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Old 08-10-05, 07:26 PM
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How do you sort your digital pictures? What numbering format?

I have about 6,000 pictures I want to sort. Most are of my son from birth to now (about age 4). I currently have pictures seperated into folders 1-22 with no actual format. I just started a new folder when one got several hundred in it.

Right now I'm using InfranView to batch rename into the YEAR_MO_xxxx format. What format is 'standard' if there is any and are there any programs out there to view file dates and auto sort?
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I leave them as they come off the camera... and dump them into folders with a names corresponding to the date they were taken.
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Originally Posted by jrobinson
I leave them as they come off the camera... and dump them into folders with a names corresponding to the date they were taken.
That is what I do.
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I have several different folder with probably a thousand pictures in no particular format. I have been in the process of renaming them and organizing them into categories (children, family, friends, events/holidays) with the naming format like year, month, day, 1-3 word description.

What a pain it is.....I wish I had done this from the beginning.
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Originally Posted by jrobinson
I leave them as they come off the camera... and dump them into folders with a names corresponding to the date they were taken.
Same here. All my pictures start with "DSC"
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Originally Posted by cajun_junky
I have several different folder with probably a thousand pictures in no particular format. I have been in the process of renaming them and organizing them into categories (children, family, friends, events/holidays) with the naming format like year, month, day, 1-3 word description.

What a pain it is.....I wish I had done this from the beginning.
It's not really a pain for me. I've kept pictures in folders that were dated. Like Chrismas '04, Easter '04. I guess I'm particular about how everything is. I know using Infranview (free btw) is great for batch renaming and conversion/resizing.
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I leave the file names as they come off the camera.

Here's my folder structure:
Code:
2004
   012204 - Las Vegas
   122404 - Christmas
2005
   010105 - Cotton Bowl
   052805 - Pond Installation
I also have "Misc" folder in each year for random stuff that's not an acutal event.

This works well for me while looking at them in Breeze Browser.
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I've never bothered to rename pictures. I just use Picasa to organize them and it dumps them in folders accordingly.
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I've used Picasa to organize my photos. I love that program.
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I tried the original Picasa. Wasn't impressed. Tried v2 today. Very nice
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I leave the files as they are named off my card. I organize them by year and month. Here's my folder structure:

2005
01-2005
02-2005
03-2005
04-2005
etc
2004
01-2004
02-2004
etc

I make sure to name all months with two digits and a leading zero when necessary so they sort in chronological order even when sorted alphabetically (as opposed to Jan, Feb, March, etc).

In the top folder that contains my year folders, I created a folder called 'shortcuts'. Whithin that I create shortcuts to months with any special events I may want to find later, renaming them from the month to the event. For example, I may create a Windows shortcut to the 09-2003 folder, and rename the shortcut 'Angela's Wedding'. Then if I'm looking for an event that I can't remember when it was, I look at the shortcut names - click on the shortcut, and you go to that month's folder.

I have used ACDSee for years, and have always been a big fan. I don't have the latest version, as I felt it got really slow and 'bloated' starting around v5. I just downloaded Picasa a few days ago to try - I installed it, but haven't had a chance to play with it much yet...
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Is Picasa freeware?
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I much prefer a more hands on approach then limiting myself to one program. I do what a couple others have already said and organize it by Year then event and just cycle through numbers. ImgXXXX. Since the image quality from my camcorder is so different I name that PanyXXXX.
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Originally Posted by edytwinky
Is Picasa freeware?

Yep

Picasa
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Code:
Canon
   2004-04-15 - Wife's Birthday
   2005-01-15 - Ski Trip
   2005-02-15 - Napa, CA Work
   2005 - Various Pictures
This is how I do mine.
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I organize them by subject and then by date. For example, family pictures would be categorized/stored in the following manner:

Family
-Reunions
--Jun 2005
--May 2004
-Birthdays
--Brother 2005
--Brother 2004
--Father 2005
--Father 2004
-Vacation
--Florida 2005
---Disneyworld
---Universal Studios
---Miami Beach
--California 2004
---San Diego
----Attraction 1
----Attraction 2
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Hmnnnnn ... gonna try this Picasa out.

You should all know that I fully intend to blame you guys if it doesn't help my picture organization or rejuvenate my receding hair line.
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I have my folders like this:

2005_0815 Washington, DC

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I organize mine a little differently than those above.

Here's my folder structure:
Code:
Animals
    [pet #1]
    [pet #2]
    [pet #3]
    ...
    Other
Events
    1998-07-15 Graduation
    1998-12-31 Florida trip
    1999-12-25 Christmas
    2001-04-15 Easter
    ...
People
    [girlfriend #1]
    [girlfriend #2]
    ...
    Friends
    Family
    Other
Scenery
    Cleveland
    Columbus
    ...
In other words, it's a two- or three-level hierarchy. The organization within each folder logically flows from the purpose of the folder.

Within the lowest-level folders are a few well-titled pictures.

When I dump my photos to the computer, I sort through them, keep the best and most representative ones, give them good names, and sock them away in this hierarchy. I usually keep only about 20% of the photos I shoot. The rest are duplicates or duds that I just throw away.

This strategy is useful for two reasons:

1) The organization reflects my recollection of the photos, which makes them easy to find. Either I'm looking for a photo from an event, or of a place, or of a person or animal; that gives me an acceptable starting point. For photos that fit several categories - a person at a place during an event - I can always search on filenames to locate photos that aren't where I think they should be.

2) I don't keep photos that I don't want. It just makes finding the photos I do want more difficult.

While Picasa looks good, it requires special software to access the files in an organized format. I find that troubling - I can't just hook up the drive to any computer and access my files in an organized format; and if the software ever breaks, my files become a disorganized mess. So I can't opt for special software when a good, sensible file structure will work almost as well.

- David Stein

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With photos and music being the only media I collect/store, I find that a half-thought-out directory-based organizational structure negates the need for organizational software. I've not worked with Longhorn or WinFS, but I am skeptical that its database and quick search functions would help me instead of hindering me.
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Just tried Picasa and have to agree with David.

Picasa doesn't keep ANY semblance of folder hierarchy, and you have to reenter everything into labels - I've already DONE that by setting up the folders.

So, Picasa for me is 'cute', but not real useful for organization. I LIKE the idea of having a picture in multiple labels, but at least give me my folder hierarchy as well.

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