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Rename Images In Associated Sequence (HDR, Pano)

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I've been looking for a plug-in to do the following. If I have 3 bracketed images, I would like to be able to select them then rename them against the '0' EV image fname in the following way:
  • fname-EV0
  • fname-EVPnn (plus EV)
  • fname-EVMnn (minus EV)
I know that LRc processing of HDR will put everything into a stack, but this renaming convention would allow me to know that the image is part of an HDR independantly.

I can also see the same benefit for a Pano e.g. fname-P1,fname-P2,fname-P3 etc.

Some thought would need to be given to an HDR/Pano.

Any thoughts?

Thanks
 
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As a rule, plugins can't rename files in LR.

What you can do is manipulate a title or other field with my Search and Replace, and then use that field's value in LR's built-in renaming. The method is described here.

Conceivably a plugin could loop through selected images figuring out 3 frame brackets, 5 frame brackets, pano and HDR etc, and it could then apply the above method. But I've not seen any that do so.
 
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I know that LRc processing of HDR will put everything into a stack, but this renaming convention would allow me to know that the image is part of an HDR independantly.
So why don't you rename then something like 'Original File Name - HDR'? That is easy to do with a template in Lightroom. There is no need to have the EV in the name, as you can easily see that in other ways. I do it by using the purple label for these images.
 
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As a rule, plugins can't rename files in LR.
Thanks for that insight John.
So why don't you rename then something like 'Original File Name - HDR'? That is easy to do with a template in Lightroom
Thanks Johan. I was wondering about a renaming template but that means I need to identify the files before import. I was looking to try and automate this as much as possible.


I currently use EXIFTOOL to rename and post initial metadata to my photos before moving them into LR. I started this when I was using Nikon CX.

I've also created a Python program to find only 'keepers' for backing up to the cloud. I can read RAW files for metadata values using a EXIFTOOL Python wrapper so will likely try and craft something myself when I know I have HDR shots in an Import Set.
 
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Thanks Johan. I was wondering about a renaming template but that means I need to identify the files before import. I was looking to try and automate this as much as possible.
No, you don’t. You can also rename photos after they have been imported, using the same templates.
 
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