I've posted on this subject before, but I have a new twist that I'd like to get some feedback on.
I usually import my photos, keeping the master (now called original) file name until the end of the calendar year. At the end of the year, I like to change the original name for classification and archiving purposes. By then, I've usually made all of the deletions for the year, so I feel comfortable renaming the photos with some sort of counter or index. My preferred classification system is: "Custom Name"/"Image Date_"/"Counter" (0000).
The problem that I'm experiencing is that it is impossible to rename my originals using this format without some inaccuracies if I try to name them all at once without readjusting the computer's internal time zone settings. I live on the east coast, so if I have a photo shot at 10:30 pm PDT on 2011-03-14, it gets named with a date of 2011-03-15, which obviously isn't accurate for when that photo was shot. Well, it is accurate based on East Coast Time, but I want the file to be renamed with the date that it was shot, where it was shot, not where my computer currently resides. Of course, I could rename the batch of 2011 photos in segments, but that would mean multiple quits/reopens from Aperture in order to change the time zone appropriately.
It seems that my only choices are to either rename my photos at the time of import using the correct time zone settings on my computer, or to not use this renaming format. Neither of these options are very appealing, since this renaming format is my preferred method.
I guess my question is: does anyone have any insights or advice on either how to better work around this problem, or if not, other renaming methods that they like to use for archival and organizational purposes? I know there are many to choose from, but I'm looking for something simple, which also provides direct information about the image, should I want to reference my Originals (which I do outside of Aperture from time to time).
Thanks for adding to this discussion...