A certain part of my workflow involves importing images into LR with their original names (DSC_Whatever), editing them and exporting as a new name e.g. LL_001. The new name is a custom name including the initials of the client and the numbers in their set.
The problem I have is that when a client orders their pictures and I go back into LR to print them. The image numbers are still DSC etc. The only way I have been finding the files they have ordered is by cross-referencing them with the contact sheets I sent out in the first place which is obviously very time-consuming if I'm dealing with 50+ images.
I found a way in the library to rename the files by highlighting them all and pressing ctrl+f2. This works great but it renames virtual copies as something like LL_001-2 which is not how the renaming works when exporting. The reason I use virtual copies is that I convert certain images into a black and white copy.
If I'm honest I'm starting to get a bit tired of messing around with the renaming problem. I don't see what I'm doing as particularly out of the ordinary.
The question is, can I somehow rename the virtual copies using this method and by giving the copy the next number in the sequence? If not, is there another way to rename all files the same way as the export?
Example: Files imported into lightroom: DSC_250.raw, DSC_251.raw, DSC_252.raw
DSC_251.raw- created virtual copy: DSC_25.raw, DSC_251.raw, DSC_251-1.raw, DSC_252.raw
Ctrl+a, ctrl+f2, rename all starting from LL_001: LL_001.raw, LL_002.raw, LL_002-1.raw, LL_003.raw
Ctrl+a, export all images with new name starting from LL_001 (just to get a seq number): LL_001.jpg, LL_002.jpg, LL_003.jpg, LL_004.jpg
The issue now I have my files renamed perfectly for the client but they do not match the names in Lightroom.
I'm not looking for an explanation of what a virtual copy is. I know it's not a real file and I'm just looking for a valid solution of how to give the file a useful name from the same sequence as the other files so that they match customer contact sheets. If you are able to tell me an alternative way of doing it (not exporting and re-importing jpegs) then I would be grateful but please don't just explain what a virtual copy is.