While many digital image platforms enable a more robust search for copyright, keyword, or caption, and the extra step of using filenames can seem like an outdated pain, it's always a good idea to have a unique filename so that you don't end up overwriting a file.

Our minimum protocol is that the filename includes the date and your identifying code




Filename Rename In PhotoMechanic

We suggest using PhotoMechanic to automate your filename. By using PhotoMechanic you can include hour, minute, second, to eliminate the need for a sequence number as well as many other automated fields from your IPTC pad

To rename your photos, use the strain:


ex: For a photo taken at 03:18:22pm on July 1st, 2017 by Catharyn Hayne would be


If you simply want to rename a photo:

File>>Rename Photos


If you are saving as a new file (this may be useful if you save a set for KLC fotos and have a different filenaming mechanism for your own archive)





For your own purposes or per a client's request, you may want to add additional information

{persons} to automate with what is listed in the IPTC field: Persons Shown

{headline} to automate with what is listed in the IPTC field: Headline

As well as any other Variables you choose



To save your choices for future reference:

More on Working in PhotoMechanic Coming Soon

Export With File Name Lightroom

On export

Look for the dropdown option File Naming and select the box Rename To:

Choose Custom Setting type in your Identifying Code

Then choose from the Sequence and Date option for Date (YYYYMMDD) Hour Minute Second


Export With File Name Photoshop

Coming Soon!

Mobile Filename Rename

Mobile editing has made great progress but there is not yet an app which replaces PhotoMechanic. Some we recommend for iOs

Photogene - $2.99 - *Does not work on iOs 11

ShutterSnitch - $16.99

Lightroom CC - $ varies - Requires Lightroom CC Subscription