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How can I better organise and file my photos?

At present I meticulously add metadata as EXIF tags to my photos using Microsoft Pro Photo Tools, which also lets me place them accurately on a map. The thing is I tend to leave photos in a folder ...
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What software is focused on reviewing and organizing images?

If I wanted to just view, sort, and organize (via tags or folders or both), what programs are geared toward doing this quickly? I know I could do this in most any photo editor, but it's not ideal for ...
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Is there an EXIF standard for tagging people in photographs?

There are a number of websites that let you tag people in photos, such as Facebook and now flickr, but is there an EXIF standard for tagging who is in a photo, and where they are?
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Do Lightroom and Aperture force you into using a specific folder structure?

I'm getting busy, which is a good thing. I need to be able to batch process raws, or rather make global edits, to increase efficiency. I've heard that Aperature and Lightroom are both good at this but ...
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Where does the DSC file name prefix come from?

Without having a real problem with this, why did Nikon (maybe others too?) chose this file name prefix?
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How should one best manage large collections of photographs?

With gigabytes of pictures accumulating over time, I'm wondering what systems (software, strategies, etc.) people are using to keep track of their collections? Let's say you remember a picture and you ...
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Suggestions for shared cross-platform photo management?

I have a Mac, my wife has a Win7 machine. Currently I take all of our photos and put them into iPhoto. There's about 35K images in there now. The problem is that they are all accessible only from my ...
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Is there a free visual similarity image local hard drive search?

I'm looking for a desktop search engine for finding images on my local hard drive with high visual similarity. I've only found paid for ones so far. It could be Linux or Windows software; either would ...
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What is the right way to delete all photos from a camera?

What is the most correct way to delete all photos from a camera after they all have been copied to a computer: to format memory card using the camera menu, or simply Select All and Delete photo ...
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How to compare RAW photos quickly?

It's not uncommon for me to return from a hike or outing and have 500+ images to "sift" before getting started on post processing. Is there a better way to compare 5-10 photos of the same image ...
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How can I organise photos on a network storage device, and what software can help me?

I have a recently bought a NAS and am in the process of transferring my photo collection onto it. I probably have over 300GB of pictures (many in various RAW formats). At the moment these are just ...
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What's good photo management software for dealing with a huge library?

My wife's computer has probably 100 GBs of photos--thousands upon thousands of photos. We've been using Windows Live Photo Gallery (Windows 7) and things have been pretty good. The features and ...
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How can I select only all edited photos from a catalog for export from Lightroom 3?

In Lightroom 3, how do I select only edited photos from a catalog for export, without choosing individually? For example: I import 500 photos from a shoot and I go through and edit 286 photos. Now I ...
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Are RAW files safe from changes?

While I'm shooting my pictures as RAWs (or actually JPEG+RAW) for a while, I haven't really have ever worked with the RAW files so far. When opening the RAW files, and playing with the options, I'm ...
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How do I prevent a Nikon D3100 from resetting the file image numbering each time?

I have a Nikon D3100. When I unload the pictures from the camera to the computer, the numbering of the file names goes back to zero. Sometimes, when they are still about the same event, I would ...
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How can I manage my raw+jpeg files?

I shoot in raw+jpeg mode. Mainly because I like to do post processing, but my wife doesn't wan't to be bothered with that. She likes to be able to take the photo and upload it to facebook without any ...
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Is there a tool to check the file integrity of a series of images?

Sometimes when you're downloading an image and the connection breaks mid stream, you are left with a half downloaded image. If you try to view it you get the upper part of the image and the bottom ...
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Should I add my exported photos to my Lightroom catalog?

After processing my RAW files in Lightroom, I often export JPGs to give to people or to post online. I create these files in a directory structure under an \Export top level directory. I'm trying to ...
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How to delete “unused” raw files which have no .jpg match?

I shoot RAW+JPG, namely NEF and JPG. After viewing sometimes hundreds of images (using a simple program) and deleting the JPGs, I have many unnecessary leftover NEF files. If there was a script to ...
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Why do copies of the same photo have slightly different file sizes?

I've been pulling my hair out at this task, which seems insurmountable. I have spent a lot of time consolidating all my past storage drives, and then doing it again, and now discover I have many ...
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Better than Flickr for albums hierarchy

Is any of the other major photosharing sites better than Flickr for the albums hierarchy? I mean the possibility to define a depth of more than two... If I'm not mistaken in flickr you can only define ...
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What photography workflow software can be kept on a central server?

At my company we do a lot of photo shoots for our products, at the moment we just organize the photo per photo shoot but with this system its hard to recover a photo of a product, you have to go over ...
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How do you attach asset tags to camera equipment?

For all you pros out there, how do you handle asset tags on your equipment? It seems easy to apply them to computers, notebooks, external hardrives, and even camera bodies, but how do you handle ...
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What are best-practices for personal photo organization in Aperture?

I'm curious about best practices for photo and project organization. I'm starting to have too many projects to just have them listed by date, like iPhoto does. I've recently switched to Aperture, and ...
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iPhone photo download workflow for ONLY new photos onto Mac

[Cross posting this from SuperUser since I have a bounty on it and have no replies yet, hopefully will get more attention here ;)] I'm finding my iPhone photo download workflow to be a bit cumbersome....
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Workflow for managing, organizing and sharing a large number of “photos of strangers”?

Scenario I'm going to be in a public area taking portraits of many people (for example, at a themed, public event, or while doing a 100 Strangers Project, etc..) After taking someone's portrait, I ...
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Recommendations for Photo Editing/Organization Software?

I have a MacBook Pro, while my wife has a PC. We have a NAS device on our network where we store all of our pictures. This gives us the ability to both view our photos from one simple location, ...
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Is there a way to have Lightroom include the cropped aspect ratio in the filename when the file is exported?

I am exporting my files to be printed by an outside service and I know before hand when working in the develop module what size I want the print to be. So I set the crop aspect ratio to be what I ...
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How can I find all sets of photos taken on the same date across years

I want to create a memories album and for that wanted to find all groups of photos that are on the same date, so that I can see what trend I can show across the years. It's similar to "Today in the ...
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What's a good application for file and folder for organizing large amounts of images on Linux?

I have a collection of around 35.000 JPG's and 5.000 NEF files. Previously I imported and "organized" this bulk load of pictures using RoboImport. It quite fitted my workflow as I could give it almost ...
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Lightroom Import alternative?

Just returned from a vacation and processed my pics. Then realized what I really use Lightroom for and it's mainly the advanced import function to be able to rename files into my preferred hierarchy: ...
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How do you keep organized in LR?

I recently switched from Aperture to LR. I want to know what is the best way to get organized. How do you keep your file structure? I read online that some are using YYYYMMDD-Title as folders. Also, ...
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Can I import pictures into Lightroom and retain my existing folder structure?

I already have 30k pictures ordered in the following format: YYYY/MM/YYYY-MM-DD. I would like to continue this format instead of going through and renaming all my folders (besides, I like this layout)....
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Gather Date taken of photos and make a timeline plot

I wanted to see my trend of digital phototaking over the years. My hypothesis being that there is an upswing each time I acquire a new device (camera, phone ...etc.) and a boost with the advent of ...
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Is there any way in Lightroom to sort photos from multiple days based on time of the day?

I have a folder with holidays photos (7 days). I would like to make a collection witch would sort these photos based on time of the day, without considering the day. For example, all pictures taken ...
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Is there a problem if I delete or copy photos from my SD card using Windows Explorer?

If I just insert the card in the PC and delete some photos inside DCIM folder, or add some, can this damage my card or camera? Should I use some special software for this?
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How can I give an assitant rights to edit without having the possibility to download the image? [closed]

The situation is this one: we are a small photo company. We have a few people going out to shoot various assignments. When they return they hand me the memory cards and I download the images into the ...
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Attach camera via USB, or remove the cards from the camera? [duplicate]

I've always removed the cards from the cameras and used a high-speed good quality card reader, and find it totally strange to connect the camera via USB instead. A comment elsewhere prompted me to ...
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Does Apple Aperture provide features to support a RAW+JPEG workflow?

Can any experienced (Apple) Aperture user tell me whether Aperture has decent support for a RAW+JPEG workflow? For example, can Aperture: tag both files at the same time with a single key hit? ...
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Best way to Re-Organize my photos in Lightroom

I started using Lightroom years ago on Version 1 or 2, and back then, I told it to import my photos into a folder, and put the photos into a folder for each day (for example 2006-01-07, etc.). It ...
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When bracketing photos, how do you keep track of them during post?

When I download photos I often can't tell which bracketed shots go with which. How do I keep track of them during editing?
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Advantages of single vs multiple Aperture libraries?

I have nearly 15 years of digital photos scattered about that come close to 200GB. I bought Aperture last year, but have only now decided to tackle consolidating all these photos. I think I know how ...
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Is Lightroom-style hierarchical tagging available in any other applications?

I read this article on tagging and am in love with the idea of tiered tags as an efficient way to apply multiple, related tags. Being a cheapskate and photography amateur at best am looking for the ...
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Card cloner software for Windows

As part of my workflow I would like to clone the SD card first thing before I do anything. Does anyone know of a good external USB drive cloner for Windows 7? Mac has this functionality natively (...
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Darktable on multiple machines

What is the best way to organise a large photo library that needs to be accessed on two laptops (both my wife and I are editing pictures). Possibilities: store the library.db along with the files on ...
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Is there an quicker method (script/plugin) to export sidecar JPEG from Lightroom?

When I import RAW+JPEG in Lightroom I uncheck the option "Treat JPEG files next to raw files as separate photos" because I don't like the clutter this causes. Sometimes I do want to have a sidecar ...
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How can I automatically organize files on disk based on date or other metadata inside Lightroom?

I've been tidying up my external hard drives, which involved merging several Lightroom libraries as well as importing a bunch of stuff that I haven't properly catalogued before. Unfortunately things ...
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How to reorganize folders into dated folders for picasa

I have photos in DCIM\g343asdfj Folders that have been indexed in picasa and facetagged. Now I want to move them to photos\2013-02-23 or as required by the date taken of the picture. How do I do that ...
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How to create Lightroom 4 import customization using filename and path?

I want my photos to be stored like this YYYY/YYYY-MM-DD_Name_of_shooting/YYYY-MM-DD_Name_of_shooting_001.nef (The date is the date of shooting) Is it possible to setup LR 4 in such a way that the ...
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How to change Lightroom's folder organization

In my lightroom library I organize my photos in the following way: -> Photos -----> year.month.day.CountryCode.City.Occasion Example: -> Photos ---> 2010.11.07.NZ.Wellington.My_Birthday ---> ...