If you have a lot of photos stored on your computer you will need to organize them so that you can find them easily. To set up a system to organize them will take a little time then each time you load more photos on the computer it will be easy to put them in the correct folder. Of course you will want to back the photos up on CD’s frequently just in case you have computer problems.
To organize the photos you will want to determine what type of photos you have the most of. If they are mostly family, you will want o make a folder for each member of the family that you have photos of. If you save the photos by descriptions it won’t be that hard to do. I save my photos with descriptions as file names. Since I work with a lot of historical photos I describe the photos with keywords and dates. So my file name may be “name- date- names of people-other information .jpg”. Granted it’s not a user friendly name and doesn’t look pretty, but when I see the photo, I have all the information saved as a file name. I don’t have to wonder what the photo is of or when it was taken, it’s all right there. If I send someone the photo file, it’s easy for them to determine what the photo is of. It’s also has the key words already done if I go to upload the photo to a website.
Making different folders will help you organize the photos and you will be able to find them quicker. Have one main folder such as Family, and then add subfolders inside the main folder with such as John and Suzie Wedding and one for John, one for Suzie and so on. This way you know exactly where the folders are. Subfolders will organize the photos so that you can always know where the photo is at.
I print out a list of all the photos in the folders in a text file I use a DOS command, which works great to keep things organized. If you know DOS Commands, the command prompt that you want to use is dir /b >list.txt this will list all the names of the photo files without showing the photos. But if you have many photos you will want to list them in a main list to keep them organized. You can buy software that will do the same thing, list the file names only of .jpeg photos. If you try to print a folder of photos, it will print the pictures too, not just the file names. But for me DOS works great giving me what I need. I have a list of all photos on my computer, as well as the CD’s that I have burnt I have a text file with all the file names so I can quickly find an image if I needed it.