Especially for wildlife, landscape or travel photographers. I am speaking from experience.
Trust me when I tell you that if you do not follow a few simple tips at the start of your photography hobby or if you are launching into a photographic career, there will come the time, and quickly, that you will wish you had done so.
I have been my own worst nightmare when it came to organizing all my images and I knew better but somehow it just slips away from you and before you know it, there are thousands of images that have been dumped onto a hard drive without proper organization.
I am not going to tell you how you should organize them so much as I am going to stress the fact that you should. I have read every photographers suggestions over the years as to the best way to structure folders, catalogs, etc. But, the truth is, find your own comfort zone and do it.
I like to keep my life and business as simple as I can, and by doing so I have nailed it down to a handful of disciplined steps that I follow and will share them here.
So here is a list of my suggestions to get you started, feel free to add your own rule of thumb to these tips and make it work for you.
- Get a good reliable External Hard drive – (I use the Seagate Backup Plus 2TB Portable) works with both PC & Mac.
- A good editing and organizational software. (I use Adobe Lightroom Classic Version)
- A good computer with large screen – (I use Apple Imac 27” also with a lot of space)
My steps toward organizing some 90,000+ images into a sensible working method after all these years was to just create a folder called Photography on my external hard drive and move every image I had made to it. From there I opened Adobe Lightroom (the classic CC version which I will explain why in a future article) and began importing. Lightroom does and incredible job pulling all images into place and sorting by date and year (some setup of course is required). A much better approach to making sense of so many photographs made over the last thirty something years.
So, if you are a beginner or perhaps not to far into the overwhelming process of how to create a working structure for your photos then I highly suggest starting off on the right organized foot. It will certainly save you a lot of headaches and stress not to mention the hours invested.