my photos is a very important task.
thing I do after a shooting session is to download the files into
the computer in a folder named after the current date because I
use one folder for each day I take photos. Then I start organizing
them. Never leave this for another day. If you do that it will be
harder to find time for them and the number will grow considerably.
a note in a file with the count of the photos taken, then delete
files I consider not worth keeping. The relation between the photos
I take and the ones I keep is an interesting statistic number. The
selecting criterion isn't always the quality. Sometimes I keep photos
that are under or over exposed, unfocused or badly framed only because
they have something to tell me.
step is to name them properly. I rename the files chronological using
a 6 characters date prefix (year, month, day) followed by a 3 digit
photo's number in that day. This code give me an unique id of every
photo taken. After that comes an author id that in my case will
be 'c' from Cristina and in Alex's case will be 'a' because we take
photos with the same camera. Then I write a title for the photo
that might be about the subject, location, the time event, or anything
useful to quickly find it when I search in the folder. For example,
the 031109_001_a_PhotoTitle.jpg photo was taken on November
9th 2003 and was the first photo on that day.
folder I make a copy of those photos that I consider to be best,
if any, so I can quickly show them to my friends. If I work on a
photo I add another counter to the initial photo id, so I don't
mix it with the original. I write those folders on cd periodically.
You might want to consider a double backup for the most important
photos, because data on a cd can be lost even easier than printed
This is how I organize my photos for now, and I hope it will inspire