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Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 26, 2013, 04:34:33 PM »
@Digbydriver - I understand date is more important than subject. Used to think otherwise, but in terms of organizing inside the computer (not inside my head) the date is more important. Thanks!

@PaulTopol - Yes, I will look for a free trial and see how it goes. Thanks!

@Halfrack - I have come up with DW60D_YYYYMMDD_HHMM_####.cr2 (initials, camera etc). Thank you!

@dstppy - I'm first renaming everything I have (just bought Better Rename 9, wow, terrific program), and then I will start to organize. I have decided to store the originals in two external HDs (mirrored) and use LR to catalog, and to not copy the files into the iMac. On the external HDs, I will sort files by year and month, and use tagging on LR more religiously. Then, I will back up folders a second time to DVDs, also in this year/month scheme. Thanks!

Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Leaving
« on: December 26, 2013, 09:27:40 AM »
I'm confused. What does CR have to do with the conflict in Syria? I read the news report and cant find any sort of a connection between the two. ???

No idea here either.
Longest useless thread ever.

EOS Bodies / Re: Change from T3i to 70d, or invest in a new lens?
« on: December 24, 2013, 02:30:35 PM »
Figuring out needs and priorities should come before new gear.

In short, the simplest answer is a question: what do you feel you are missing with your current setup? If you find yourself unable to make the shots you want because of your lenses, look for new lenses. If you find yourself unable to make shots because of your camera, look for a new camera that has the features you need. If you find that your final pictures aren't what you envisioned, then invest in better software.

You won't get better pieces of advice than those two.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $648
« on: December 23, 2013, 07:14:19 PM »
I always get really excited when I see good deals such as this. Then I remember I live in norway :(

Funny :-). Seriously though, aren't there deals in Norway? What's the price over there?

Here in Brazil the 6D can't even be found at stores (just searched -- not even online), but the 60D is worth around US$ 2,000 body-only and up to US$ 3,500 with the 18-200 kit lens. Pretty ridiculous.

Are you serious? That's crazy! For that amount, you could probably fly to the US to buy it, and still have money left after paying airfare and hotel :-).
Exactly, plus you could get a second one and sell it for a reasonable amount when you return back!!

Very crazy indeed. Taxes represent 25-50% of the final price we pay for manufactured goods here. That's why many folks make money flying to the US and bringing stuff to sell back home for a price somewhere in between. Illegal, but it happens A LOT.
Both of my cameras, lenses, flash etc were brought to me by friends spending vacations in the US, so they cost me nothing but the price in US dollars (and a few bottles of wine...) :)
Services in general (maids, healthcare), food, housing etc are much cheaper here, on the other hand, which is very typical of underdeveloped countries.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 23, 2013, 10:03:38 AM »
I do not like to have identical file names so I use a naming scheme like this one:


Red are the original parts of the file name, 40d is the camera type and the cipher 1 is the first of my two 40Ds. The 00 prefix allows for unique names of the next 990000 shots.

Renaming is done with irfanview which lets you choose the files to rename in a batch job. The black part of the previous exampes is inserted by irfanview.
But try this feature with a copy of not so important files before you do the renaming of important data.

That's a great scheme, and I'll use it myself with a slight variation:


Well, I guess it's time to go organize some 10,000 photos now... :)

Thanks, mb66energy and all others!

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Deal: Canon EF 24-105 f/4L IS $648
« on: December 22, 2013, 08:24:02 PM »
I always get really excited when I see good deals such as this. Then I remember I live in norway :(

Funny :-). Seriously though, aren't there deals in Norway? What's the price over there?

Here in Brazil the 6D can't even be found at stores (just searched -- not even online), but the 60D is worth around US$ 2,000 body-only and up to US$ 3,500 with the 18-200 kit lens. Pretty ridiculous.

Canon General / Re: Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 22, 2013, 07:31:27 AM »
Wow, lots of good advice!
Thank you for sharing your own ways of doing it!
@Graham - A shortcut link is a simple but great idea!
@JPAZ - The 5D3 is really a great camera, isn't it? I will have to make do with the 60D for now, and will buy the 7D2 when (if?) it comes out (hopefully with that same functionality).
@extremeinstability - Terrific photos! Congratulations!
@Jack Douglas - I am thinking just that, getting things organized now (I will not work between Christmas and new year's eve) and spend 2014 taking pics... :)
@privatebydesign - I guess you are right. I should let LR do its job organizing for me so I can have more time posting here and learning (for my wife's desperation).
@Gert Arijs - Will give it a try right now!
@mrsfotografie - I am not familiar at all with EOS utility. Do you feel it is better than using a LR-only system?
Many, many thanks everyone!

Canon General / Renaming and storing photos
« on: December 21, 2013, 05:03:27 PM »
Hi everyone,
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.
Thank you!

EOS Bodies / Re: A 2014 Roadmap Part 1: The 7D Mark II is Coming [CR2]
« on: December 19, 2013, 02:14:29 PM »
That's great news, especially considering the CR2 tag. Thanks!  :)

Photography Technique / Re: What makes a photo great?
« on: December 17, 2013, 10:08:25 AM »
A photo is great when you look at it and think "damn, I wish I'd taken this one."

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon EOS 7D Firmware 2.0.5 Now Available
« on: December 11, 2013, 11:08:46 AM »
For a moment I thought I'd read "Canon 7Dm2 now available"... :(

Lots of good advice here!
My take on the subject: EVF, OVF, button placement, sensor size, DoF, high ISO IQ, all that comes second to AF, which is what matters most. (You already have your 60D for taking photographs with good IQ when tricky subjects and important events appear.)
You'd rather have a noisy photograph that's in focus than the other way around, so consider having the camera in your hands and testing the AF system before you buy it.
Good luck!

Lenses / Re: Advice on 70-200 lens
« on: December 10, 2013, 10:10:10 AM »
Thank you very much, Don!

Lenses / Re: Resolution EF 24-70 2.8 II L against EF 24-70 4.0 IS L
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:47:20 AM »
Not even the text makes sense to me.

Software & Accessories / Re: My Dell vs iMac
« on: December 10, 2013, 12:17:33 AM »
It looks like you want an iMac, and if that is the case there is not much to think. Spend some money and give yourself a present!  ;)
On the other hand, from what you said you will use it for, you seem to have a fast enough computer, and my guess is that most people here would prefer to put that money on equipment (mainly lenses). Ruined's advice sounded good to me, though, if you are feeling hampered by processing speed, but does not address your monitor issue.
I have myself given me a basic iMac (i5, 8GB, 21 inches) after getting tired of "not responding" messages and printer conflicts with Windows, and could not be happier. It is not the fastest computer on the block, but it is definitely enough for my needs.
Good luck!

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