I’m looking for either software or workflow advice. I do photography for a civil engineering company. I shoot primarily before, during and after shots of projects we do. We have tens of thousands of photographs stored on multiple servers, mostly organized according to the location in this state where the work was done. Most of these were taken before I got here. I am frequently asked to find images that pertain to a certain specific aspect of what we do, i.e., drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, electrical engineering, things like that. None of these images have ever been tagged or indexed in any way making it extremely difficult to find the images I need since I’m not all that familiar with what types of jobs we did in each location. I have been asked to find a way that anyone who works here can search our servers for images related to a specific subject. Or at the very least I need a way that I would be able to quickly pull up numerous images of a given discipline of our business.
Here are my options. I have a subscription to Adobe CC. I know that Lightroom is an excellent way to index photographs but 1, I haven’t used LR and I don’t know how long it would take to get up to speed on it. 2, I don’t have the numerous hours it would take to go through all of the images and tag them with keywords. And 3, even if I tag all the images, would I be the only person who could search for them? Here’s another option. We have a very bright intern who has the time and ability to go through all the images but he doesn't have LR and wouldn't know how to use it (at least not quickly) if he did. What I’m wondering is if there is a software alternative to LR that would allow him to process all of these images with keywords and have them be searchable by others who don’t have or know how to use Adobe software? Any thoughts?