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01-20-2019, 05:25 PM   #16
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I use the first 3 characters to identify the camera used, and then the image number. When transferring to hard drive the folders are named for location, with subfolders by date yyyy.mm.dd. Backed up daily to further set of hard drives in rotation.

01-20-2019, 05:44 PM   #17
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Create a folder for each year - it will be easier too, to backtrack files.
01-21-2019, 01:28 AM   #18
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I'am using the utilitiy program which came with my first digital camera a Nikon P5000 to change the filename completely into a date based. The filenames are built like: YYYYMMDD-NNNN-XXXX.jpg, where NNNN ist a counter set by the program and XXXX stands for a unique identifier for the camera like K10D for example.
Thus the files are named like this:
20190116-0001-K10D.jpg
20190116-0002-K10D.jpg
20190120-0001-K10D.jpg - Note, that the counter is reset with a new day by the importing program!
....

When taking two cameras at the same time I set their time before going into the field onto the second. I then expand the filename by the timestamp which looks like this when copied to the same folder:
20190116-102345-K10D.jpg
20190116-102350-K10D.jpg
20190116-102450-istD.jpg
20190116-102623-K10D.jpg
...

The advantage of this method is, the files are always sorted in the order they have been taken.
The disadvantage for the first method ist, I haven't found any other import interface, that adds the NNNN part by itself as the Nikon program does, i.e. reseting it for every day.
The second method does not need the NNNN part, as long as you do not shoot multiple pictures within one second. I guess to built a unique filename based on date and time should be able with the import interface of most of the programs made for handling digital photos.

A quick search for ACDSee i.e. showed that it is possible to rename the files even to Date/Time-originalfilenumber. IMatch for example is capable to rename files based on every exif-information.
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These are all great suggestions. Thanks everyone. I'm going to do some exploring of all these program names or methods and find what works best for me.

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I'm totally different. I open the SD Card folder and open the date folder (my default setting) of the images I want to transfer to my computer, then I "select all">copy.
I create a new folder on my computer, name it by location/project/subject or whatever so I can just run a search for key words some time in the future. Then I open that folder and paste the copied images in there.

If I'm running 2 cameras, I'll keep the same structure, but create 2 sub-folders (1 for each camera) and paste each cameras images into their corresponding folder.
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