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 Naturally, every photographer will follow different rules for naming their files. In the course of this article, I will outline and provide support for my own reasoning in naming files. This is the way I think is best, though opinions may vary and you are welcome to disagree. My rules attempt to take into account various factors such as computer operating systems’ file handling, file handing on the web, file name consistency in various locations, file identification, Lightroom behavior and more. Naturally, every photographer will follow different rules for naming their files. In the course of this article, I will outline and provide support for my own reasoning in naming files. This is the way I think is best, though opinions may vary and you are welcome to disagree. My rules attempt to take into account various factors such as computer operating systems’ file handling, file handing on the web, file name consistency in various locations, file identification, Lightroom behavior and more.
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 As Lightroom users, the first thing we must take into account is Lightroom’s handling of file names. This is a consideration comprising two parts. The first, is our file handling preferences; the second is exporting from the Web module and will be discussed below. In Lightroom’s Preferences, go to the File Handling tab and locate the options for “File Name Generation”. Pictured below are my recommendations for how to setup these options. As Lightroom users, the first thing we must take into account is Lightroom’s handling of file names. This is a consideration comprising two parts. The first, is our file handling preferences; the second is exporting from the Web module and will be discussed below. In Lightroom’s Preferences, go to the File Handling tab and locate the options for “File Name Generation”. Pictured below are my recommendations for how to setup these options.
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 By setting our File Name Generation rules this way, we give ourselves a sort of insurance against pilot error when naming files in the future. And this leads us to our first rule of file naming: By setting our File Name Generation rules this way, we give ourselves a sort of insurance against pilot error when naming files in the future. And this leads us to our first rule of file naming:
  
-1. __Do not use spaces or special characters in your file names__.+### 1. __Do not use spaces or special characters in your file names__.
  
 Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting, Lightroom’s Web export behavior and web use. Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting, Lightroom’s Web export behavior and web use.
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 In summary, the only characters we will be using in file names are letters, numbers and underscores. In summary, the only characters we will be using in file names are letters, numbers and underscores.
  
-2. __Begin file names with an alphabetic identifier__.+### 2. __Begin file names with an alphabetic identifier__.
  
 Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting, file identification in your Library and web use. Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting, file identification in your Library and web use.
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-3. __Date your files in the format YYYYMMDD__.+### 3. __Date your files in the format YYYYMMDD__.
  
 Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting. Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting.
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-4. __Use descriptive keywords in your file names__.+### 4. __Use descriptive keywords in your file names__.
  
 Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting, file identification in your Library and search engine optimization on the web. Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting, file identification in your Library and search engine optimization on the web.
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-5. __End it with a four-digit sequential counter__.+### 5. __End it with a four-digit sequential counter__.
  
 Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting. Considerations taken into account by this rule include file sorting.
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