Batch Renaming in Lightroom®


The Professional Photographer’s Digital Workflow


Lesson Info

Batch Renaming in Lightroom®

Alright, well lets rename our files here now that we've edited them. First off, I'm going to go in and delete all these files that I flagged and I'm just going to delete from disk. Alright, I'm going to remove them here. Just, but I'll usually delete them from disk so we get rid of them. And then I'll just go back to zero stars, so I don't want any, I want all the images there. As I was talking about earlier with Nevada, she deletes a whole bunch of images. I'm kind of on the opposite side. I don't delete that many images because often times like a shoot I did for Tahiti, shooting surfing down there. Shot like, I don't know, 12, 13,000 images in four days. I'm still going through those images and that was five years ago. But I might rank something and go through and get this edit but then a few years later I'm going back looking at an image I think is really good and I happen to see the one next to it and the one before it and I'm like, was I smoking crack. What's going on here? And th...

at's an amazing image and I didn't see that or I didn't pick up on it or my taste has changed or whatever. So, hard drives are cheap these days so I prefer to keep more than delete more. Anyway, in terms of renaming I'm just going to select here in Lightroom. I have to say their Lightroom renaming feature is one of the most obtuse features in all of Lightroom. It was copied directly from Aperture it seems like cause it's almost identical. So when you first get into it, you're like okay, what is this? So you have to kind of set up your template that you're going to use. So let's just delete this thing and we'll start over. So I'm going to put my name in here if I can type. And underscore, so it shows you right above there in this example, what the final filing name's going to look like just so you can make sure you're doing what you want to do. So, I'm going to add custom text here and that will be my four digit code that's specific to what I do, which you probably don't want to copy. I'm going to add another little underscore. And actually I think it does add an underscore already between these so let me delete that. Let me insert the custom text. No it didn't so I need to add that underscore. So just be careful because there's all these little seems like it, oh it's already adding it somehow. And then I'm going to do underscore here, let's see what happens with that. And what do I do next? I do month and year. So I'm going to go down here and figure out where the month is and I just want it to be two digits and then I want to insert the year which is two digits, so YY. And then I'm going to add another underscore. So it's one underscore, yep, perfect. And you know, we don't have that many images, so maybe I'll just make it a three digit file sequence number. So that is what, and DSC, I'm going to change the custom text so it's not going to say DSC. And then, this is the tricky part, you can't just click done cause you haven't saved anything yet. This is one of the few times when you actually need to save something in Lightroom. Save current settings is new preset, now I'll go down here and say Michael Clark if I can type, preset whatever generic name, 23, cause I made some of these in other demos before, create and then I can click done. And then you come back to this box, you're like wait a second, I was just here, what's going on? Now I can add my custom things, so I'm going to say, Washington CL for Washington Creative Live. And you see exactly what's going to happen down here and some reason that little underscore did not go in there so I'm going to go back and edit that template and you can reedit them so this is kind of good that it didn't work. There we go and I'm going to save it. And I can actually I don't want to save it as a new one, now let's see if I click done here what happens. It did update it, okay. So now I just click okay. And Tony has a question, so. Super quick, the underscore, I've used just dots or periods. Is there any risks not to go that root? Dots are a little dicey I'd say. I would use either dashes or underscores would be the two I would choose. And the diciness comes from? It's because like .com, there's all kinds of dots that are used within notations for your files and the utility part of the computer and other things in encoding. Underscores are the safest bet, let's just put it that way. It's not that big of an issue anymore. I mean you can use kind of anything you want but you might run the risk that older PC's may not read that file. So if you're sending it to somebody it may not open the file. Final question, is there a universal find and replace? What do you mean find and replace? Finds all my dots and rather than me manually doing it for each? Nope, you're going to have to go in and manually do it all. I mean maybe you could, if you're a programmer you could write your own program to go in and do it but that's not me sad to say. So, we just renamed our files, so now they're renamed and let me actually pull up these files within the finder to show you that indeed, beside the ones that we threw away that are still here, all the rest of them are now renamed. So I didn't have to save anything. It automatically saved out those names to the images in that folder.

Class Description

Setting up a practical and efficient workflow with your photography feels like a daunting part of your business. Internationally recognized photographer Michael Clark introduces you to techniques to allow you more time to shoot the images you want. His workflow philosophy is that you must first know how you are going to edit the image in post production to know how you need to shoot it.

In this class Michael teaches:

  • Best practices for a shooting workflow from setting up your camera to histograms and exposure
  • How to clean the sensor on your DSLR camera
  • Color management workflow including your work environment and monitor calibration
  • An overview of Lightroom® and multiple ways to speed up your workflow including file folder and batch naming as well as metadata and archival processes
  • Techniques to finalizing your images in Photoshop® with basic adjustments and retouching
  • Making fine art prints, choosing your printer, paper, understanding ICC profiles, and much more!

Michael covers everything you need to know in order to streamline your post production workflow in Lightroom® and Photoshop® and best practices for printing your art at home. Digital photography is far more complicated than shooting film ever was. Knowing the best practices for a digital workflow will make you a better photographer.


1Class Introduction 2Shooting Workflow: Set-up The Camera 3Shooting Workflow: Histograms and Exposure 4Shooting Workflow: Sensor Cleaning 5Overview of Color Management 6Color Management: Monitor 7Color Management: Workspace 8Color Management: Monitor Calibration 9Color Management: Do I Need This? 10Introduction to Lightroom® 11Download & Import Images With Lightroom® 12Lightroom® Preferences 13Six Ways to Speed-up Lightroom® 14To DNG or Not to DNG? 15A Logical Editing Process in Lightroom® 16File & Folder Naming in Lightroom® 17Batch Renaming in Lightroom® 18Entering Metadata in Lightroom® 19Managing Images in Lightroom® 20Introduction to the Develop Module in Lightroom® 21Lightroom® Develop Module 22Sharpening, Chromatic Aberration & Vignetting in Lightroom® 23Graduated Filters & Spot Tool in Lightroom® 24Converting images to Black & White in Lightroom® 25Creating Panoramas in Lightroom 26Creating HDR Images in Lightroom® 27Lightroom® to Photoshop® Workflow 28Export Images to Photoshop® 29Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Basic Adjustments 30Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Retouching 31Finalizing Images in Photoshop®: Saving Master Files 32Make Fine Art Prints: The Cost 33Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Printers 34Make Fine Art Prints: Ink Jet Papers 35Make Fine Art Prints: Understand ICC Profiles 36Make Fine Art Prints: Sharpen Image 37Printing From Photoshop® 38Printing From Lightroom® 39Compare Monitor to Physical Prints 40Printing Black & White Image 41Extended Workflow: Back Up Images 42Extended Workflow: Storage Options 43Extended Workflow: Archiving Images 44Submitting images to Clients 45Prepping Images for Social Media 46Alternative Workflows 47Final Q&A


a Creativelive Student

Michael is a true professional and readily explains all of the nitty gritty issues of a photographer's digital workflow, including important things like Color Management, Lightroom workflows, Printing, and more. He is eager to answer your questions and has a thorough knowledge (after all, he worked with the original engineers at Adobe and wrote a book on it) and passion that he loves to share. He can get way deep into the subject, which I found fascinating. You can tell Michael has great experience in teaching and also likes to learn from his students. He is very authentic, honest, and direct. I highly recommend this class, and look forward to another one of Michael's courses in the future!

a Creativelive Student

This is an excellent course. It reinforced what I already knew and enhanced my spotty skills with new knowledge. I really like Michael's explanation of saving the document for print and web and the importance of doing these differently. Using the histogram to show this was terrific. Each session there is some valuable gem.

Angelita Sanchez

A fantastic course to give you a complete view of the full process of photography. Michael is an awesome instructor, very organized! A clear mind, and an approachable instructor always willing to answer your questions! A must for all photographers!