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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

ExifTool is pretty much the Swiss army chainsaw for doing these kinds of things. It has a steep learning curve, but once you're over it, the kind of renaming you're after is a snap: exiftool -d '%Y%...
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Why is my DSLR taking duplicate pictures?

Have you checked file extensions? You might have your camera set in the RAW+JPEG storing mode, producing both .JPG and .NEF file for each shot, showing the same thumbnail for both of them. Also many ...
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What is a resolution unit?

This is in the Exif standard for metadata, on page 26: ResolutionUnit The unit for measuring XResolution and YResolution. The same unit is used for both XResolution and ...
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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

For simple things where the flexibility, power, and complication of ExifTool aren't necessary, I like to use the tool jhead. It's a command-line tool available for Linux, Mac, and Windows. jhead -n%Y%...
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Why do copies of the same photo have slightly different file sizes?

If the images actually are duplicates then the additional data is most likely to be metadata which has been added at some point. In other words the files have been modified, although the picture ...
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How can I delete files previously removed from Darktable?

Darktable has two distinct operations: Remove and Delete/Trash. By default, the DEL key is bound to the former. That just removes the information about that file from the database, and doesn't affect ...
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Is there a free visual similarity image local hard drive search?

I've been using visipics which i found out about on lifehacker which works very well. This is the excerpt from the site I recommend VisiPics (pictured above). It scans the actual photo content ...
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How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

'Photography files' are no different to any other kind of file. Use NTFS (because it allows for larger files and is generally the newer, better system) and the default allocation unit size - a larger ...
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What's a good Lightroom Alternative that sorts images by dimensions and aspect ratios?

You can do this with free software - XnView MP. In Browser mode you can select icon with folders on right, select Details and then click on the column you want to use for sort.
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Why is my external drive missing from Picasa?

There are certain types of drives that Picasa refuses to list in its "Folder Manager" – generally these are drives formatted with the exFAT file-system, commonly used on USB sticks. There are two ...
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Simple Tool or script to sort in folders and by date RAW images in linux?

Exiftool reads many raw formats. You can use a command similar to this one to rename your photo files : exiftool '-filename<CreateDate' -d %y%m%d_%H%M%S%%-c.%%le -r -ext cr2 /path/to/pictures ...
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What's the best way to share photos with a client?

DropBox is free unless you want/need a larger storage allowance, which will cost you. (https://www.dropbox.com/buy?_tk=individual_hero_button) PixieSet is free, though the website takes a 15% ...
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Should I bother organising into file system folders in Lightroom or just use metadata?

Interestingly, I also found the same blog when starting out with Lightroom. There are many ways to get images organized and I found have a file-system structure is very helpful. First is that the ...
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How do I delete from the disk pictures I deleted in a folder in Lightroom CC?

For those who have done the same mistake here is how to proceed: In the Library view, right click on a folder and select Synchronize... Check both Import new photos and Show import dialog before ...
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Darktable on multiple machines

You didn't mention your DAM in text but since you speak about Darktable in title, I assume that this is your program of choice. I think that (a variant of) 1. is the most recommended method since ...
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How to format a 4TB hard disk for photography files?

Use NTFS unless you plan on connecting this drive to a system which only supports FAT. Also, set the Allocation Unit Size as high as possible per http://www.howtogeek.com/136078/what-should-i-set-the-...
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Lightroom 6 - suggestions on how organize pictures

Lightroom is strongest in VIRTUAL organization. You have numerous choices, among them (and not mutually exclusive): You can physically (on disk) organize in any way convenient; I personally prefer ...
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What is a resolution unit?

From MSDN Knowledge Database System.Image.ResolutionUnit Indicates the resolution units. Used for images with a non-square aspect ratio, but without meaningful absolute dimensions. 1 = No ...
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How can I rename files to match their EXIF "created date"?

I use the following script, placed in ~/.local/share/nautilus/scripts (this should work for any Linux distro using Nautilus as a file manager): #!/bin/bash exiftool -fileOrder DateTimeOriginal -...
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When shooting RAW + JPEG , is there a way to delete the raw files without deleting the corresponding JPEG, without having to hook it up to PC/laptop?

My Canon cameras also behave like this and AFAIK this is standard behavior for all cameras. Assuming 40-50MB for a JPEG+Raw pair you can still put over 1200 shots in a 64GB card. This is quite a lot. ...
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When shooting RAW + JPEG , is there a way to delete the raw files without deleting the corresponding JPEG, without having to hook it up to PC/laptop?

Although I do agree with some of the comments, like that it makes more sense to keep all your photos on the phone rather than the camera, what you do is ultimately up to you. So I will answer your ...
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How to save Darktable edits as a file?

Darktable saves edits in sidecar files. Sidecar files have the file extension .xmp and are a list of instructions to reproduce the history of edits. Because the edits are stored as instructions in the ...
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How do you keep organized in LR?

In short the use of metadata is the most powerful and flexible way to be able to find and organise your photographs and Lightroom is designed with that approach in mind. Adding location metadata and ...
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Can I copy a Lightroom catalog between computers?

Yes, you can. However, the real consideration is what to do with the catalogs after you do some editing on either copy. Remember, you need not only the catalog, but the images themselves, so you ...
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Why is my DSLR taking duplicate pictures?

I found my D7000 was doing this in timer re is a setting where you can select how many photos you want the camera to take when it's on a timer.. I fixed it by going int the settings for the self-timer ...
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When bracketing photos, how do you keep track of them during post?

One common way to do this is before and after a bracketing sequence, take a quick shot of your hand. That stands out and you know that all the shots between the two "hand" shots are the bracketing ...
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What are some common uses for stacking in Lightroom?

Off the top of my head (I'm assuming you mean stacking feature within the filmstrip, not the computational photography techniques which you cannot do in plain Lightroom-5): I sometimes use stacks ...
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What are some common uses for stacking in Lightroom?

There are several times when I find this useful: When shooting RAW+JPEG, I stack them together. Auto-Stacking gets this perfectly since these files have exactly the same time-stamp. Note that on some ...
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What are some common uses for stacking in Lightroom?

I use stacking purely for images that will (or have been) merged into a HDR image (either within Lightroom or externally with e.g. Enfuse) or a panorama image (again, either within Lightroom or ...
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Attach camera via USB, or remove the cards from the camera?

Card-Reader Can Still be Faster A camera might be designed to write 35 megabytes per second to the card and handle the “U1” standard, and reading back out is oddly capped at 20 Mbytes/s due to the USB ...

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