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« on: February 13, 2008, 14:37 »
I find it way much easier to copy/paste the images myself from the card, since the programs above (and the ones included with the raw camera software) often offer little flexibility when i need new folder names each time, different tree structure, etc.  Is there some advantage these options/programs offer that I am overlooking?


« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2008, 15:37 »
Depending on what you want ImageIngester http:\\www.imageingester.com can do lots of different things. 

There are two versions of the software a Pro version and a free version.  I think both will write to separate folders if you want.


« Reply #2 on: February 13, 2008, 15:47 »
My photo drive's tree structure is completely date related (except for a stock folder), which works well with the camera software as it creates a new folder for each date, which then gets filed under month and year.  I use Bridge to add a few keywords to describe what the photo is (shot class, location, model, etc..), and use the search by keyword function to find files.  Instead of trying to fit each file into a folder, I just let the keywords do that.  If I want to find Atlanta Architecture, I just put those into the search in bridge and every shot that I took at any time comes up in the search.  My stock folder is at the highest level of the structure and is exempted from the searches, since the keywording system is different for those, though I keep a normally keyworded version in the regular file tree.


« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2008, 18:15 »
It seems that it would make sense if you were to organize your folders under dates, but i don't' shoot that often (a few times a month) so my folders are organized by locations or themes, for which i have to enter full names every single instance, thus removing any advantages of automatic classification these programs offer.


« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2008, 09:25 »
I used to use a system very similar to yours, but once I was nearing and passed the 10,000 photo barrier I knew I needed something different, it was getting unwieldy and I was taking shots at a rate that would double that number in only a few months tops, I couldn't imagine trying to organize a 100,000+ photo directory using my old system, it was just far too cumbersome, and the amount of time spent classifying and hunting for shots was significant.  It really ran into problems with cross referencing, I either had to put a shot multiple places or try to remember what is where, by 10,00 photos the memory of what is where was fading fast.  I haven't fully gone through and reclassified and keyworded my old file tree, I can spend a long time hunting for a particular file in that system.
« Last Edit: February 14, 2008, 09:27 by Waldo4 »

« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2008, 01:18 »
I never saw the need but pentax like their naming system (imgp0001 etc)

so I ended up with
ist ds camera
imgp 1-about 3000 then I accidentally reset so +
imgp 1-about 5000 then firmware update reset naming so +
imgp 1-2500 then I changed to k100d
imgp 1-9999 then it resets so
imgp 1-4000 then I changed to k10d so which I have been around the block twice and am now at 23000 so assuming all were keepers I could eight files called imgp0001-2500 

wasn't a problem stored in date, but my stock shots are stored in subject and I found 3 frog shots (I like frogs :) all with the same name.

So I use Idimager now, It detects the card, creates a folder based on date under my raw file collection. It copies, verifies the copy for each image, deletes of the card, and then renames each file to date + the number part of the file.  If there is multiple dates of images it creates seperate folders and puts the images in the right spot.

Took me about 5 minutes to setup then it works perfect every time (I click continue 4-5 times) and everythings copied and verified! and renamed.  Everytime I use it (every 2-3 days) I think what an idiot I was for not using it before.



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