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Oct 04, 2012 22:25 |  #1

I just recently got back from a 2 wk family trip and have tons of pictures. This is the most images I've had taken ever and I'm kind of overwhelmed on where to begin after importing and picking the keepers.

My images are all from different events & places throughout the trip and I'm unsure what process to use in organizing. Do you guys create a collection based on one big trip or do you break it down even further into sub-folders?


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Oct 05, 2012 00:59 |  #2

Whatever makes it easier for you. I would create a collection set for the entire trip and then create collections inside the set for however you wish to break it down, maybe by locations on the trip.


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Oct 05, 2012 03:37 |  #3

I would do a collection set, then smart collections inside of that based on keywords. If you keyword your images, they will automatically go into the correct folders, and an individual image could show up in more than one folder if appropriate.


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Oct 05, 2012 04:47 |  #4

I also recently returned from a long trip in August. My usual folder structure is:

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2012
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Date (dd-mm-yy) and text description of event or location

however, in this case I made a subfolder within the August folder titled Canada Trip and inside that I put the usual Date+Text folders.
Aside from that individual shots got the usual keynoting.


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Oct 05, 2012 10:27 |  #5

Your own organization of photos is a bit like creating an outline...it is how you want it organized!

Do you want to divide the USA by state? Do you want to divide the USA by region (West, East, North, South)? By political party (Demo, Repub, Green, other)? By gender (male, female, questionable)? Your organization of photos is similar in concept...how YOU would like it organized.

You can use software features to help. For example, I fundamentally organize folders and subfolders like tzalman, by folder for location, then subfolder for date: Australia/Apr7, Australia/Apr8, New Zealand/Apr9, etc. And I use LR keywords feature to tag photos by locations and/or other organizational search words, like 'museum' or 'church' or 'zoo' and/or 'painting' or 'statue' or 'animal'.


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Oct 05, 2012 13:40 |  #6

I generally don't make my folders based on specific dates, since it's so easy to use other Lightroom tools to sort by date. If I have a (rare) need to find the photos I took on April 14, 2012, I can just filter the whole catalog by dates, and if further refinement is needed, then by keyword or metadata (camera body, etc).

There are exceptions, of course - I'll put dates in the names of folders for recurring events. For instance, for the photos of my wife's dance group's performances, there's a folder for each performance, with the date and venue name in the name of the folder. And, other recurring events such as holidays are labeled by date, e.g. "Christmas 2011."

But for the most part, my folder organization is not based around dates, it's based around the type of content.


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Oct 05, 2012 14:39 |  #7

For personal stuff I keep a year folder as a master.... 2010...2011...2012... After that I just let lightroom dump them in folders sorted by the "shot on" date. Some special events get a named folder. And vacations all go into its own named folder no matter how many days it is.

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Oct 05, 2012 17:40 |  #8

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But for the most part, my folder organization is not based around dates, it's based around the type of content.

Not to be argumentative, but to illustrate why I said 'by date' earlier...
And if you were to spend a 10 day holiday in Paris, how might you distinguish the many shots taken over the course of the trip?


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Oct 05, 2012 20:52 |  #9

I organize by dates and events if I do more than one shoot in a day.


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Oct 05, 2012 22:46 |  #10

Thanks everyone for the feedback. I decided to go w/ the year/date folder structure.


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Oct 06, 2012 10:54 |  #11

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Not to be argumentative, but to illustrate why I said 'by date' earlier...
And if you were to spend a 10 day holiday in Paris, how might you distinguish the many shots taken over the course of the trip?

Depends on how many photos it was. Probably based on content, something like this:

Personal Vacations/Paris 2012/Louvre
Personal Vacations/Paris 2012/Musee d'Orsay
Personal Vacations/Paris 2012/Misc City Landmarks
etc

For me personally, that would be much more meaningful than simply breaking it up into the ten days. I can remember that we went to Paris on 2012, but did we go to the Louvre on September 27th or September 28th? I can't remember. Maybe we went on two non-consecutive days ,and I want all the Louvre photos grouped together without going into a collection or keyword filter.

...It's a system that works well enough for me :)


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Oct 06, 2012 11:05 |  #12

nathancarter wrote in post #15087061 (external link)
Depends on how many photos it was. Probably based on content, something like this:

Personal Vacations/Paris 2012/Louvre
Personal Vacations/Paris 2012/Musee d'Orsay
Personal Vacations/Paris 2012/Misc City Landmarks
etc

For me personally, that would be much more meaningful than simply breaking it up into the ten days. I can remember that we went to Paris on 2012, but did we go to the Louvre on September 27th or September 28th? I can't remember. Maybe we went on two non-consecutive days ,and I want all the Louvre photos grouped together without going into a collection or keyword filter.

...It's a system that works well enough for me :)

I don't disagree. But at the same time, if you happened to go to Montemarte and pass Sacre Coeur on multiple days, then you have to take some photos (taken on Sept. 10 and Sept 13 when you went back), and import SOME photos on 9/10 into the Montemarte folder, some others into the the Sacre Coeur folder, some others in the StreetMarket folder, and then do the same thing when you go back to all three places on 9/13...very laborious to divide into three folders on two different days, since it is six subdivisions of photos!
In short, what works in one situation may work poorly in a different situation.


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Oct 06, 2012 12:12 |  #13

wilt & nathan you both bring up a great point. I ran into this issue last night when I went to organize within lightroom. I had a bunch of pictures from Seattle spread out on a few days. What I did was
imported into lightroom based on date. Then within LR I created a main collection set: WA, 2012 then sub folders
- seattle
- glass museum
- etc

Another question I had was, this trip was a mix of family photos and sights from Seattle. Do you guys break your photos up even more w/ splitting family photos & artsy shots from wherever you went or keep them all together in a collection? I may be over thinking the process at this point but wouldn't mind hearing how you guys process.

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Oct 06, 2012 12:19 |  #14

OK, I had to read to the end of the thread to see you explicitly state you're using Lightroom.

I organize my files by Year and by Date. Also, I use Downloader Pro to import my files from my card reader and to rename and sort them into date-based folders. Lightroom has similar functionality but DLP is much more powerful and flexible.

Once my files are on my hard drive in date-based folders, I import them into Lightroom. I don't add any description to folder names...that's the purpose of metadata. So you can easily subscribe to the principle of Who, What, Where, When in assigning keyword tags to your photos. For multi-day trips, I still sort them into date-based folders, but In Lightroom its a trivial matter to create a collection that groups all the photos from a trip.

You can also create Smart Collections that will scan you keyword tags and automatically group photos according the the collection rule(s) you set up.


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Oct 06, 2012 12:21 |  #15

What's the point of sub-folders? If you tag your images with location tags like "Seattle" or "Glass museum" you can easily use the Lightroom filter bar to search and locate the images that were tagged with those keywords.

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wilt & nathan you both bring up a great point. I ran into this issue last night when I went to organize within lightroom. I had a bunch of pictures from Seattle spread out on a few days. What I did was
imported into lightroom based on date. Then within LR I created a main collection set: WA, 2012 then sub folders
- seattle
- glass museum
- etc

Another question I had was, this trip was a mix of family photos and sights from Seattle. Do you guys break your photos up even more w/ splitting family photos & artsy shots from wherever you went or keep them all together in a collection? I may be over thinking the process at this point but wouldn't mind hearing how you guys process.

thx :)


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