Please can anyone suggest a workable system for organising photos? What do all you photographers do?
As a result of unpacking all the boxes I have found thousands of photos (prints). This is no exaggeration. Ced was a keen photographer, as am I, and we used to have our own darkroom where we churned out literally hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of prints over the years. And don't even ask how many images are on the computer as a result of embracing the digital age! I also currently have all my mum's family photos of our childhood to scan as well. It really is a massive, but necessary task. I'll feel better for getting it done, I can enjoy the images and, by getting rid of the bulk of the prints, will clear a load of 'needed for other things' space.
I don't plan to keep the majority of prints as they never get looked at. The best/favourite photos will be framed and put on the wall but the rest I plan to scan and display via a digital photo frame and then pass the original prints on to family and friends who may want them. My problem is that I have never found a reliable system for sorting the digital images. Is it better to sort by subject matter or by date? I know there is no 'right' answer and that it really boils down to what works for me, but it would be helpful to hear what others do. I've tried to get this sorted a few times in the past but have never found a good system. Also, what do you do about backing up copies of the digital images, please?
It'll be a good job for the cold winter evenings and I plan to get started when term starts again on November 6th. Until then I'm having a break and recharging the batteries.