I thought this was professional gear.......
Seems eminently logical to me. And to millions of photographers around the globe. But not to Canon. Canon will allow you to write copyright info to the metadata but you can't change the naming config. (If you can, let me know how---in the camera----and I'll send you a copy of my book. One person only). Who cares if you only shoot with one camera body? But what do you do if you shoot two pretty new cameras like a 5d2 and a 7D? When I shot my project on weds., thurs., fri. of last week I came home and started doing my regular workflow. It was then I noticed LR 3 tagging some files with a "-2" which means that there's already a file in the folder with the original name. Yikes. I went back and looked at everything I shot and there was a 250 or so shot overlap.
So I went into the LR3 menus and figured out how to do a rename. But it's a pain the butt because you have to conceive of a naming convention and make sure to keep track and reset for each camera you download from. What a stupid idea.
My searches on the web were interesting. I quickly learned that most people buy a re-naming program and run it on the folders after they are downloaded from the CF card to the hard drive. Adding a big ole step. And again, you have to figure out a consistent way to tag the right camera. So if you have pocket full of CF's to download you are in a for a mondo fact finding session before you can get anywhere near messing with your files or doing any editing (in my book editing is "thumbs up or thumbs down" on images, not post processing.....).
I ended up buying the best reviewed of the renaming programs and I'm sure it will work fine but I shouldn't have had to do it. It should be a simple matter to make the camera work for me rather than the other way around. I guess this is in the same category as Nikon forcing people to buy Capture NX instead of bundling like Canon does with their software. But what if you are in the field shooting for a magazine with two bodies and you need to do stuff quickly?
It just plain sucks and it makes me a bit angry. What do you guys who shoot Canon do? Don't tell me your whole workflow but what do you do to ingest images and how do you decide how they will be labeled or renamed? These are pressing questions for me. Last week, from Sunday to Sunday we shot nearly 4800 files. I want to make sure that this first step (ingesting) doesn't screw up the rest of my workflow. Anybody got suggestions?
Again, if I'm wrong, you know I'll apologize to Canon. But if I'm right I'm sure I'm not the only one pissed off about getting dozens of menu options I'll never use but not getting the one feature that every pro would use.........