Briefly comment on the organizing software you currently use, or how you track and catalog your digital images.

Briefly comment on the organizing software you currently use, or how you track and catalog your digital images.
Yes, it is a regular part of my regimen.
64% (114 votes)
No, but I will be looking at options closely as I realize the importance of this task.
25% (45 votes)
No, I don't consider it that important.
11% (19 votes)
Total votes: 178

Heinz's picture

I recently started using Adobe

Jason Nadler's picture

I currently use a combination of Picassa2 and Extensis Portfolio. Portfolio handles files no longer on my HD, which is a mush, but Picassa is easier to use. I look forward to getting Lightroom when it's available for the PC.

Vern Swick's picture

For basic organizing I use ACDSee 7. I will upgrade to the "Pro" version when and if they add support for Nikon D200 NEF (raw) file format.

Leon's picture

I use DigitalPro3 and like it. However, I am anxiously waiting for Adobe's new program later this year.

C.  Young's picture

Photoshop Elements 3 does a pretty good job of organizing my photos before I put them on CD's.

Katherin's picture

It is something that I recently started to do and has become a very important step now that I am selling my prints and creating slideshows.

Russell J.  Snyder's picture

I create a seperate numbered file folder directly to my hard drive. I use a number code to describe file contents.

Russell Sleyster's picture

I've found most organizing software to be cumbersome, so I simply create a directory under "Photographs, Digital" in Win XP labeled with year, month, day, image number range, and subject/event/etc. Example: "06 01-22 2421-2484 Org Wilderness" represents 2006, January 22, images base numbers #2421 through #2484 at Orange Wilderness Trail. When I edit, I keep the image name/number that the camera creates but add key words and save in a non-compressed form. Archived in a CD or DVD, depending on collection.

Jack Hess's picture

I actually like the approach that Apple is taking with Aperture - it fits my workflow very well. But it has a lot of room for improvement. And Apple needs to respond faster when new cameras are introduced - one of my cameras is the Nikon D200 which I've had for 6 weeks and Aperture still can't handle RAW files from the D200.

Linda Hoopes's picture

It's much easier to organize each downloading rather than wading through a mass of pictures to find the one you just know you have somewhere on the harddrive. Another step should be to then save the images to disk immediately in the event of computer crash or who knows what else.

Jerry Segraves's picture

My workflow varies, depending on whether I've shot in RAW or JPEG as well as what types of photos I've shot.

Dennis Walton's picture

I presently use folders on various external and internal hard drives for filing photos. Access is via Adobe Bridge. Searches are done using via Adobe Bridge and Apple's Spotlight.

Ronk's picture

I burn a CD and place it with a contact sheet in a loose leaf binder. Everything is arranged by date and subject. What I need to do is make up a master list of subjects and dates for filing purposes; just what I did in film days. This works for me without a huge hard drive to handle the pix.

Dave Cunningham's picture

Picasa2 does a pretty good job for me. I am a retired photographer and in my middle eighties.

Harry Futch's picture

I currently use ACDSee. I have a major client that requires huge numbers of documentary photos on commercial properties. I use it to sort by property, rename by property, and to resize by property. One stop for all of my organizational needs.

Michael Rosenberg's picture

I don't use any add-on software. I use my own naming system through Windows and PS. I start with the date (YrMoDy) a space and a name for the folder. Each image is named within the folder and meta data is filled in with keywords, discription and title. I have over ten thousand images in my system and never have a problem finding a specific image by using Windows search feature. All images are saved as PSD and JPG.

Peter's picture

I currently use Adobe Bridge to look at my raw images but it is a hassel to open the program everytime I want to browse my pictures. I really want to pull up my photos using my desktop explorer.

Holly's picture

I make a contact sheet with Photohop and burn a CD that corresponds to that contact sheet, and store it all in a binder by date.

Joey Bentley's picture

Currently I do not use a program to do it. I manually organize my shots according to date and location. Although the date is my main focus when organizing the shots. I usually just list the location where the most shots were taken. I have tried Lightroom's beta and as of beta version 1. I like how some of the options that they offer for organizing my shots. The one thing I don't like about it is having to "import" my files into the program. I would rather just point to the files and that be it. Much like I do with one of the programs that came with my Canon SLR. I hope this info helps.