What to do with all those digital photo's.....

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  1. Chockswahay

    Chockswahay Funster

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    I have just been sorting thru 6500 photo's on my 'puter :Eeek:

    I found this free software really useful.....

    http://www.alanlight.com/dim/Dim.htm

    Then I just loaded the folders into iPhoto and it made sorting much easier. It is available for PC and Mac.

    I liked it so I just wanted to share the fun with anyone else who might be interested :thumb:

    :Cool::Cool:
     
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    Sorting photos is a nightmare! I can never find the pictures I want, and they seem to be scattered all over the place too!:Doh:

    If it helps, I for one will be downloading the programme! Thanks!
     
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    Down through the years I've tried many organisers, including iPhoto when I had the Mac..

    Now I use Picasa 3, been using it for a couple of years .. you chose a destination file and a folder name before importing..
    It is also a good organiser, viewer and a reasonably good image adjuster. It never moves or replaces an image .. nor create any more libraries ..

    I store all my photos and videos on a 1TB back up drive and also on a 2TB home server (NAS drive) where both Jan and Chaz can view them .. and add their own..
    Picasa can be set to read from whatever folders or drives you want using the 'folder manager' .. including those on the server.

    Our Sony TV is also on the home network, this makes viewing a pleasure and very easy as you don't have to search the different computers for images.. Same method for home videos and slide shows.. Images and videos can also be streamed directly to the TV using Microsoft Media player.

    It takes time and a bit of thought to get them stored properly .. but whatever method or software you use, it is well worth it, once done it's relatively easy to keep them tidy ..
     
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  4. Chockswahay

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    I should have said that the really useful thing about D.I.M is that it will index all your photo's by date, day, hour, min and second then put them automatically into year and month folders. You can also set it to re number your files if you wish.

    I also use Picasa 3 and it is indeed a very good program.

    :Cool:
     
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    The DIM manual is available by clicking here.

    That's my sort of manual.....:thumb:
     
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    Over the years I've used a few systems, after having folders, files, shoeboxes, even suitcases stuffed full of 5by7cm negs, 6by6, 35mm slides and negatives. I never lost a neg, but what a pain sorting through them. I thought the age of digital would make it easier, but even being diligent, I have lost photos. :Doh:

    I now copy mine over 3 hard disks and I have them all catalogued and keyworded with Lightroom 4 [ame="http://www.amazon.co.uk/Adobe-Photoshop-Lightroom-Mac-PC/dp/B007ELNDAW/ref=sr_1_1?s=software&ie=UTF8&qid=1355091370&sr=1-1"]Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 (Mac/PC): Amazon.co.uk: Software[/ame]. Lightroom 4 is Sooooo good, it is not only good at keeping track I find I am using photoshop less and less as there are a ton of photo tools within it and free plugins available for it:thumb:
     
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    I use shotwell which is proving to be much better than Picasa. I am on Linux not sure if it is available for windows...
     
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    I'm with Jim on this ... Lightroom every time. If you make the effort and tag the pictures with key words you can find them any time

    But whatever you do back them up off site then even a disaster like a fire won't get them ... And you can be sure that your hard disc will fail one day ... Its just a question of when
     
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    Oh yes ... And when you go through them do delete the rubbish/duplicates ! Clearing the decks makes them more fun to display. We run a screen saver with them ... Great fun
    Anna x
     
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    I use picasa and its great.....what benefits does this prog have picasa
    which of course is free and very easy to use.

    Picasa loads pics directly from my cameras.and can file them in many ways ....and send them in emails to any one .and is great for cropping and simple retouching.

    So what are the benefits ?

    barry
     
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    emailing digitl photos

    After years of being able to email photos to friends all over the world our (fairly elderly) computer now won't do it. It also won't forward other people's photos sent to us. Cab't work out why. Would any of these above mentioned programmes solve the problem? Or any other help out there?
     
  12. Chockswahay

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    Hi Barry,

    If like me you have taken loads (!) of photo's and left it right up to now to attempt to index them, the benefit with the DIM (lol) program is that it will order all your photo's into folders based on date. It will also rename any repeats that you may have 001, 002 etc.

    The advantage with this is that we tend to be very good at remembering dates first. Once you have all the photo's in date order you can then use another program like Picasa to edit and label them more easily.

    Of course you will have to load your photo's into DIM in the first place :Wink:

    I am not suggesting that DIM is for everyone, I just thought it might help those that are interested. It is free :Smile:

    I have found Picasa excellent but I have also found that it is very easy to end up with multiple copies of the same photo's too.

    Don't shoot me :Eek!: :Eeek:

    :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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