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    Too many photos?!

    I'm in the process of reorganizing how I store my photos (raw vs jpg). Thankfully I can use Lightroom to move the photos around in bulk. But I just realized I am almost up to 100,000 photos, taking up 1,000 GB on my hard drive! I think it's time to do some serious culling!
    What about you?
    Any tips on how to keep your photo library under control?
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    Photo library? You mean we are meant to sort the photos too ;-)
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    Well, my "library" system is very simple - one folder by month. But it is something.
    I don't believe for one minute that you don't have some sort of system, too, Miss Carol!!
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    I have no system.... ok so my system is a folder per event or time or whatever takes my fancy. I take too many photos. period. But thats who I am and i am not fighting it.
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    Starting in 2014, I utilized Cathy Z's great tip of saving images by week. My iPhoto does that automatically now, and then I export them to my hard drive and cull those images in LR (culling meaning delete from hd). The iPhoto version still has them all so yes I have duplicates but as long as I can afford memory, I'm ok with that. I also tend to delete temporary images at the end of the year (screen shots of books, weather, a map detail or pics taken in stores of things I might by etc) iPhoto does get a bit of cleaning out also. All trips are now exported from iPhoto to the hard drive by Trip and then city and/orday. Otherwise, all my images in iPhoto and copied to my hd are organized by year, starting in 2000.

    Then there are the scans...they are not terribly organized but most of them have an identifiable name and the folder is sorted alphabetically. The images from the beginning of time til 2000 (about our entry into digital) are boxes of work for someday. I got as far as sorting by general decade but somehow that has never continued into the winter project I had hoped it would be.

    1T's worth of images??? that is a lot.
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    Personally, I never delete photographs. Even the blurry ones come in handy sometimes. I'd copy the ones I like to a new drive and then store the old set in a safe location. I also save PSD files always. If I were going to delete, I'd delete the JPG because you can always recreate them and your JPGs will be stored at the Photo Printing Site. I'm the same way with photo edits, I always save the original and then recreate the edits if I have to. I figure that software is always improving and maybe the edits will be better in the future.

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    Ah, the iPhone! I have NO system for organizing those photos! They keep auto-synching to some folder on my computer but usually they are rubbish so I delete them!
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    I organize by year, month, day. But, I'm with you... there are so many that aren't worth keeping but a huge pain to go through!


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    I organise mine by year/month but mine are in serious need of going through and deleting the rubbish ones - and there are load of them! I'm getting better at getting rid of the rubbish ones when I download from my camera, it's just previous years that are still a work in progress!
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    I import into LR by year> month

    My hard drive is almost full, and hey are all backed up on my EHD, but I need to clear them off to make room on my hard drive.
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    Add me - I also download from camera to folders by year and month. But often that is as far as the organization goes! This project is on my list for the fall when "empty nest" has me down!!!
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    I do the simplest process possible - year/month and sometimes within the month create a folder for specific event, etc - especially if there are a a ton of photos for an event. While the kids were here I did 500 shots of the girls in their sundresses - and I'm sure I'll never be able to part with one - even if it is just a foot or toe as they ran past!! I do have double backup on 2 EHDs.

    Did someone say they had too many photos? Is that possible?
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    well... I first upload to LR, I delete obvious rubbish. I hand pick my POTD, and I also save any absolute crackers in a monthly folder in my documents {out and away from LR} ... but, I keep all the others on LR even tho I have almost exact copies etc etc.... I really need to cull my lr library .... its just SUCH a big task I start and fail often...
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