Indexing photos

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  1. icantremember

    icantremember Funster

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    I have just invested in a PICS 2 SD slide and photo scanner which is working very well.

    However I am not the most organized of pc users when it comes to filing.

    So now in addition to all the thousands of digital images already on my machines I will now have thousands more images once I load all the old scanned ones.

    Currently I use Picassa and try to put everything in digital albums which is easy enough .... what I now need to know is there a simple way of indexing all these pictures and albums to make finding any particular image quickly.
     
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    not that I know of.. I have spent hours indexing and naming albums.. at one point I just backed them all up to a spare drive and started afresh..

    what I did with the scanned slides was make a new folder called '35mm Slides' then sub divided it into years , then places.. it's very time consuming..

    when/if you find it.. will you let me know.. :xlaugh:
     
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    Thanks Jim, I was afraid that would be the answer ... long job then!
     
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    this may interest.. but not much use with scanned picture with no meta data

    [​IMG] Rename photos using EXIF meta data (i.e. "Date Picture Taken", "Resolution" and other information embedded in all JPG photo files) Rename your holiday pictures from a meaningless dsc1790.jpg to NewYork1.jpg in a flash.

    http://www.bulkrenameutility.co.uk/Main_Intro.php
     
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    I'd like to add notes to old family photos I have scanned. Sort of like writing names, places and dates on the back!
     
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    You can add Captions to photos in Picasa 3 , which is saved in the meta data
     
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  7. Jim

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    Dump them anywhere and everywhere, on your hard disk or portable drives, I then let lightroom manage them for me, (it sorts them into month folders) you'll never lose a pic again, especially so if you let it backup to another location on import (y)
     
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    Picasa3 does the same
    simply select which drives and or folders you you want it to watch.. it indexes them in date order.. best part is it doesn't make copies or move the files.. so no duplicate folders using up drive space .. if you edit an image, it saves the original automatically..
     
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    Ditto,
    Fantastic feature of Lightroom is the indexing feature, and a very powerful tool when dealing in RAW format.
     
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    Depends what matters most to you - Date, Place, Subject?

    I tend to file mine according to location most of the time.

    You could also use a batch processing feature in your graphics software to create small index images that add something to original name so you can link index image to original image.
     
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