Managing image files

Chris Mitchell chris.mitchell at
Wed Jul 14 02:52:10 EDT 2010

Christine Aguila wrote:
> Sent: 14 July 2010 04:53
> To: Pentax-Discuss Mail List
> Subject: Re: Managing image files
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Charles Robinson" <charlesr at>
> To: "Pentax-Discuss Mail List" <pdml at>
> Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 4:50 PM
> Subject: Re: Managing image files
> > On Jul 13, 2010, at 15:39, Bob W wrote:
> >>
> >> Because LR can do all of this, I don't do any organisation of the
> files
> >> outside of LR. I import all the photographs into the same folder on
> disk,
> >> and use the camera-assigned name for the file. I see no point in
> >> organising
> >> them outside LR in parallel with LR. Other people take a different
> view
> >> and
> >> have their own organisation on disk, and various strategies are
> >> recommended
> >> by the authors of LR books.
> >>
> >
> > I agree with all of this, Bob.
> >
> > The only organization I do outside of LR (ie, before even importing
> them
> > into LR) is to group into a "month" folder (2010_June, 2010_July,
> > etc...) - this gives me a discrete collection of files which I can
> later
> > back up.  Typically (but not always) I have less than 4.7 gigs of
> images
> > each month, which means I can both spin off a copy of the folder to a
> > second harddrive AND burn a copy onto a couple of different DVDs.  If
> I
> > slopped everything into one huge folder I wouldn't have any handy way
> of
> > grouping them for backup and the eventual move to "off-line" status.
> I agree with Charles who agrees with Bob W.  Majority of my
> organization is
> done inside of Lightroom.  And, if you're still reading this thread,
> Eric,
> you can easily move files around within Lightroom.  You really should
> download a free trial version, watch the tutorials, and buy Scott
> Kelby's
> book.  I own a copy and refer to it often.  Cheers, Christine
And I agree with Christine who agrees with Charles and Bob. I let Lightroom
store images by date and use keywords to do the indexing and searching. I
hardly ever use Photoshop nowadays, and haven't bothered to upgrade from
CS3. My versions of LR and PS actually belong to my daughter- we purchased
them for her when she was a student and got education discounts. Once
bought, the upgrade pricing is almost reasonable.


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