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What do you use for cataloging and storing your images?

Postby SteveB » Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:23 pm

So, what do you guys use to catalog and store your images? I noticed that Adobe just went into public beta with a new program specifically aimed at photogs for cataloging and presenting image libraries, but darned if I can remember the name of it. It's only out for Mac right now, but PC soon.

So, what do you use? :)



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Postby nazdarovye » Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:22 pm

Adobe's new software (actually from Macromedia Labs) is called Lightroom:

http://labs.macromedia.com/technologies/lightroom/

Apple has new software called Aperture:

http://www.apple.com/aperture/

I use iPhoto for loading and cataloging, with Photoshop for all of my image editing, but then I'm just using a medium-res digital point and shoot for most of my shots these days. (I have lots of slides shot with my Nikon, scans of which I work on in Photoshop, but I just have those scans in directories on my hard drive, rather than cataloging anything.)

What do you use?

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Postby Buck Forester » Thu Jan 12, 2006 6:36 pm

I use my closet. If you want me to find a specific slide, give me 4 months notice.
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Postby SteveB » Thu Jan 12, 2006 11:42 pm

Lightroom! Thank you! I've been wracking my brain trying to remember the name!

Well, I use a very complex system for organizing my photos. For those that are already scanned, I use a loosely named directory structure spread across four or five drives, in different locations. For those that haven't been scanned, I keep the slides in various places, on various shelves, and in various boxes. :)

God, I suck... :( I really need to get this crap organized!! :mad: Well, it's gonna be a crappy, rainy weekend, so maybe I'll just get up early Saturday and crank on the ol' scans! :)
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Postby Hikin Mike » Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:03 am

So far I just back-up my stuff on CDs.
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Postby Snow Nymph » Thu Feb 09, 2006 1:47 pm

Mine are backed up on DVDs, and the recent ones are on the hard drive. (we get a little behind sometimes) And we back up the hard drive to a USB drive daily.
Expose yourself to your deepest fear; after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free . . . . Jim Morrison


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Postby SteveB » Sun Feb 12, 2006 8:01 pm

Well, I picked up a copy of Adobe Album... Definately not what I'm looking for, and definately NOT for photogs. After trying numerous freebies, I think it's come down to writing my own. :(

If you could design your own image cataloguer (of sorts), what features would you want it to have (short of duplicating Photoshop features)?
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