Photo Organization with Visual Browsing Capability? Or Just Tag It All?
March 6, 2014 9:52 AM Subscribe
I want to improve my digital photo organization at work, and I don't care about anything in iPhoto except Events. Unfortunately, I really
appreciate being able to visually browse Events as a central database of every photo upload ever.
It feels like there's no easy visual browsing in the Adobe suite, is this true? Should I just get better at using keywords in Bridge, or is there something magical in Lightroom that I don't know about?
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Why this is all so important to me:
I'd be fine just using iPhoto to browse events if it didn't lose the folder once I moved it. I need to store images with their associated design projects (easier for coworkers who need access to files, and easier for future me to work with projects), so I can't let them live in the secret iPhoto library forever. However, being able to see every set of images in chronological order and represented by an official thumbnail is super great!
I'm comfortable sorting/rating/tweaking my photographs in Bridge and working on them in Photoshop, and would consider getting Lightroom if it had a similar functionality to the Events view, but it doesn't seem to. I understand that you can do a lot with keywords, but I work in an environment with a lot of repeated elements, and I'd rather not have to meticulously catalog every single new picture or go back and retag years of old photos with every single word I could imagine myself searching for.
Workflow: I visit multiple store locations, and usually take a variety of pictures every time (displays, customers, signage, store layout). I also take photographs of people using product and wearing official merch. I often upload multiple "events" per day.
I forget about certain photoshoots sometimes, and something visual reminds me: "Hey! You know that time you took a picture of a dude outdoors for a sale, and he had a themed product beside him on the grass? You can use the shot of that themed product for the social graphic you need for theme week!"
Events is also super helpful for going through hundreds of coworkers' photos; I can quickly get a visual sense of what was happening in each shoot.
Am I stuck between two worlds, or is there something that combines advanced photo organization and easy visual browsing of photoshoots? Or, alternately, is my reluctance to upgrade to advanced tagging/keywords holding me back here?
Note: I have access to Lynda.com, so if anyone has any recommended tutorials for certain programs, or even program/function recommendations, I will definitely check them out there.