What software do you use to orgaize your pictures?

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dick707
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What software do you use to orgaize your pictures?
Apr 4, 2012

I have thousands of pictures in hundreds of folders - what do you use to organize them on your PC?

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Good read "Thousands of Images, Now What?"
In reply to dick707, Apr 4, 2012

A good read - just came out March 2012: Mike Hagan's Thousands of Images, Now What: Painlessly Organize, Save, and Back Up Your Digital Photos

http://www.amazon.com/Thousands-Images-Now-What-Painlessly/dp/0470582081

Describes various organizational approaches, file naming schemes, software alternatives, pros & cons, keywording to simplify 'finding' images, backup alternatives including "to the cloud," recovery, etc. Practical/useful info. Check out "Look inside" at Amazon for more content info.

Based on my own needs, workflow, preferences I am going to give Photo Mechanic a long look.
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In reply to dick707, Apr 4, 2012

I use Lightroom.

You may want to read "The DAM Book" by Peter Krogh. He goes over strategies for managing and backing up huge libraries of images.
http://www.thedambook.com/

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Another positive recommendation for Lightroom, and for "The DAM Book"

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Lightroom.

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I've around 56,000 pictures in 700 folders, and Lightroom makes it very fast and easy to find things. However, there are cheaper solutions unless you also want the other features of Lightroom
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For me, Lightroom. . .
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Although I'm very impressed with ACDSee Pro, I'll probably stick with Lr. I really like the ability to avoid the sidecar files by using dng.
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Media Pro and, to a lesser extent, LR
In reply to dick707, Apr 5, 2012

I am running Media Pro and Lightroom 4 in parallel, as I wanted to give Lightroom 4 a good shakedown. I use Capture One for 75% of my raw conversions, with LR picking up the rest. Media Pro integrates very well with CO.

In my opinion, while LR runs quite well, I prefer the interface and the overall speed of Media Pro. I seem to be able to find a photo faster and easier in MP vs LR; though LR is generally adequate.

In my case, I am starting out in MP, save the keywords et al to side car files, then sync with LR. Everything but the color labels comes in nicely. This is not a lot of work to be able to use each for its strengths.

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I switched form iView Media Pro to Lightroom because of Media Pro's continued inability to do things Lightroom easily could, like report a proper metadata sync status and sort order. That was just the beginning, I just got fed up after a while.

Although I used Media Pro for years, Lightroom simply proved to be more efficient and powerful overall. I still use Media Pro here and there, mostly when I have a small project that doesn't need the catalog overhead that Lightroom needs, but Media Pro has not kept up well with modern needs, after following the software through Microsoft and Capture One. This is a sad thing to say since I had a lot of respect for Media Pro.

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graybalanced wrote:

I switched form iView Media Pro to Lightroom ....

Although I used Media Pro for years, .... but Media Pro has not kept up well with modern needs, after following the software through Microsoft and Capture One.

As you know, the new Media Pro has been out for only a year. Before that, it was Expression Media, and before that iView.

I never used iView, but I did use Expression Media. I now use the latest CO release of Media Pro. Is it perfect? No. It needs some work to keep the users happy.
Is LR perfect? I'd say no; though it is quite decent.

Both have their strengths and weaknesses. I prefer Media Pro, and I also prefer Capture One. They also integrate fairly well.

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Re: Media Pro and, to a lesser extent, LR
In reply to Jim B (MSP), Apr 5, 2012

Thanks for the input - Looks like Lightroom and Media Pro are popular

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Having used iView for years then been less than enchanted with Expression Media and thoroughly disgruntled with Media Pro (SOOOOOOO slow - rendering of NEF files was ridiculous) I made the move to Lightroom. It's proving a steep learning curve in some respects but ultimately I think I'm going to be happy. There is much I like better in MP but the speed - or lack of - made it unusable for me. (Too long a story to go into but I have 2 iMac's in 2 locations - one running Leopard and the other Snow Leopard.)
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Sue2404 wrote:

...Media Pro (SOOOOOOO slow - rendering of NEF files was ridiculous).... I have 2 iMac's in 2 locations - one running Leopard and the other Snow Leopard.)
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Yes, from what I have read from other users, rendering of NEFs is very slow.
I shoot a Canon, and the rendering of my raws is quite decent, comparable to LR.

Also, from what I can tell from the user boards, those that use a Mac have many more problems than those of us on Windows. This may be related to the Microsoft history.

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I was using the Organizer in PS Elements, but have recently started using Aftershot Pro from Corel (basically the new Bibble) and am very pleased so far. It is very similar to Lightroom, but less expensive and maybe a bit quicker (at least on my 3 year old system). You can get a free trial on Corel's website and see if it appeals to you.
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The one..t he only.. IDimager!

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dj_paige wrote:

Another positive recommendation for Lightroom, and for "The DAM Book"

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That book is way out of date now... better to just read the forums here and learn.

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Photo mechanic is not a true DAM - no catalog.. so searching your images is not available - just tagging them really well. Much better off with a DAM product such as Idiamger or Lightroom...

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Jim B (MSP) wrote:

As you know, the new Media Pro has been out for only a year. Before that, it was Expression Media, and before that iView.

I never used iView, but I did use Expression Media. I now use the latest CO release of Media Pro. Is it perfect? No. It needs some work to keep the users happy.

Not sure where that line of reasoning is leading. What you're describing is the entire reason so many of us were disgruntled. "...out for only a year..." But we waited a couple years while iView Multimedia failed to keep it up to date. Then we waited another couple of years while Microsoft bought it, rebranded it, and let it sink into un-maintained obscurity. Then we waited another year after Phase One bought it, with the hope that finally, a photography-oriented company was going to do something with it, but all we got were some extremely disappointed users in the Phase One forums. I held out a while before exercising my long-time-user iView discount to upgrade to the current Media Pro, because up to that point, the last (2007) edition of iView still worked better. And I was stunned when the current Media Pro would actually have a visible redraw delay while building previews of simple, web-resolution JPEGs. Five years...and this is what we get? Saying it's been "...out for only a year..." is to completely not recognize the half-decade-long tragedy of (formerly) loyal users waiting for Media Pro.

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dj_paige wrote:

Another positive recommendation for Lightroom, and for "The DAM Book"

That book is way out of date now... better to just read the forums here and learn.

Are you saying even the latest edition of the book is out of date? I still think there is much more big-picture information in there than most forum posters will supply. Backup, organizational, and archiving concepts that are not tied to any specific software, and therefore never go out of date.

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graybalanced wrote:

fuego6 wrote:

dj_paige wrote:

Another positive recommendation for Lightroom, and for "The DAM Book"

That book is way out of date now... better to just read the forums here and learn.

Are you saying even the latest edition of the book is out of date? I still think there is much more big-picture information in there than most forum posters will supply. Backup, organizational, and archiving concepts that are not tied to any specific software, and therefore never go out of date.

Smart words, graybalanced. Well said!

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