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Sep 05, 2017 11:45 |  #1

I am a hobbyist/enthusiast and new to LR. I am looking for suggestions on how to structure/name file folders for simplicity.
All my folders have the default YY_MM_DD format from Canon's EOS utility, but I realize that built in filters in LR can easily sort by date, if needed - so its kinda redundant.
I have seen some useful B&H videos on LR organization, but the recommendations seem more applicable/relevant to professionals (with lots of events, jobs, locations, clientele etc. to keep track of). If you have developed a good/simple system for yourself, I'd like to know.
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Sep 05, 2017 11:53 |  #2

dhyana wrote in post #18445092 (external link)
I am a hobbyist/enthusiast and new to LR. I am looking for suggestions on how to structure/name file folders for simplicity.
All my folders have the default YY_MM_DD format from Canon's EOS utility, but I realize that built in filters in LR can easily sort by date, if needed - so its kinda redundant.
I have seen some useful B&H videos on LR organization, but the recommendations seem more applicable/relevant to professionals (with lots of events, jobs, locations, clientele etc. to keep track of). If you have developed a good/simple system for yourself, I'd like to know.
Thanks, in advance!


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Then just add a few key-words to the images.

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Sep 05, 2017 11:57 |  #3

I do the same as John but add descriptive text to the folder names after the date.

I also add a description to almost all the picture file names inside the folders.

Basically I set things up so I can find things in Lightroom, but also without Lightroom, because one day I might abandon Lightroom (or it might abandon me).


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Sep 05, 2017 12:32 |  #4

Archibald wrote in post #18445101 (external link)
... but also without Lightroom, because one day I might abandon Lightroom (or it might abandon me).

Good point/idea!

Most of my folders are like that, but lately, I have fallen off the wagon in terms of adding additional descriptors to the folder dates.

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Sep 05, 2017 12:34 as a reply to  @ john crossley's post |  #5

Thanks for your input, John.
My structure is very similar, currently.


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Then just add a few key-words to the images.

Mine is like this, except I have an extra level of folders for months. So it looks like this:


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I used to just have a folder for each date within the year folder, as below, but scrolling and populating the shot count became an issue.


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Sep 05, 2017 13:06 as a reply to  @ mike_d's post |  #7

Thanks, Mike.

A follow up question: Do you save all the pics from your phones in the same folders as above?


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Sep 05, 2017 13:11 |  #8

dhyana wrote in post #18445151 (external link)
Thanks, Mike.

A follow up question: Do you save all the pics from your phones in the same folders as above?

Yes. I import everything of any value, including videos onto the same folder structure in Lightroom. My phone and my wife's phone uploads pictures/videos to Dropbox. I import from there into LR. My sister in law also takes videos and pictures of the kids and shares them with me via a Dropbox folder so that goes into LR too.




  
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Sep 05, 2017 13:48 |  #9

mike_d wrote in post #18445153 (external link)
Yes. I import everything of any value, including videos onto the same folder structure in Lightroom. My phone and my wife's phone uploads pictures/videos to Dropbox. I import from there into LR. My sister in law also takes videos and pictures of the kids and shares them with me via a Dropbox folder so that goes into LR too.

I like this format. It only means I have a lot of digital house-keeping to do before importing photos/videos from our phones!


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