Daily Archives: December 2, 2013

embrace chaos

# 9031

# 9031

Believe it or not, I have been criticized for not assigning names to posted photos.  A lot of photographers are very good at this and they attach a tag that is either descriptive or evocative.  I’m just not very good at doing this so I just use the file number.  When I shot film I had a numbering system I used which consisted of the year (2 digits), a sequential roll number (3 digits) and a frame number (2 digits).  On all the prints I made I wrote the corresponding number on the back of the print with a Dixon marker.  If I had to go back and make another print I knew exactly where to look.  The digital frame number provides the same handy way of finding a file.  Also, I tend to be lazy and assigning names for posted photos seems like a lot of work that I’d rather not do.  I would prefer to spend the time behind the camera (or cutting the grass, shoveling the driveway or trying to find the “START” button on Windows 8).  But this is just me and I wouldn’t want to discourage anyone from assigning a nice name to each of their photos.