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Photo organization

After only a few years of taking interest in capturing the world about me, I have realized a big problem: To take a good photos requires taking many photos, but many photos means lots of space and more importantly a nearly unsearchable library. Here is the main point:

How does one retain a useful searchable library of photos. Can a GTD type reference section be build from photos in an easy way?

The main classification I have for photos are:
-good photos (artistic, printable, usually posted in flickr)
-sentelmental (not very well done, but they give you a strong reaction, or bring back a memory)
-useful (idientification of something, process, place, I'm in physics, so I have very many data pics of samples etc..)

Some photos fall into several of these, so crossreference is needed.

The programs I'm trying are iPhoto6 (I had 1-2 but they crashed with more then 1-2000 pics) and iView. But I still find that I want an IN Box type format to remember which need sorting etc...


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Just for the sake of...

Just for the sake of organization, you may want to get a Flickr account. You mentioned having 2000+ photos, so you may be limited by the upload limitations without a pro account, but it makes organizing and finding photos a snap.

I'm an avid photographer too, so I've run into the same problems. I burn my raw data to CD's, organized by date and with the same file names the camera assigns. I then upload copies to Flickr and add the appropriate tags. When I actually need to revisit the original, it's easy to cross-reference the two repositories using the file name and the date taken.

As far as needing an inbox, you could automatically tag uploaded files as "In" or whatever you like to remind you to process them.

enine's method of editing the meta data seems simple. I may give that a go and see what's easier.




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