How Shall I Tag Thee
February 28, 2010 5:25 PM Subscribe
I need to create some order for a few thousand images (mostly non-photo images)-- what method/program should I use to tag them?
Here's the overview: I'm working on a project that entails creating some order to about 2,000 images-- most of which are scans of text-based images (notes, letters, etc.) that I can't just scan thumbnails and know what they are. Grouping the images will be a challenge since most of the images could fit in multiple places (i.e., a letter from a daughter to her mother about how much she hates camp could fit with 'family,' 'mother,' 'daughter,' 'summer,' 'unhappy,' 'youth,' etc.). I'm looking for a program/website that allows me to add a ton of tags to these images, then be able to browse the images by their tag groups.
The workflow I'm looking for: go through the images, adding tags to either the metadata of the files themselves, or tagging a copy of the files using an online service like Flickr or Picasa. Once the images are tagged, I'd like to be able to click on a tag and quickly work with the images (i.e., click on the 'unhappy' tag and be able to easily view and manipulate the results). Then, out of the 100 images tagged 'unhappy,' I could easily browse through them, pick the ones I like most, and begin optimizing them in Photoshop.
What programs/websites might work well? I figured that maybe Lightroom or Bridge would be the right choice, but from what I can figure (haven't spent much time w/ either), it doesn't seem like I can use their tagging systems the way I'd like. I thought a good work-around would be to upload everything to Flickr, but those few extra clicks to get to the "original size" view adds up after thousands of images; plus, it seems like not having the tags in the file's metadata is a recipe for headaches down the line.
Suggestions? Will be happy to clarify (noticing my basic description sounds a little confusing). I'm on a Mac, have a Flickr Pro account but wouldn't mind paying for an upgraded Picasa/whatever account, and I use Chrome/Firefox (so if there's some magic extension that will make this process easier, I'm all ears!).