This is a guest blog post by Leon Sandoval, Colorati‘s CEO. While he may be a tad bit too modest to say so, based in Carlsbad, CA Leon and his team provide the very best post production services in the business and help make for some very happy photographers.
Greetings, Tiffinbox community!
When Seshu and I had a conversation about content for a video tutorial I knew without a doubt we had to talk about file naming. Clearly, it's one of the workflow elements that seems to cause photographers the most trouble. There are no standards or guidelines and we all seem to have learned by trial and error.
What I've seen is that people either abandon file naming altogether or get too fancy. And sometimes we see a combination of naming conventions within one event that simply do more harm than good.
Good file naming will help you do the following:
a) Sort your files by file name in any software on any computer and see the timeline as it took place in real life.
b) Easily find the files you are looking for. Speed and efficiency are key here, so having unique “tags” can help.
c) Achieve more consistent results in regards to White Balance, Exposure, Contrast and other aspects of your visual editing.
Will this tutorial answer all of your questions and solve all of your problems? Unlikely. My hope is that it gets you thinking. Hopefully you'll walk away with a couple of tips that set you on the right path to a creating a system that works well for you.
Enjoy this exclusive Tiffinbox video tutorial from your friends at Colorati!