I don't have 10 Best Tips for Photo Management, I'm asking you to tell me your 10 Best Tips for Photo Managment. Because my head is about to get all explody.
I need a consistent structure people! When I download onto my hard drive from my camera, it automatically puts everything in folders by the date (12/1, 12/2, 12/5, etc...) that the shots were taken. It is really hard to go back and find a specific photo.
On Flickr, I started setting things up by "Event." ("Easter 2009," "Disney World," "Shark Boy 2nd Grade," etc...) But I have too many random pictures that I want on Flickr, and they aren't associated with an event. So I have a growing number of things that aren't in a set or a collection - they are just "loose." How do you efficiently catagorize the miscellaneous shots? (And do you have a nomenclature for naming & tagging? Because OMG.)
While we're on Flickr, do you upload a ton of stuff there and then set the permissions so people only see certain things (which makes for a huge photo stream for the user to manage/wade through), or do you upload only "keepers"- edited and finished shots - using Flickr as a place to show your favorites, rather than also being a storage place?
AND ALSO - How do you share photo albums with friends and family? I used to use Picasa a lot and it's easy to email a whole album. On Flickr, it seems not very easy at all (the people I would send to don't have flickr accounts). Do I seriously have to load the photos in both places to send family photo albums? Do y'all do that? Cause that crap takes a ton of time!
AND ALSO AGAIN - How do you decide whether to put your name or your blog name on the photo? I often end up with 3 versions of the same shot on Flickr - the original, the edited version, and the version with my blog name on it if I'm planning to use it here. GAH. (SO many bloggers don't put names on photos that I wonder if I need to go to this trouble.)
To start 2010 I would really love a method to my photo storage and sharing, rather than simply madness. (help me!)
PS: If you've read this far I may as well as one more question right? If you do not use your kid's names on your blog, do you use them in tags and whatnot on flickr and other photo sites?