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Old 01-28-2009, 06:14 PM   #1
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ISO Digital Photo File Management System

I love taking pictures but I have a constant struggle with how best to organize them on my computer. In my normal work 'world', I'm pretty good at file management and have folders within folders within folders in what I consider to be a pretty organized and logical manner.

However, I wish to organize my photos with a minimum of folders and am having a problem deconstructing my natural style and instinct to categorize.

My current system is comprised of 12 'Primary' folders, each with related sub-folders. Does anyone have a system they're particularly PLEASED with? Please let me know. Maybe there's a way that I can adapt it to suit my needs.


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Old 01-28-2009, 11:38 PM   #2
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I organize my photos in a couple different ways.

Like you, most of my photos are organized into folders. My primary sub-folders are listed by year. Everything captured within that certain year will be in the folder with that year on it. Within the yearly folders are other folders, organized by type (family, animals, weather, food/work, etc.).

Have you noticed that Windows automatically alphabetizes photos in an ascending pattern?

When I was heavy into metal detecting, I usually took photos of the things I found. I would name the photo starting with the date in yyyymmdditemdescription.jpg format. Basically, that was the date I took it, year first, month, day, then a one- or two-word description of the item. So, hypothetically, if I had found a silver dime today, the name of that pic would be 20090128silverdime.jpg. I wouldn't have to look very hard to find it, as it would be at the tail end of the files listed in that folder.

I do something similar when I name the pics of food at work. It starts with the year, but then is called an "app" or "entree". If it's a special item, I'll put the word "Special" between the year and the "app" or "entree". After those, I'll give a one- or two-word description. I ran a special tonight of some Chicken Marsala. If I had taken a pic of it, it would be listed at 2009SpecialEntreeChickenMarsala.jpg.

Hopefully this will give you some tips that you can use.
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Old 01-29-2009, 06:55 AM   #3
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I have one main photo folder and in that folder I have a folder for each photo session. It is a lot of folders, but I can usually easily find what I am looking for. My photo session folders have names like "FL Vacation 2003 or DeCordova Museum 2005 or just simply 3-6-07".
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