labeling photos

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by deborah_davis, Dec 26, 2017.

  1. Where is the setting for naming images as I shoot them? ie. I have a large number of items with style numbers which I need to keep organized by number.
    I'm using a Nikon D610.
     
  2. I think the option you want is 'Image Comment", described on page 253 of the manual.
     
  3. " described on page 253 of the manual"
    Reminds me why I like my film cameras........
     
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  4. ShunCheung

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    Image comment essentially puts the same comment onto each image file. For example a lot of people put their copyright statement there.

    I wonder whether the OP would like to specify the image file names. You can specify three letters to replace the default DSC in the DSC_0001.JPG type image file names. That is on page 216 of the D610 English manual.
     
  5. "Image comment essentially puts the same comment onto each image file."

    - Only if it's left unchanged between shots! If the comment is changed before taking a shot, the next shot will be labelled with the revised comment, leaving the previous comment attached to the preceding picture.

    Comments cannot be attached to a picture or edited after it's taken however.

    "..For example a lot of people put their copyright statement there."

    - Not sure why anyone would do that when there's a separate copyright field specifically for that purpose.

    Anyhow. 'Typing' into the comment field in-camera is a tedious process. Personally I find a notebook much quicker and easier - old school stylee.

    "Reminds me why I like my film cameras........"
    - But nobody forces anyone to use the dozens of convenient features described in the comprehensive manual. Luddites can simply use the shutter speed, aperture and focus ring controls, while limiting the ISO to 400 and the white balance to daylight.
     
  6. "But nobody forces anyone to use the dozens of convenient features described in the comprehensive manual. Luddites can simply use the shutter speed, aperture and focus ring controls, while limiting the ISO to 400 and the white balance to daylight."

    And nobody "forces" anyone to buy a tool with features they choose to supplant with a "quicker and easier" notebook.
    They do it of their own volition.
    Funny, that.
     
  7. Silly question... I believe older higher end Nikons allowed you to add a voice annotation to an image, specifically to label what it was of, although using that to do any automated sorting would be hard. I've never checked, but now most cameras have microphones for video, can you still usefully do this? Depending on file names you might at least be able to record a tiny video snippet with an audio note.

    It won't really help with automated organisation (without running some voice recognition script...) but it might be easier than entering text every image.
     
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  8. Considering just how good voice to txt software is now, it should be really, really simple to do this at the taking stage.

    Seems bonkers you can include the shots location to within a couple of meters, your altitude and which direction your facing anywhere on the planet, but can't easily add a unique searchable txt note.
     
  9. "Seems bonkers you can include the shots location to within a couple of meters, your altitude and which direction your facing anywhere on the planet, but can't easily add a unique searchable txt note."

    - Indeed it does Mike.
    The issue would be providing a useable keyboard interface, rather than the cumbersome joystick one-letter-at-a-time method.

    I'm wondering if Nikon's (very) broken WiFi camera communication app allows for editing image info via a smartphone? Nikon shows no sign of fixing it in a hurry though.

    Does cable connection via USB OTG work I wonder? My phone doesn't support OTG, so I can't try it.

    Another option would be to utilise the touch-sensitive screen that's becoming commonplace. Does any DSLR support such a function? My notebook's getting a bit dogeared.
     
  10. According to the D850 manual, you can use the touchscreen to enter copyright text. Not quite up to the smartphone standards of being able to use predictive text, Swype-style finger dragging or verbal text recognition, but at least better than a joystick. Okay for copyright, not so much for notes.

    Part of me would like Nikon to do this better, and part doesn't trust their software abilities and would rather they concentrated on other stuff...

    I'd like to think it could be easy enough to hack a script together, but that's speaking as a software engineer. Making it user friendly would take a little longer...
     

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