In this post I mentioned that we took 4,979 pictures on our trip across North America. Now I’m faced with the EPIC task (yes that needed to be capitalized and italicized) of organizing all those shots.
Somewhere along the trip, I discovered Lightroom. And I fell in love with it. Now I do most of my photo-editing (cropping, adjusting the exposure, etc) in Lightroom. I’m still learning Photoshop and intend to make use of it once I understand it better, but Lightroom was easy to use with results that I was pleased with.
But now this has messed up my process of storing photos. I used to put all my photos in iPhoto and edit them from there. iPhoto remembered the edits and I could always go back to the original if I needed to. It kept both versions for me so I didn’t have to think about it. It wasn’t an ideal system, but it worked for me at the time. Now I’m finding I have versions of photos all over the place and there’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Because I didn’t take the time to come up with a system, I ended up with chaos. Yes I might be being a little melodramatic, but seriously, I feel overwhelmed! Don’t even get me started on assigning keywords to the photos and other strategies for accessing them later.
So I thought I’d ask how you guys store your photos. What works best for you? Do you have a favourite program (preferably an Apple one!) that you use to catalogue your photos? Do you keep all your originals somewhere and your edited versions somewhere else? What strategies do you use for being able to search for specific photos later on?
Wow, I feel so much better already! I know you’re going to have great suggestions, I just know it!
*quotation in the title by Bob Dylan