Organizing Images

Last Update: Jul 24, 2022

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If you are like me, you have hundreds of unnamed pictures in the cloud or on a hard drive somewhere. Once in a long while, I will spend some time looking at pictures and naming them. For easy retrieval, the names I use group the pictures. I have a few groups like "family", "vacation", etc. After that general classification, I use dates and then the names of places or people for retrieval. This still means some searching, but it's a lot easier.

For example, this picture is: vacation 2014Chandosfireplace

When I begin to write a post or create a YouTube video, I organize all the images and video clips I might use into one folder. I name the folder with the date I want to publish the video or post. Within the folder, everything is named using the same system as all my other pictures.

The cover image above for this post is a folder named July 15. I had hoped to complete a post and a YouTube video on the 15th. As you can see, I changed things a bit after the 15th. However, all the images and video clips that I wanted to use were in that file folder. I just had to go to the folder and choose the picture that fit the paragraph I was writing.

This is the way I organize images that might be used in an article. I do all my searching before I begin to write. The dated folder makes it easy for me to put an image in the right place in the post and "keep on fishin."

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I think this is a good method for article writing and photos. I think it is a great method to keep things in a convenient location, especially if they are probably not going to be accessed a lot or gone back to often. I think I will probably incorporate this idea into organizing photos in the future.

I don't use this method for my "normal day" images. The images I use on a daily basis are not photos and don't work well being organized by dates. If I had to go back through dates to access my 100,000+ files every day...omg.

But for blogging and photos, it is definitely a great idea! :)

That's a great idea.
Thanks for posting.

You are very well organized with your photos, Jim. I wish I could say the same!

I have never taken the time to understand 'the cloud'. I have used Drop Box, although I'm no expert at that either.

I imagine the the cloud is a Google tool?

Thanks very much for your post, it is very helpful!

Valerie

That sounds like a great organization technique! I get better at organizing stuff for my site as I move along and realize what I wish I had. It's not perfect but it's better than it was.

Barbara

If you have them on Google Drive you should be able to just search through them as if you’re searching Google Images:

https://support.google.com/a/users/answer/9308883?hl=en

I’ve never personally done it much I remember my friend searching through her Google album just by typing what was in the photos.

I use similar organisation techniques to you though :)

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