Renaming Your Photos With Names That Make Sense

Happy Monday, folks – I’ve got a quick (just over 2-minutes) little video on renaming your photos that you might find really helpful. Here goes:

Hope you did indeed find that helpful. 🙂

Photoshop World Q&A today!
It’s over on my blog — if you’ve ever thought you might want to go, jump over there where I answer a bunch of questions about the conference. Hey, let’s at least answer one question here:

Q. Will there be lots of Lightroom Classes at the Photoshop World Conference this summer?
A. Oh yeah — a ton! In fact, there’s an entire Lightroom track that runs all day, every day of the conference, taught by me, Matt, Serge, Rob, Terry, Julieanne and more. You know you really should be there, right? 

Here’s the link to the full Photoshop World Q&A, and here’s wishing you a better than average Monday!



P.S. Don’t forget, if you’re in Atlanta, Milwaukee or Columbus, Ohio, I’m heading there very soon with my Lightroom full-day seminar. Come on out and spend the day with me. Details and tickets here.

Author: Scott Kelby

Scott is the President of KelbyOne, an online educational community for photographers, Photoshop and Lightroom users. He's editor and publisher of Photoshop User Magazine, Editor of "Lightroom magazine"; Conference Technical Chair for the Photoshop World Conference & Expo, and the author of a string of bestselling Photoshop, Lightroom, and photography books. You can learn more about Scott at

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  1. Gee… since Lightroom is a killer database… the name of the image makes no difference…all my images get renamed on import to my initials plus the date and time taken…

    Really, you only need names that make sense if you insist on sorting and managing your images the old fashioned way, in a shoebox.

    Spend the time to properly tag each image with an abundance of keywords, preferably hierarchical keywords and let the computer do your sorting and filing for you – heres a tip… it excels at that!

    Just can never understand why people feel the need to go backwards in time and try to negate one of the most powerful features of Lightroom!

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    • I can never understand why some people think that there is only one right way to do things, but so it goes.

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  2. Good tip. Really enjoy your short tips.

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  3. Everyone should have some kind of naming convention for their photos. Lightroom is great but it doesn’t hurt to name your photos something sensible. Also by default the file name is used on export so files you share with clients will have a reasonable name.

    For me it’s subject location date my initials.CR2, e.g. “Church Winnipeg 20180318 SLB”

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  4. Good tip! I knew the “how”, but didn’t see the “why” until now. It makes a lot of sense.

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