Photo organisers???

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  1. Sardine

    Sardine TPF Noob!

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    I have 1000's of photos, and I'm starting to get quite overwhelmed... I currently have them sorted by year, then 'type'/topic ie Flying, then ie military/Airfield etc. Then I rename them according to the day and month taken...

    Now, this is a good system in my opinion, but I want a better one. I want to be able to easily search for specific photos ie with aircraft, you sort them according to registration... I'm sick of having sub-folders upon sub-folders.

    BUT, this program must be easy to use, and free... I downloaded an Adobe one (not sure which one), but I don't think it's what I'm looking for :confused:

    Any help will be greatly appreciated :thumbup:
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Try Google's Picasa.

    You can keep the file structure you have (if you want to) but you can easily browse and keyword your collection.
     
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    I consent with Mike, Picasa is probably the best free software for organizing!
     
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    I do have Picasa, but at the moment I'm just using it to make small edits and stuff, so I don't really know the program. How do you keyword things? :confused: Also, how reliable is it? I don't want half my photos going *poof* for some stupid reason.

    I'm very stingy when it comes to my photos:blushing:
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I just do the default organizing system.

    My system is
    Hard drive > dSLR (For Un-edited photos) > Folder (daymonthyear)
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    Hard Drive > Edited Photos > Folder (daymonthyear)

    It works really well because all of my pictures are named using Canon's default naming conventions (IMG_****.jpg/.cr2).

    Works for me, I don't really like photo organizers because this method works for me.
     
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    Thanks Gryphon!

    Corbin, I like the simplicity of it, but I want to be able to i.e. search for aircraft with a certain registration and that sort of thing, so I need some sort of organiser, or something that just adds keywords/tags to the photos. The thing I don't like about Picasa is that if you edit/move/delete files in a certain part of it, the same thing happens to the files on your Harddrive... I can see myself accidentally losing a whole lot of images :confused:

    Is there a program that just adds tags/keywords??
     
  8. mrodgers

    mrodgers No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Corbin Lane TPF Noob!

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    Check out Adobe lightroom. You can tag photos and do some nice organizational things.
     
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    Sardine TPF Noob!

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    I've started 'learning' how Picasa works, and I'm in the process of tagging and keywording my photos... it's an absolute mission! But, it looks like it's working out, so I'm happy.

    I think I did have a look at Adobe Lightroom... the problem is that Adobe and I don't really get on so well :meh: But if Picasa fails me (which it shouldn't), I'll turn to Adobe ;)
     
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    DScience No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get a mac and use iPhot!
     
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    gryphonslair99 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Get a Mac and use Picasa. iphoto sucks big time.
     

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