorial. Adding the date of capture into my filenames makes it easy for me to figure out when I captured an image. It also makes each image’s name unique unless I shoot more than 10,000 photos in a single day.

Adding the date of capture into the file’s name also makes it easy to figure out which folder holds this image if you use the same date of capture system for your image storage sub-folders. See “Getting Started: Where Should I Store My Photos?” for more information on why I strongly recommend this folder naming system.

Lightroom Filename Template Screenshot

My Filename Template

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About the Author: David Marx is a digital photography instructor whose engaging teaching style inspires photographers of all skill levels. David is an Adobe Certified Lightroom Expert. To learn more about David's Adobe Photoshop Lightroom software training seminars and digital photography field workshops please visit or follow David Marx on Google+.