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    Hi

    I just want to know from experience photographer how do you organise your photographs?

    Currently, I am keeping them in a format of date after every shoots. I am adding a title to each folder after the date. (ie: 15 Aug 2011 Night shoot at MBS)
    But I am having problem trying to organise the photo in a systematic way.
    Do any of the experience photographers have any suggestions?

    The second thing is:
    Do you keep all the photos, including the ones that ain't really gonna be shown to anyone in a whole lifetime?
    How do you store them? Separate from the other shots that day or together?

    I am just trying to get some suggestion to better organise photos.

    Any suggestion is welcome. I am friendly and willing to learn.

    Thanks

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    everybody has their own way of organizing files, this depends on what works for you best.

    personally, my shots are kept under a Nikon folder with subfolders of the Date Shot Was Taken.
    I have a copy on my working HDD (for quicker access) and two backups on two separate external HDDs.
    I use lightroom to show the photos, so yes, it depends on which catalogue is open, those are the only photos people will see.
    (not that i have any clients, i'm just a hobbyist)

    this was done to help me in keeping my lightroom catalogue organized as well.
    this has worked for me, although i do have a couple of catalogues now to accomodate them (but then, that's just a personal thing)
    is using a digital camera that works ...

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    Thanks for the suggestions.

    I still have not explore into photography software yet. Lightroom seems like a good software though..


    Thanks for sharing!!

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    i dun use softwares to manage unless i have a lot of shots that i shoot in 1 day and i wanna do a series with them. its easier to sort, edit and view a series of work with bridge.

    mine normally goes like this.
    (year)
    within year folder
    (genre)
    within the genre folder
    (event)
    within event
    (edits)(raws)
    Last edited by allenleonhart; 19th October 2011 at 09:03 PM.

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    A good photo organiser software will be of help to you.
    You can set your own custom categories.
    A photo can be under more than 1 category.
    You can also keep them in folders say e.g. you went on Phuket trip 1 July 2010. Then keep photos taken in this trip in one folder.
    Actually much of the work has been done for you.
    When you take a photo, the EXIF data is recorded. So you do no have to do any further data entry or tagging.
    Photos can also be sorted according to the EXIF data.

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    Seems I need to clean up my folders a bit.

    I still haven taken photo in RAW format yet as I do not do any editing to my photo.
    I still believe in practising to become proficient with the camera without having to edit the photo to make it looks good.

    Time for me to get harddrives... Again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by timotimo
    Seems I need to clean up my folders a bit.

    I still haven taken photo in RAW format yet as I do not do any editing to my photo.
    I still believe in practising to become proficient with the camera without having to edit the photo to make it looks good.

    Time for me to get harddrives... Again.
    I don't recommend plain one hard disk
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    Create sub folders by grouping landscapes, street photo, tours etc. Keep min one set as backup to removable hardisk.

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    mine goes by:

    Camera Model

    Year

    Month

    Event

    RAW / JPEG

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    I keep them in iphoto.. N for those not in iphoto, i label the sud dir by "yyyy-mm-dd - event-name" hence u can always sort by the title.

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    Mine goes by:
    - Year
    - Month
    - Genre
    - Title of Album
    - Original / Edited

    I usually compress to RAR format before backing-up. Is that ok?
    Last edited by Prince Photogenic; 22nd October 2011 at 12:27 PM.
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    I now organise my file as yyyy-mm-dd (title of events)

    Sub folder:
    \to be published
    \to be ignore

    inside the sub folder:
    \original
    \edited

    well, hope this will work for the future!~~

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