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Quick Fix for iPhone Image Numbering when Shooting RAW + JPEG

Friday, September 7, 2018

Tuesday I underwent an epididymectomy, from issues that began when I had the mumps at the age of 40. Not exactly a major operation but I spent Wednesday in and out of ice packs.  Thursday I'm actually walking normally. In my advanced state of boredom I began contemplating what to do about a little work-flow problem involving shooting RAW in the iPhone. I like the Camera + 2 app for this. You end up with a neatly stacked RAW+JPG file in Photos. So far so good. But when you open PhotoSync and send these to the computer you see very nice sequentially numbered jpegs along with RAW files (.dng) looking like they do in the screen shot above – what the heck?

     Well, just try and link these files together in Photos on the Mac or any other image referencing application. But just a little head scratching – not nearly enough to use up as many hours as I was trying to kill – I came up with a quick work-flow solution. So, in case anyone is interested, or has found the same issue, here it is, and it’s actually pretty simple:

1– In the Camera+ 2 preferences make sure that Save combined JPEG + RAW is checked. The alternative, Save separate JPEG and RAW DNG yields file numbers even trickier to fix – with JPEGS having all even or odd file numbers and DNG the opposite.

2– PhotoSync references the images on the iPhone in Photos. This is how you will see them – neatly stacked. Select and send these to the computer.

3– Right there in the import folder on the computer, I batch select the files with the DNG ending. Right-click on them and select Rename the six files selected.

4– In the Rename dialog bok I set it up as shown (simply substitute appropriately), press rename, and voila – everything is as it should be, and always is when coming from regular camera. The JPEGs and RAWs from the same shot have the same file number.

THEN (optional)

5– At this pointI like to eliminate bad shots, junk, etc. before I store the images to be referenced. Who wants to use up twice as much space as necessary especially with large RAW files. I go into Icon view and make sure images are paired and in sequential order. Then I return to List view and select the JPEG files – here simply click on "kind" to group them, select and drag/drop on the "Preview" icon in the dock. They will open in Preview - show the icons at the left so you can give your exposures a quick look.

6– There I delete any exposures not worth holding onto. When done I close Preview and go back to my folder where they have also been deleted. There the matching-number RAW files can be easily identified and deleted. With large batches of images where this might involve some searching, after deleting from Preview, I revert to icon view in the original folder. That way there is a blank space where the deleted JPEG files were – the RAW file right next to that space can then be deleted. Hold the Command key down and select just the files to be delectd. I've gone through hundreds at a time this way.

7– Now I simply create a new folder, label it appropriately, transfer the remaining image pairs and store that folder in its appropriate place before referencing it in Photos – I use Photos for storage and referencing of original exposures only. Since I work in B&W I export the RAW file when I want to work on it and then keep any resulting print files elsewhere.

If I've been at all confusing on this, just contact me and I'll clarify.

New Site Banner

     Hopefully you've noticed my new site banner. It took a little work to come up with something that slim that worked from my new Havre de Grace Street work. I wanted to make the banner image better fit what I'm presently working ont. And I've already had one feedback saying "it's about time".

 Fuji X-T3 is out and I WILL have one by Christmas

     With all the new mirrorless cameras coming out this Fall, even from Nikon and Canon, I was prepared to not be impressed. Nikon and Canon did not cahnge my mind but Fuji's new X-T3, an updated version of my X-T2 did. Here's why I will have one:

1- NO IBS (In-body stabilization). Thank you Fuji. The only use I see for IBS is shooting videos with a lens that doesn't have in-lens stabilization. Otherwise it's just an unstable sensor.

2- Two stops better low light photography when it comes to noise because of BSI (back-side illuminated sensor). This is a biggie.

3- No need for the battery grip in order to access advanced power functions. What this means is that, unlike the X-T2 I’ll be able to leave the battery grip off for some shoots. Cool.

4- Radically faster face/eye recognition with auto-focus. This was already good in the X-T2 but all cameras have issues with this in low light. This could be a game changer.

5- OK, it has that darn touch screen, but it can be turned off. Meh.

6- 11 frames a second with mechanical shutter and 30 frames with electronic. Wow.

7- A body price of $1500. This might seem high, but in the world of advanced cameras this is a steal. Fuji is going to sell the crap out of these. One of the best built, most capable cameras ever, from a company that listens to its customers and keeps your firmware regularly updated with new functions.

8- 4K video at 60fps really boosts video options.

9- Maxed out focus-peaking for manually focusing converted lenses in bright light. Nice.

10- Like most Fuji cameras, comes in both black and silver-top. I prefer the black, but it's nice to have a choice.

There's a lot more, the list is seemingly endless, but these were the main improvements that have me all tingly. The only question I have is whether to keep my X-T2 as backup or sell it. AND, do I really want the battery grip.

 Affinity Publisher Beta – some early observations

     OK, I realize that relatively very few people actually use these complex publishing applications. They function sort of like a combination of word processors and web authoring tools on steroids. But there's a new kid on the block and it actually makes an attempt to be intuitive to work with. Personally I find it simpler and more direct to use than Microsoft Word (but that's not saying much). I mentioned a couple of postings ago that Affinity has brought out this competitor to Adobe's InDesign. I was hoping that it was at least close, considering the subscription fee for adobe Creative Suite. I've now watched the first batch of instruction videos and played around with it some:

     1- Right offf the bat, as complex as this type of app has to be, Publisher is much more intuitive to learn and use than InDesign. This was a big surprise. While even after years of use I often find myself having to Google how-to's when needing to do something that I don't do regularly. With Publisher I find that very often I can actually figure it out from the tools layout.

     2- Many operations that are involved chores in InDesign are simplified here. Perhaps less in the way of keyboard shortcuts and right-click menus, but that's not an issue for those of us who don't use InDesign all day at work. 

     3- While Publisher does not as yet open your InDesign files, that is coming over the next few months. In the meantime, you can simply export to PDF from ID with full size images and open the PDF to a completely formatted document in Publisher.

     4- A number of functions are either grayed out right now, not implemented yet, or on a waiting list. This IS the FIRST of many Beta versions and to be expected. Pretty darn good for a first beta release (and free for now).

     5- I like the fact that one has the option to place images immediately within the document instead of referencing them – much quicker, easier and slicker for those small projects.

     6- Publisher is stable and presented no running issues. And Affinity seeks and responds to comments, feedback and requests (not exactly an Adobe strong point).

I'm sold. While Publisher is not yet an InDesign killer that will replace it for some top-tier professionals, it holds the promise of chipping away at the professional market as users request and get features. I'm reminded of Apple's Final Cut Pro first release and how far it has come. I just wish I had another book to work up right now. In the meantime I can see what I can do in the way of converting my The Moon has been Eaten and other book files over. Until now, the only choices as far as publishing apps were the extremely costly and not user friendly (nightmare) Quark, a relatively great if still not intuitive InDesign – but with a horrid subscription contract, Microsoft Word (which can be time-consumingly cajoled to doing almost anything if you can figure it out), or one of the few rather limited and somewhat childish low cost options. Affinity Publisher, over the next few months, will fix that.

With PDF Expert to replace Acrobat, and Publisher instead of InDesign, I will be down to using nothing from Adobe except for Photoshop. While I also have Affinity Photo, I still prefer Photoshop – primarily because so much of my B&W work is done using the many options in the PhotoKit plugin. And that ain't gonna change soon.