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Ten Realities of Photo Organization

Fighting reality is like fighting truth. . .you can't win. Many of the errors made in taking care of a digital photo collection come from not understanding basic fundamentals of digital photography management. Following are ten important realities that are not likely to change anytime soon. Understanding these will make will make your digital life much more comfortable and organized.

1) Photo organization never comes without some effort.
2) With surprisingly little effort, photos can be organized in a acceptable manor.
3) A photo collection only ever grows.

A Photo Collection's True Value

A Photo Collection's True Value
A collection of photos sitting where nobody can find them is worth as much as the digital dust collecting around them. Unknown to most company leaders, these company assets can have great value. "Why, they're just photos?" is often the response when this is suggested.

I Love GPS Data

I Love GPS Data

I am so thrilled with devices which stamp my images with GPS data that I could jump for joy! It's not just because I love seeing images across a map. Its also because its yet more useful data about a photograph that I can use for years to come. And I don't have to manually enter it. Some devices even store address information. So I send up with being able to view images across a map (Figure 1) and can search by street, city, state/province, and country (see Figure 2's Keywords and Description, data which was automatically added).

Photo Organization Fundamentals: Four Intermediate Tips (Video 2)

Continuing from my previous blog entry on the Four Most Important fundamentals of photo organization, this video covers four additional photo organization must-do's:

1. Handling Duplicate Images
2. When Shooting, Think Organization
3. Photo Data
4. Software...explore and choose

Glenn Rogers, Product Manager for DBGallery, giving a presentation on four intermediate-level digital photo organization tips.

Photo Organization Fundamentals: Four Most Important (Video 1)

Recently I choose four of my most recommended fundamental tips for digital photo organization for a short 5 -7 minute presentation. They very important much-follow tips are:

1. Chronological Folder Names...the 1st fundamental.
2. Backup...the most important for having your photos decades from now.
3. Data Tagging...the most important for being able to find images.
4. Sharing...keep your source collection intact while duplicating on sharing sites.

New DBGallery web site

I was a key player in putting together this new site for GRR Systems and thought I'd say a few things about what I love about it.

Photo Organization Fundamentals: Chronological Folder Names

This may seem too simple to be so important: Name photo folders in the following convention: “YYYY-MM – Description”. For example, 2006-12 - Christmas in Banff

This simple organization habit of using chronological folder names will go a VERY long way in allowing your photos to be found easily. It's a time proven fundamental.