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05/04/2008 12:26:48 PM · #1
What software do you use for browsing and archiving your photos?
05/04/2008 12:49:30 PM · #2
iPhoto 08
I like the way I can sort thru 15K images in just a few seconds or a minute manually, by scrolling the "Events" screen, or search by date or file# if I know either of them.
I store the original file downloads to a monthly file, and copy to external hard drive every week or two. I only transfer the ones that I feel I will be using to iPhoto after uploading to the monthly file on internal drive 2 in my Mac. That keeps space open in my main drive, and iPhoto relatively uncluttered,
I also back up to DVD at the end of each month.


05/04/2008 12:54:49 PM · #3
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

iPhoto 08
I like the way I can sort thru 15K images in just a few seconds or a minute manually, by scrolling the "Events" screen, or search by date or file# if I know either of them.
I store the original file downloads to a monthly file, and copy to external hard drive every week or two. I only transfer the ones that I feel I will be using to iPhoto after uploading to the monthly file on internal drive 2 in my Mac. That keeps space open in my main drive, and iPhoto relatively uncluttered,
I also back up to DVD at the end of each month.


Anything light and suitable for (XP)PC's?

Just viewing, copying, moving, deleting etc....
05/04/2008 01:17:25 PM · #4
I have used a program called Nero Photosnap on my son's PC when I travel, and it seems to do a nice job with that. There are a lot of good programs out there, but I am not very familiar with PC.
I do copy the original image files the same way to PC though, by making a file to copy the card files into, prior to erasing the cards.
I just use a card reader, and open the camera file until I find the "DSCF_ XXXX" image files which I copy to sub files in a new master batch file created at the beginning of the event.
The PC master file contains subfiles titled by event name and date, date first. That makes it easy to find a shot if you know either of those.
When I get home, I can transfer the files directly from the PC to my Mac, or use the backup DVD's to transfer the image files (only) my Mac, the same as copying them from the original camera card.
It keeps the PC tidy, as they can all be deleted with a couple of strokes after my son has a look thru them and picks the ones that he wants to keep.

While traveling, I burn to DVD every day or two, and store the DVD away from the laptop, just in case of disaster or theft. Someone made a good suggestion to mail the backup DVD's home from the vacation locations at every opportunity. That way, if all your luggage gets lost, at least you will have the photos when you get back home.
05/04/2008 01:19:38 PM · #5
Originally posted by ssocrates:

What software do you use for browsing and archiving your photos?


Original RAWs stored in a folder of the same name > Pictures folder > Home folder
Edited TIFFs stored in a folder of the same name in the same location as above
PSDs (in progress) in a folder of the same name/same location as above
JPGs in a folder of the same name/same location as above

Archiving/Browsing Software:

Adobe CS3 Bridge
Aperture
iPhoto
Preview
Cover Flow (part of OS 10.5)

I used iPhoto for several years and still use it today for private and casual shots I intend to share with friends and family.
As nearly everything else I work on goes to PS for editing, I still find Bridge a convenient way to browse, but
since the advent of Aperture 2, I spend more and more time in Aperture for archiving, browsing and editing. In fact,
I have some images now which have never been opened in PS.
If I want to casually view single or multiple images quickly, annotate them (quickly), re-save or integrate them into PDFs > Preview.
Cover Flow, of course, is a very fast and elegant way to browse any folders to view their contents rather than only reading file names.

I use Time Machine (with FW drives) for auto-backup in the background.

05/04/2008 02:13:47 PM · #6
I use the windows file system. I label my folders by date and a several word description of the event. Under the dated folder, I put a folder titled "potential" and into this I move the ones I want to work on or save, and another under that for the edited work and in progress. I keep the original filenames from the camera, and append those filenames with descriptors that indicate the size of the final image or any other important identifiers. I can normally find the shot I am looking for in a few moments.

Not as elegant a solution as some special purpose software, but If I change the software I use or switch to a Mac in the future, my system still works. I manage my music files and loading my MP3 player (A Creative Zen Stone) in a similarly manual manner.

Message edited by author 2008-05-04 14:15:05.
05/04/2008 03:46:36 PM · #7
Originally posted by zeuszen:

I still find Bridge a convenient way to browse, but
since the advent of Aperture 2, I spend more and more time in Aperture for archiving, browsing and editing. In fact,
I have some images now which have never been opened in PS.


Same for me.

Message edited by author 2008-05-04 15:48:03.
05/05/2008 02:48:55 AM · #8
ACDSee works well for me
05/05/2008 03:22:06 AM · #9
Doesn't anyone use Lightroom? I'm only starting to learn about it, but I've heard that it's very efficient for sorting, finding and even doing minor edits to large numbers of files. Anyone have any experience with it?
05/05/2008 03:27:53 AM · #10
Originally posted by commendatori:

Doesn't anyone use Lightroom? I'm only starting to learn about it, but I've heard that it's very efficient for sorting, finding and even doing minor edits to large numbers of files. Anyone have any experience with it?


Yep, I use it for browsing, archiving, and editing. I was using Bridge, then used both Bridge and LR for about a month and finally switched over exclusively to LR. It's a great program for managing large numbers of photos. Because it's database driven it is very fast.
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