It’s Q&A month and I’m answering your biggest questions about life, business, and simple scrapbooking.
How do you organize your photos?
I have used Adobe Lightroom for photo editing and management for more than three years now. I grow more in love with this software with each new version. I love Lightroom for three key reasons:
- It unites post-processing and organization in one package.
- All edits are non-destructive, keeping my originals safe.
- Lightroom is easy to use and saves me so much time.
One of the smartest features inside of Lightroom is its ability to sync with your folder system. For example, creating a new folder (say for June 2014) in Lightroom creates that folder on my hard drive. As someone who loves hierarchical organization, this is just brilliant.
I organize my photos chronologically inside of Lightroom. I have top-level folders by year for more recent years and year brackets for older photos. Inside of each year, I have folders for each month. I label them numerically first, so they are always sorted correctly. For example, June would be labeled 06 – June.
Because I automatically sync my photos into Lightroom via Dropbox and Eye Fi, I have what are essentially inboxes. One is “Imported from DSLR” and the other is “Imported from Phones”. I then drag photos from these into the month folders. I like having these staging areas so that I can determine the final home for each image.
I do some tagging of my images but am not always consistent with it. I more often rely on my own knowledge of when something happened to find an image. Adding more tags is one organization task I would really like to spend more time on.