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Thu, Jun 28, 2018 3:49 AM

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Lightroom 6 renaming photos

Problem changing photo names in Lightroom 6. Having a problem changing photo names in Lightroom 6. For example: I originally name a photo (date) (original file number) (custom text).

This could look like 20180622 DSC06298 Cat.

I want to change it to 20180622 DSC06298 Dog

When I try to change the name, Lightroom retains my original re-name (20180622 DSC06298 Cat) as the original file name (vs what I consider the original name of DSC06298). If I try to rename it, I get something like 20180622 DSC06298 Cat 20180622 DSC06298 Dog. In other words, I've been unable to figure out how to discard my original re-name and to start again from scratch as I did when I first named the photo. 

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Champion

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2 years ago

Lightroom calls the original filename "the filename set when importing into LR" so your best best is probably this plug-in: http://lightroomsolutions.com/complex-file-renaming-in-lightroom-thanks-to-search-and-replace/

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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2 years ago

You could try using different approach - rename the file outside of LR and then use the file find utility (i.e. click on the "?" in the corner of the thumb nail of the image in its original folder).
I've never found LR's file naming options sufficiently flexible for my requirements - e.g. no DDMMYY option for us 'old world' users, so I use FastStone's Image Viewer (freeware with option to donate) as this has no constraints so far as my needs are concerned.

Champion

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Remember that this option only works for individual images! Even the 'Find Nearby Photos' option won't do anything if you rename photos outside of Lightroom. So for a handful of images this will work fine, but don't try it with a large number of images, unless you have a lot of spare time...

Johan W. Elzenga,

http://www.johanfoto.com

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2 years ago

Thank you Victoria and Steve for your suggestions. I will give both a try.

Champion

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2 years ago

As Victoria said, Lightroom calls the original filename "the filename set when importing into LR".  This is the reason I NEVER use the rename option in import and always rename after I import the photos and then the camera filename is retained as original. I discovered this early on when I ran into the issue like you have.  

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2 years ago

Robert & Victoria --
This is interesting because I did not rename the files when importing into LR (I've never done this and don't know how to do it). I renamed the files (in the Library module) after I had imported the files unaltered from the memory card. But Lightroom still considers my initial renamed file as the "original filename" when I try to alter the name.

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2 years ago

(follow-up to previous post)
I just had a thought. The situation I'm currently dealing with involves a trip using a travel laptop. I did some editing and renaming of photos while traveling. Upon returning home, I merged my "laptop travel catalog" with my master catalog at home and am now editing from my master catalog. Could this be why Lightroom sees my renamed photos as "original filenames"?

Champion

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Yep, that'd do it.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

www.lightroomqueen.com

Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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2 years ago

OK, mystery solved and I'll know what not to do in the future. Thank you all.