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08/26/2004 06:31:36 PM · #1
I'm currently bracing myself and preparing to catalog over 11,000 images that I've built up over the past few years. I'd like to hear from everyone, but especially IMatch users how they go about catagorizing/keywording/organizing their images.

-What are your most common image selection tasks?
-What are your top catagories (Location, Subject, Concepts, etc)?
-What do you wish you did differently?
-Any ideas or words of wisdom from experience?

Thanks in advance folks! -Daniel

Message edited by author 2004-08-26 18:36:24.
08/26/2004 06:40:59 PM · #2
I have recently started using IMatch also, and will be interested in hearing any replies. I have not gotten that far with my cataloging, so will probably not be that much help to you. I am in the same predicament, trying to figure out the best way to catagorize. Good luck!

-Danielle
08/26/2004 06:56:34 PM · #3
One more thought: where do you find the balance between assigning catagories quickly enough that it isn't misrable work and assigning enough information to do everything that you want to do?
08/26/2004 08:10:01 PM · #4
I use Extensis' Portfolio 7. I take the images off the camera by date (using the supplied Canon ZoomBrowser software). I then edit the shots and save my edited photos into a working or a final folder (depending on what state they are in). After I generate a good 4.5GB set of originals (which may take a few outings) I burn them to DVD and then I catalog them into Portfolio 7. That way the software prompts me for the DVD when I select an image.

I use the galleries extensively and have been going through slowly to add keywords. I shot over 40,000 frames last year so I have a sizeable bit of work ahead of me. Luckily the software allows bulk updates. I also don't expect to shoot near that many frames this year as I'm becoming more selective and trying to build my compositions more deliberately.

Kev
08/26/2004 10:16:14 PM · #5
I used to sort all of my photos by subject matter before offloading them to CD. That became really painful, so I purchased IMatch. Now I just dump my photos to a CD, load them into the Imatch database as Unassigned, and then when I have time, I go through and assign them to subject categories. I might have 10 or more subject categories of photos on a particular CD.

For example, I do a lot of floral photography, so I have a category for each type of flower. I also assign photos to "color" categories where they are strong in one or two colors. The idea is that if I wanted to search for all "yellow" flowers - doesn't matter which type of flower, I'd be able to see them. I use the same concept for all other subjects too. For example - top level category: Vehicles, sub category - cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc.

Within each subject category, I also have sub categories for raw, waiting for processing, finished, original jpgs. The idea is that if I'm looking for a "finished" photo so that I can print another copy, I go to the subject category, and then display the contents of the finished sub category. Works the same way if I'm looking for a new photo to process in a particular subject.

I have over 85 CDs so far in the database, and I must say that IMatch has saved me some time - no more searching for that one CD that has the photo. Now if I could only find some time to categorize all of my unassigned photos!!
08/27/2004 01:39:12 AM · #6
I just came across a couple IMatch catagory tips via the photools.com website. Hopefully these are helpfull:

//www.majid.info/mylos/stories/2002/06/29/imageCategoryManagementWithImatch.html

//buchan.org/archives/000920.php
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