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Renaming 13,000 photographs and XMP Files. LightRoom Wins.

As I mentioned not long ago I have always been a huge fan of Adobe PhotoShop LightRoom (Although its full name can be a real mouthful!). I Love the non-destructive transforms and its great at organising my photos straight from the camera. I read today of a different challenge from the National geographic digital photography blog. The author had been sent the following challenging set of files.

  • I received 13,000 images from a photographer. The files are named incorrectly and many hundreds of images have the same name.
  • All files need to be sorted by the time they were created and renamed from 1 through 13,000.
  • The files are located within more than 140 sub-folders by file category and in no apparent date order.
  • Each of the images has an XMP file containing the caption information and this file needs to be renamed exactly as the file is named.

The Author seemed to think LightRoom is the only program up to the job. Understanding XMP Files, and allowing the user to sort by date. One thing I didn’t see mentioned was its ability to remove suspected duplicates.

Read the full ‘task-off’ over at National Geographic.

Also this evening Ihave fallen on a couple of use full links that offer some free Presets for LightRoom users to make use of.

LightRoom-Extra.com – Has everything from templates, to presets.
lightroompresets.com – Only seems to provide downloads for development presets in LightRoom