How do you organize your photos?

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  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What's your file/folder structure like when it comes to photos? I have been gathering photos from 6 hard drives, that my wife and I have taken over the past 7 years and it's time to get organized so I don't run into this mess again.

    Do you organize by year? Event?

    How do you stay organized?
     
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    I'm a bad one to ask... I always start off with the best of intentions and once the card goes in the card reader, all hope is lost.

    I'll be watching this thread!
     
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    Currently like this;

    Folder = My photos = contains all the folders of my photo trips
    Folder = Example trip one 03-09-09 = contains all the RAWs from my card for that trip (or JPEGs if I was using them). Note that after opening and editing RAWs this folder also contains the relevant files holding the RAW edit data
    Folder = Keeps = a folder of keeps, these are the PSD edited versions of each shot I edit from the set
    Folder = 1000 = a folder holding 1000pixel(longest side) versions of my shots. This is used so that I can easily upload them to my flickr account). Also note that I might often have a range of files like this for different pixel sizes for uploading to different websites and for holding 100% crops if I make any.

    Thus each shoot folder contains all the shots, the edited versions in PSD form so I can easily return to edit them or touchup if I need to as well as resized versions for the intenet.



    I currently have 2 such master folders on my computer, one each partition of my harddrive for no reason other than one partition got full and I moved to the next. I also keep a copy of all the data, held in a single folder, on my external harddrive. Further once my backup is fully completed and all shots within a set edited I will delete any dumped shots from the set in my main harddrive, leaving backup copies only in my external harddrive.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I have different locations/folders for; 1. weddings, 2. photo shoots 3. personal stuff.

    Under that, the first level of folders are years, next level is by date. So when I upload images, I create a new fold for either the date the photos were taken or when they were uploaded.
    Files for print or web output will eventually be put into sub folders under their parent date folder.

    I used to have folders for working PSD files, full size JPEG, print, web etc. But with Lightroom, I only create sub folders as I export the files I need.

    I've also been adding key words in Lightroom, making it easier to search for images.

    When working on images in LR, I create a collection for the 'keeper' images in a group. Sometimes it might be multiple collections. This makes it easy to sort out the images that I want to take further into the workflow.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Not being a professional, I do not separate pro from non-pro work. Everything that is available to me locally is organized by date... year, month, day and short description of the event.

    2009-09-03 - Jack & Jill E-session
    2009-09-05 - Jack & Jill Wedding
    ... and so on.

    Inside each folder, I have the Lightroom Catalog folder, RAW folder, JPG (full sized) folder and JPG_sm folder (web sized and watermarked files)
     
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    ann No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    i tend to work with projects, so each project has a folder , labeled with the name of the project.

    then there is a sub folder for each, one folder for orginal files, one for work files and one for prints.

    every Fri. (or, every two weeks, depending on how much i have been shooting), i put a movie in the dvd and copy everything to 4 separate hard drives. One of which I take to the lab so it is off site.

    THis is not my favorite thing to do, but I feel it is important. Just like filing negatives and contact sheets.

    On, yes, for each folder i make a contact sheet and print it out on office paper and file. Just a habit from traditional darkroom work and i like to hold the sheet in hand while i review which image i might be interested in.
     
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    i have 2 main folders "unprocessed" and "processed"
    then i organize by month and year... AUG09

    the unprocessed folder only contains the raws and XML files for raw adjustments.

    the processed folder contains PSDs and JPGs (if i compressed them for posting)

    it seems to work thus far.
     
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    Filing problems can usually be traced to an inability or unwillingness to cull.

    Start be identifying the specific uses to which you put your pictures. These can include sharing with others via the 'net, printing for display, possible future sale, etc. [For me, it's either shots to hang on the walls of my home or to print and give to relatives.]

    This done, dump any image that will not be used for one of the categories during the next year to disk. Put the disks in a shoe box somewhere. Don't worry about cataloging the disks. You'll probably never search them anyway. They're just a security blanket.

    Your filing problems will become quite manageable.

    Note: The above does not apply to professionals. The pros usually have efficient systems in place.
     
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    Okay this is how I organize mine, it definitely helps me find things quickly:

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    And for backups I back up my computer to 2 externals weekly, and back up those to a RAID on the home sever whenever I remember
     
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    YEAR-MONTH-DATE-Name (optional): yyyy-mm-dd-Name
     
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    Portfolio>Year>Style(i.e. Landscape, News, Action Figures, Still life, etc)>Project name>Raw>Complete>Large/small
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    My RAWs are organized chronologically - folder structure looks like this:
    Year->Month->Day

    My processed shots are organized by subject/event.

    When I export, they all get dumped into a "New Pictures" folder, then I move them where ever they need to go.
     

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