A&P Organizing Your Photos

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  1. phigity

    phigity New Member

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    How do you organize your shoots in regards to folder structure? Currently I have a different folder for each year, within the year folder I have month folders, within the month folder I have project/shoot folders. Inside the project/shoot folder I have a folder for the raw files, edited jpgs, and then a folder for scaled down web files for upload.

    I just recently got a new MBP so I'm looking into a different way of organizing everything to see if there's a better way. On a side note, do you prefer Aperture or LR and why?
     
  2. Wobistdu

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    I struggled with this since owning a damn digital camera.

    Best way I found so far

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    Year-Month-Day. Years count up, new year starts at january. Description at the end.

    Inside folder gets the raws. sub folders for JPGs/etc
     
  3. tenplanescrashing

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    I just have mine in different folders as it pertains to what I did. So I used to list my trips separately but now I have them in folders under a folder called "Trips".

    it works for me, but it isn't the best way of looking at it if you shoot a lot. I don't.
     
  4. 1992 240SX

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    Year
    Month
    Day + description

    I didn't do the description the first couple of years and it makes it a lot harder to find things.
     
  5. TheManLouisianaFace

    TheManLouisianaFace and decide!

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    Aperture Library + Vault.
     
  6. Oh Its Joe

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    I just have them all in separate folders with a brief title and just a text document in that folder with any other necessary information.

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    I start them off with the date ie: 121309 for today, and if theres a specific event or shoot, I make a note of it IE: "121309 Kelly's Birthday".

    Once I get enough of those, I throw them into folders by year.
     
  8. mojito

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  9. Wobistdu

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    mojito processes his iphone pics in light room? wow hardcore just reached a whole new level [​IMG]
     
  10. mojito

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    keep all your shit together bro.
     
  11. Wobistdu

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    im just fucking with ya.
     
  12. SonicYan

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    I just use LR's default import settings, have them organized by date.
     
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    Question for Mojito and others with multiple external HDDs.

    Do you have one HDD that has all your photos and then the other drives are just backups or are your photos on separate drives? Can lightroom 'index' photos on external drives? My problem is at the moment I only have a laptop so my newer photos are on here, all my photos are kept on two external hard drives, one is a backup. I don't want to edit on those externals because the access speed is slower.
     
  14. phigity

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    I have 2 HDs. One is just for zipped backups for safety. The other is all uncompressed files. LR can index files from any source including external drives.
     
  15. Wobistdu

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    if any of you guys have a fast internet connection like fios/cable... i use Mozy for online backups. $4.95 / mo. Offsite reliable backups in case of a disaster like fire. You use either their encryption or your own key.

    It takes a long time to upload the initial, but it does it in the background. After that any additions/changes get incrementally backed up. I love it.
     
  16. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    this, only use double digits for all the months / days (2005-06-05, etc)
     
  17. Wobistdu

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    yeah i should fix that so 10-11-12 aren't out of order
     
  18. phigity

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    Yup double digits are def the way to go. I have cable but don't do any online backing up. I've thought about that as well. Would be nice to be able to access the files from anywhere.
     
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    date, in euro format, y/m/d so when it's organized by name, it's chronological.

    then i tag on the event name or the subject of the photos. just like l33tpilot's folders.

    i've also gotten into tagging hte photos w keywords in lightroom.

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    i really need to start doing backups, at least on an external.

    right now i'm ok though because im running RAID5 on my main drive.
     
  21. someonenew

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    folder for the year, then each folder gets a name based on the date.

    today's date is 12/14/09 so my folder would be 121409 followed by the subject of the shoot whether it be a models name, or the location or the reason for the shoot etc.
     
  22. Pitt

    Pitt 1-1-11 — Never Forget OT Supporter

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    I have my photos on 2 external drives (one for use and one for backup)
     
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    that would drive me insane
     
  24. mojito

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    One HD for photos, one for music, one for video, one for time machine backups, 2 are for backups that are stored in a safety deposit box

    lightroom can use externals just fine, and read multiple HDD's at the same time as well. Only thing it can't use is network drives :greddy: but it'd be slow as balls anyways

    if you use firewire or esata, you should be fine. you can always use the internal for editing, then move them in LR (or on your own and point LR to the changes AFTER saving the metadata to file) to an external
     
  25. TheManLouisianaFace

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    RAID != Backup.
     

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