Organizing your photos - software used, best methods and categories

Started Jun 23, 2013 | Discussions thread
Carey Brown
Carey Brown Senior Member • Posts: 1,766
Re: Organizing your photos - software used, best methods and categories

I use Lightroom.

I name my photos with the date and time they were taken and put them in folders for the year and the month. Early on I tried various other naming and folder schemes but they quickly got out of control. This is simple and consistent. To offset some of the handicaps of this approach I use keywords and captions, usually selecting a number of photos to be tagged at the same time so that it doesn't take me forever.

I suggest reading The DAM Book (Digital Asset Management). This book gives you lots of good pointers but you have to read it with an eye towards what will work for you. As an example it recommends using the DNG file format which I personally don't think is a good idea (too Adobe specific).

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