All In A Day’s Work

With the Christmas shopping complete, the house decorated, the outdoor lights up, I’m hunkered in to finish out the year on cruise control.

I finished up converting my wife’s old VHS home movies to digital, some 40 or so tapes. I nibbled at that for a week or so and it went fairly well all things considered.

I spent the day yesterday going through my Adobe Lightroom catalogs and noticed that I had quite a few catalogs with file names that were inconsistent between the catalogs. I decided to rename all of my image files using a common convention/methodology, to something that would make it virtually impossible for any two files to have the same name. If one relies solely on the names that come out of camera, one will end up with duplicate names. I settled on using a foolproof method of naming each file by “year-Julian day-hour-minute-second” in one continuous string.  The end result is a long name, but no two files will have the same name under any circumstances with the only exception being files photographed in bursts the same exact second, which will have a -2, -3, -4 ect tagged on to the end, which is fine, as that identifies the burst sequence. Plus, I can look at any image file and know instantly when it was taken without having to examine the exif info.

Today’s photo is image 2009183110920.cr2.  That tells me it’s a photo taken on July 2nd, 2009 at 11:09:20. I used a Sigma 105mm macro. The camera was a Canon EOS 50D.

Why such an old file?  Well, for starters, I just purchased a Sigma 105 EX DG macro lens on eBay for the Nikon mount. Ten years ago, I owned the same Sigma lens for the Canon mount and simply loved it. It was my go-to macro lens for many years until I sold it to a friend of mine when I switched from Canon to Nikon. I’ve been watching eBay for one of these lenses to come up for a year now. It’s a fantastic macro lens and they are far and few between when they do come up and usually command a high price. I got the alert this morning of a excellent condition Nikon version for under $200, so I jumped on it.

So, I’ve been having fun sitting in the office, working on old images and catalogs and scanning eBay for deals.

All in a day’s work.

New Tutorial – Image File Organization Adobe Lightroom

I’ve created my first video tutorial on “Image File Organization for Adobe Lightroom”,  now available on my YouTube channel.

I’ve been playing around with this idea for a while now and I’ve finally assembled the software and hardware on the PC that allows me to do video productions.

It’s a bit of a learning curve; however, I think I have the fundamentals down.  Something to do over the long winter months. Stay tuned, I’ll be producing more of these in the future.