Plan for 2012

Derrick Story calls it “Start where you are” when referring to organizing and archiving your photos.  In other words, plan now for a new start and go forward with the plan with new photos in 2012 (or whatever start date you choose).  Takes the pressure off of doing all your past photos.

A collection of soda in a warehouse is organized by names and location. Are your photos organized?

If you already have a system then congratulations!  For those of you who do not or have never considered one, here are some links where I explain how I do it.

When I was first trying to figure how to organize my photos, I started with a naming convention for them.  In the process, the naming convention lead to how I organize my photos each year:

What’s In A Name

Organizing Your Photos

Oh, and this last step will save you a lot of time when you need to go back and look for photos in your library:

The Dreaded Keywording Task

If you start thinking now about organizing your photo library for the future, you will be ready for the new year.  If you have any questions or wish to share your photo organizing process, please, leave a comment below.

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9 Responses to Plan for 2012

  1. Karma says:

    I let Photoshop Elements organize mine, but they are only organized by date. I’m pretty sure it would allow me to use some of your methods too, but I’ve always been to lazy to do more than date. Of course this is making the process of completing your new assignment somewhat arduous. I have a question, not sure if you’d know the answer, but it is related to this subject. I don’t have an external hard drive for storing my photos – I know, I know, I need to get one! When I do eventually get one, do you have any idea if the photo files would remain in their date folders when they get transferred to the new drive?


    • I am not very familiar with Elements so I am sorry I can not help there. Look to see if it has a way of moving photos so that it still keeps track of them. That is something I know Aperture 3 (the software I use) can do. Currently, I use an USB external drive to backup my photos (along with my SmugMug account). I am looking for a NAS (Network Attached Storage) drive where I can move my older photos to as my laptop hard drive is running out of space.


  2. Yup, all my photos are organized….
    I make a folder for each month and rename the files by date with a number at the end
    (November 11 2011 – 01, November 11 2011 – 02, etc.). The Month folders each have a sub folder for the edited pictures (those get an “e” for “edited at the end of the file names before saving)
    Then at the end of the year ALL those folders are put into an (in this case) 2011 folder.
    Guess I could do that at the beginning of the year, but I save it for the end.


  3. Sybil says:

    I just figured out how to “tag” my photos. 🙂 So I am in the process of going through ALL my photos and tagging them, i.e. “nature”, “snow”, “trees”, etc. So several tags are assigned to each image. In going back through my images I am doing a lot of deleting. That separation of time, since I’d taken the shot, makes it easier to delete ’em.


  4. Nye says:

    I just have it by dates and it seems to work for me for now. Thanks for the links and tips, something that I need to start doing and get more organized before it becomes a nightmare.


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