Six Select

I dug through my folders while house bound and came up with these six plant photographs I would like to show.

In case anyone finds this useful. My filing system for my over 100,000 images starts with folders named by location (USA, World, People, etc.) with sub folders by year. Inside the year folders are dated folders: YYYMMDD and subject. Inside those folders are folders called RAW, TIF, JPG, PSD – as needed. This folder structure works well in Lightroom as I can select by type of file easily. I use file names starting with YYYMMDD subject, and number. I also find files easily searching the added meta data of location and details on the subject. Using the date first in a file name means that files will will sort chronologically  in any computer system or app.


16 thoughts on “Six Select

  1. stbarbebaker 2019-01-21 / 4:52 pm

    Great system, and wonderful florals to see in the middle of our winter here


  2. Junieper/Jesh stG 2019-01-10 / 4:37 pm

    It didn’t come out in your doors as much, but your flowers here are amazing, Sherry! A belated happy New Year to you. That it may be a wonderful year with many unexpected pleasant surprises for you:)


  3. Jet Eliot 2019-01-08 / 8:38 pm

    Organizing digital photos is so very important, and a mystery to many, so it’s great you shared your system. And the photos are so beautiful, my friend. Each photo sharing the beauty and delicate nature of these flowers. My favorite is the pussy willow, I think it’s superb.


  4. Steve Schwartzman 2019-01-08 / 6:58 am

    When I started accumulating digital photographs a couple of decades ago I initially sorted them by subject. That began to get cumbersome because a given picture could fit into more than one category. After a while I switched to a system with one top-level folder per year. Inside those I have one folder for each date and place. Finally inside those I sort by description. Most photographers I know use Lightroom, and if I had it to do over I probably would also, but at this stage it would be too tedious to go back and catalog hundreds of thousands of photographs in Lightroom.


    • Sherry Felix 2019-01-08 / 7:12 am

      If the photographs are cataloged in folders as you describe on your hard drive when you import them into Lightroom they will have the same folder structure. The creation of a catalog based on files on the hard drive is easy to make in Lightroom. Tech support can walk you through it. Thousands will take a time to import. Anything in the file’s metadata will import also. It’s all automatic. I recommend you do it. BTW the screenshot above is a few folders in Lightroom and on my hard drive.


        • Sherry Felix 2019-01-08 / 8:24 am

          Not at all difficult, you just need to wait while Lightroom does the work. FYI, I teach how to use Lightroom. There are loads of tutorials out there. Google how to import folders into the Lightroom.


  5. Jane Lurie 2019-01-07 / 12:53 pm

    Gorgeous close-ups, Sherry. Interesting file system. LR is a wonderful organizational tool. Happy New Year!


  6. Photography Journal Blog 2019-01-07 / 2:52 am

    Lovely photos. I’m a bit of a geek, so I always find it interesting how other people like to handle their files.


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