Photo Sorting

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Dave2 has recently posted his sagas with migrating from Aperture to Lightroom and his method of cataloging his photos.

It got me a bit more motivated to keep sorting out my photos.

You see I don't use any software to manage my photos.  I just don't trust it.  I prefer to see my photos as is in a directory structure.  I did play with Picasa once and *hated* it.  I also tried using windoze built in tagging feature and hated it even more.

So now I just keep files in directories.  In the olden days I used to file all my photos by year then month.  This was fine for when I only took a few photos per month, and I kept an excel file database to manage it all and it was all good.  In January 1999 I got my first digital camera.  I loved that camera.  I used it for five years.  But I only properly documented all my digital photos for the first year or so.  Then it all got too hard because I took so many photos.  So it became impossible to find anything unless you knew *when* something was taken.  I could spend ages searching through months and months of photos trying to find a photo I took of something.

In recent years I've changed my photo sorting to be by subject.  This generally works a whole lot better.  But I still haven't finished sorting my photos.  I get little bursts of enthusiasm from time to time, but it's an awful lot of effort.  

So I just keep plugging away at it.

Today I was filing some of the first year of photos I took on my digital camera into my folders by subject structure.  I found some fun ones mum would probably like of the mess they made repainting the house in 1999..

Dining room mess

Dining room painting

Dining room painting

Dining room painting

Family room painting

Family room painting


kapgar said:

I was always a year/month folder organizer. Then we got iPhones and started sorting to a new computer (iPhones woyldnt sync to our old iMac). Now we have photos on two computers. Oh, and our cloud storage backups. Oy.

I finally bought a portable external hard drive and threw all our photos on there with the intent of sorting all in one place and then backing up that drive to both our non-portable external HDs and the cloud. Then the portable HD will stay at work or some such so I have two remote backups. Not exactly a RAID or anything but it will do.

January 13, 2015 2:24 AM


Kazza the Blank One said:

Yeah I have a couple of hard drives I leave at work and bring them home alternately to back everything up. I'm paranoid about the house burning down and losing the backups as well, so keep one out of the house.

January 13, 2015 8:01 AM


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