Share this post with your friends:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

Batch Renaming your Photos with Mac OS X Yosemite

Developing a file structure is one of the first steps in creating your workflow. Whether youre using Lightroom to manage your library or Bridge to view folders of photos, its much easier to find a specific photo if you use a descriptive filename.

In my personal workflow, I include the date, project name, and image number. So for example: 2014-09-16_ND_Scout_0001.nef

Most everything I shoot is on one day. However, if youre shooting for multiple days, with multiple cameras on larger shoots, then I recommend you include that information too. That would look like this:


Mac OS X Yosemite offers a really easy way to rename your photos right in the Finder.

Step 1

After your images are copied from the card, open the folder and select all photos. Right-click and choose Rename Items.

Step 2

On the renaming window, we have the option to Replace Text, Add Text or Format the entire filename. You can use Replace Text if you wanted to keep the image numbers coming out of your camera, but I want to create new numbers. Choose Format.

Step 3

Click on the Name Format dropdown menu and choose Name and Counter.

Step 4

The Custom Format field is where you can add your new file name. I like to add a reverse date (2014-09-16 or 20140916) and then the name of my photo shoot. Adding a hypen or underscore helps to separate the file name, without putting spaces in the name.

Step 5

Now we need to add the image numbers. Click the Where dropdown and choose to put the numbers after name. Then make sure youre starting at number 1.

Step 6

Click Rename. Depending on how many photos youre renaming, this process should be nearly instant.

With renamed and organized files, I can easily search and find anything I need from my library in just a few minutes.

Share this post with your friends:
Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email

You might also like:

Thanks to our partners who make Photofocus possible:

Drobo – Drobo is the smartest storage solution in the world. Drobo is storage that protects data — photos, videos and everything else — from hard drive failure. Drobo is peace of mind for the working pro or serious amateur who have a lot of external drives cluttering up the desktop. Save 10% with the coupon code PHOTOFOCUS.

Lume Cube – Proudly known as the World’s Most Versatile Light™, Lume Cube represents the future of LED Lighting. Check out the new Lume Cube STROBE, offering anti-collison lighting for drones!

Backblaze – Get peace of mind knowing your files are backed up securely in the cloud. Back up your Mac or PC just $6/month.

B&H – B&H is a world renowned supplier of all the gear photographers, videographers, and cinematographers need and want to create their very best work.

Skylum – Your photos, more beautiful in minutes. Makers of Luminar, Aurora and Photolemur, Skylum adapts to your style and skill level. Check out the new Luminar 3, now available.

Perfectly Clear Complete – Built for precision. Made for beauty. Perfectly Clear has mastered the science of intelligent image correction – creating superior quality photos in record time, so you can get back to doing what you really love…in no time. Special Photofocus deal here.

Viewbug – Learn and improve your photography with over 500 videos. Trusted by millions around the world, join over 2 million photographers who already use Viewbug.