Help me consolidate, organize, and better manage my photos!
March 25, 2011 5:01 PM Subscribe
I have multiple computers with multiple folders of photos (with many copies of the same photos on multiple computers). Help me organize them!
posted by InvestorMD to Computers & Internet (3 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I need the total solution from start to finish and I need the hive mind's help.
My initial thought is that I would first batch rename my photos by searching for some script that would strip the time/date from the EXIF data and rename the file based on that. ( Ie. 2011-03-25-11-00-pm) . After that, I would move all the files to my new 1.5 TB external hard drive that I am buying for this purpose. Duplicates would be apparent and could be reviewed to determine if they are true copies.
At that point, I would delete crappy copies of photos and try to organize groups of photos into specific folders such as "Summer Break 2009". (The reason I'm assuming this would be a good idea is because I've read not to have 10000s of pictures in one folder.- Correct me if I'm wrong)
In the future, I would need a workflow such as "Dump photos onto laptop, delete photos you don't want, batch convert to date/time names, move to External hard drive."
If anyone can share their method/experiences for consolidating, organizing, sorting, or storing their photos, I'd appreciate it.
I've notice in prior years, Lightroom was recommended but I'm not sure I need a heavyweight program like that to do this type of stuff, although the ability to tag photos would be appealing.