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Folder & File Naming        Back to Nikon D300 Menu Hierarchy
by Makoto Honda     July 12, 2009   

Folder

A picture you take is saved in the active folder. You can make new folders, each with a unique number (100-999). Any folder can be set active. Each folder can store 1000 pictures (maximum). 

File

Each picture file has a 3-character (alpha/numeric) name, followed by a 4-digit number (eg. ABC_0098). The 3-character name can be changed by File Naming (in SHOOTING MENU). The digit portion is automatically incremented by one for each new picture.

SHOOTING MENU

Active folder
New folder number Create a new folder (numbered 100 - 999).
Select folder Select a folder to make it active.
File naming You can type the 3-character portion of a file name here to be used for subsequent pictures.

CUSTOM SETTING MENU

d Shooting Display

d6  File number sequence ON, OFF or RESET. The explanation in the manual is quite confusing. Basically, ON gives you a contiguous number from the last, while OFF starts from 0001 when the memory card is formatted, a new memory card inserted, or a new file created.

The way I use this is as follows: I turn it OFF, and then format the memory card. This will reset the file number to 0001. Now, I will turn it ON and keep it there. This way, all the pictures I take from this point on will be contiguously numbered - incremented by one each time. This is so, up to 9999. I may change the first 3-character name along the way, but always making the number greater than the previous, because I do not want to mess up the chronology of my images. With the ON setting, the last 4-digit of the file name continues to get incremented each time, irrelevant of the first 3-character setting. The only problem is that when 9999 is reached, the next value is 0001 (wrap-around)... I get a new image having smaller file number. I do not like this. To avoid this occurrence, I will forcefully reset the file number to 0001 long before it reaches 9999 and set the 3-character portion to a higher number.

 

   

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