organizing your pictures on your comp

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  1. DeepSpring

    DeepSpring TPF Noob!

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    As I am starting to get more and more pictures, my computer is becoming a holy mess of files. Right now in My Pictures I have a folder for Photography and then inside that I have folders for portraits, still life, and so on. It sounds ok but then I end up with the .psd file and the jpeg and often several different versions of the jpeg and its getting a bit messy.


    How do you organize your stuff to keep everything nice and neat and easy to find?

    I want to try and get a system set up before I have so many pictures it will take a year to place them in the right place.
     
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    Personally I keep all my originals saved by in folders which state the year and month I took them, and regularly back them up onto CDs whenever I have enough to justify the backup. (or I use a re-writable CD over and over until I've filled it up, then burn them to a regular CD.. just in case my comp fries.. Sometimes it pays to be cautious after all), and any modified versions I have the same filing system for, aside from the backing up, unless I really don't want to go through the hassle of the edits again.

    So, mine looks something like this:

    c:\photography\originals\2006-07

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    c:\photography\edits\2006-07


    I'm sure it's not the best method, but I've never bothered to come up with something better.. it works. Though, I rarely even use my digital camera these days.
     
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    That system makes more sense in backing up everything because it is easy to see what has been burned because it's all listed by photo session you could say. I was planning on getting another external hdd strictly as a clone drive for wherever i save my pctures so that shouldn't be a problem, burning the right ones.

    They really need an iPhoto for windows
     
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    I do something similar - I have a main folder for (say) an event or date, then a sub folder where all the RAW files go, another sub folder for the finished large images, and a third for the finished small (web sized) ones. I have a separate gallery folder for stuff that I'm going to share / print (the ones I really am proud of). I have one PC that is dedicated as a file server, with a 130G Raid drive to keep things protected, but still do CD backups every 3 months or so... Keeps things straight...
     
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    Something else worth considering is a DVD burner. Newegg.com usually has decent deals on them where you can get a drive for $50 or less. Much easier to use DVD-RW's than CD-R's.

    I use a similar method where I date each folder and then put a breif 2 - 3 word description of the event. RAW files I seperate though so I can burn them and then delete them easier. Also any file I edit ... I just Save As and put a letter at the end. So DSC123456 is the original DSC123456a is after basic editing (Levels and Curves) DSC123456ab is with some type of affect. Works for me.

    I know there are other programs out to do this type of thing but I've use Adobe Lightroom (I think that's the name) and wasn't really impressed. Maybe I'm not using all of the features but I didn't really see any great value that it provided.
     
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    My son races dirtbikes and I shoot at least 250 frames a weekend. My folders are listed by race name/venue and date. I have a folder for photos I resized for downloading to the internet. I also have an external hard drive and back up photos to CDs when I start to get full.

    One of the most important things I have is a huge surge protector. I am more afraid of a power surge than my computer dying.
     
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    I've been using iPhoto on the Mac but have just realised the Unix system its based on makes a lot of dupe files.

    My hard disc filled up very quickly as I had an original folder with images, a retouch folder and then iPhoto would make a dube of the retouch as it was dragged in to the user window and a smaller thumb nail for the program.

    I found the pref and turned this off but now have to go back and sort them all out!! Still winters coming <LOL
     
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    I also sort my images with folders listed by date of when shot or when I upload the cards. I have sub folders for Photoshop (working) copies and then folders for web and printing.

    There are several programs you can use to tag or index your images to make finding them easier. Picasa seems to work fairly well.
     
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    Why? We have something better :)

    IDimager (the lite edition is free) http://www.idimager.com/

    XNview (One heck of a killer IPTC editing app and is free) http://xnview.com/

    Both of these I use and are extremely powerful, if not complete overkill.
     
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    There is a small but powerful utility named RoboFolder. It can help to easily organize several thousands photo collection. The major difference of the RF is you are able to see the instant preview of the resulted folder structure. You can make a decision or change your renaming template before transfer. One of the features I mostly like is ability to split my RAW files from JPEG one and writing my session info into the XMP for DNG files and into IPTC of for JPEG ones. Highly recommend.
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What I would like to know is do the above programs or are there any programs that will grab all photo files on your computer and organize them. I have so many scattered photo files my screensaver is "my pictures" slideshow and I am constantly seeing photos come up and say to myself "where did that come from" I also have alot of dupes of different pics it would be great to get everything together to try and eliminate some of the dupes.
     
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    There is another thread under "Digital Discussion & Q&A" that you may find helpful. It is called "Digital File Organization"
     

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