I own a 60D, and bought a S120 about a month ago. Even though I like the little camera a lot for its "pocketability", it has given me an unexpected problem: identical filenames. But it gets much worse...
I used to rename my photos when importing into LR in my own way, which was Name/place - date - file number (e.g., Patricia - 2013 dec 12th - 001); I also had separate folders for each subject, like family, events, trips, portraits and so on. I decided to drop this system because subjects often overlap and I'd end up not knowing if I should put some file in the 2012 Christmas or Family folder. I then started keeping the original files in a single folder, stopped renaming at all, and was waiting for an opportunity (oh well, laziness) to bring old files from HDs and DVDs to that folder.
Making a long story short: now my computer is a mess, and so are my external HDs and DVDs with backups. (I even have duplicated files with different names in different folders.)
So, I'd really appreciate some suggestions:
- How do you suggest I name my files?
- Should I rename, after all?
- Should I just let LR put the files where it wants when importing and never mess with folders? Won't it make it harder to find the files later?
- Is it a bad idea to have them all in a single folder? I've seen people sorting files by year and month, but I'm not sure it makes sense to me since it's unlikely I'll remember when I took the photos.
I need a system that makes sense and that is unlikely to be changed in the future, and can't come with a good one on my own. (I'm sure you have no doubt about it by now...)
Sorry for writing too much.