Bulk rename photos and use Exif info in the file name of the photo

The first time I took a photo with a digital camera was somewhere in 1998. From that time on my collection of digital images only grew. At the moment of writing I’ve got a collection of about one terabyte of digital images. Most images are stored in an unstructured way, somewhere on my NAS. What I need is a tool to help me organize my photos, without having duplicate images.

To get rid of duplicate photos I want to sort all files with the Explorer. Based on the name, the newest files must be the last files in the list. With my digital camera I can’t take more than one picture per second, so files can’t be taken at exactly the same time (and date). So when I put the date/time information in the filename, I’ll have an easy way of determining duplicate files.

A proven way of bulk renaming files is by using a batch file. Within a batch file I can use a command like rename to rename a file. But I want to incorporate some image information in the new filename too. And especially for the purpose of generating this specific bulk rename batch file, I created the BSO-Exif-Tool.

How to operate the BSO-Exif-tool:

  1. Select a source folder to browse for photos
    1. The content is generated and shown in the middle of the tool
    2. Change the generated instructions at will
  2. Use the “BAT” button to save the file to your hard drive

Execute the generated Batch file

  1. Open the command prompt (cmd.exe) in Administrator mode.
  2. Go to the location where the .bat file is stored.
  3. Write the name of the file as you saved it and press the Enter button to execute the batch file.

Send me a personal message if you want to test this tool for free.