Required: Knowledge from a photographer

I am currently trying to figure out a way to catalog, tag and keep track of about 20,000 images I have taken thus far. While the vast majority of the shots are utter crap, I still feel the need to catalog them...

I need something that will create a database based on easily updated metatags, view, perhaps edit in minor ways, and that can show raw images, though that is ancillary. Anyone? Anything?

Here is a simple collection of just three shots. All are from Wakarusa, a music festival in these parts. As you can tell, they are very amateurish and unworthy of a single letter written home.

But for me they captured a moment in time. A moment that I spent taking pictures - instead of enjoying some kick ass music.





As you can see, I am learning. I am trying. Hard. But taking good pictures turns out to be FAR more difficult that I anticipated.

The crowd shot, for instance - I REALLY wanted to try to capture the energy of the front row....I don't think I did a very good job.

Damnit.

TL;DR: Need software to catalog pictures, edit metadata

Comments

  1. That was a great job, those 3 photos described perfectly the mood and the atmosphere of the day.

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  2. Thanks Rich - I will check it out. I've heard some people at school talking about it. Time to see what it is all about!

    Thanks, man!

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  3. Wow must of been a very amazing day! Awesome pics!

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  4. Good luck at finding someone to help with that, your photos are good though, don't worry and keep trying.

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  5. Your pictures are good! Is this at a Jazz festival or something? I have 20,000 images on my computer, too. They're all... very nice. ;) Hahaha.

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  6. I like the pictures, they are really good.
    I can´t make so nice pictures.
    great post, interesting blog. I following and went on your advertisement

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  7. The shots are amazing, keep up the good work! Look forward to seeing your work mate, hope you get a storage system sorted

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  8. Doens't adobe Bridge automatically categorise stuff? You could use that :)

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  9. that guy on the base looks like he was jammin! great post.

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  10. I can't tell anything about photographs, but I surely like you shots. (love thievery corporation ;)

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  11. Don't beat yourself up about it man, just keep pluggin away at the photo's, you'll get better its just a little practice and experience you need.

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  12. To be honest, I really don't know anything that could do that. I don't take many pictures though. And what do you mean you didn't capture the energy of the front row? I think you did a fine job of it

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  13. It's hard to back-catalogue, I usually have to force myself to catalogue pictures as i take them.

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  14. Adobe Lightroom is great for it...
    or picasa, it's simpler...

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  15. 20k images? I don't think there's a way to organize that, dude.

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  16. Thanks for the ideas - checking out both Picasa as well as darkroom.

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  17. 20,000 images? Thats crazy! Love the 3 pictures though, hoping to see more soon!

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  18. The shots are great, but I wanna know about the band. How's sounds?

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  19. 20.000 pictures? Good luck, sucks to be you :/

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  20. My girlfriend uses Picsa, not sure if that's good for you?

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  21. You're definitely right about photography being harder than one would think. I tried it thinking it would be easy...just point and click. It's definitely not as simple as that.

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  22. I feel like photography is something that will be a hobby of mine later in life, I'm pretty excited for it!

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  23. looking good man, and lol yea 20 k images holy fkk

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  24. If Adobe lightroom costs and you don't feel like paying, I'd go with picasa. I love picasa and its pretty powerful on the organizational side.

    +1

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  25. I like how you captured the essence of skankiness emitting from the front row,...just kidding man! These are good pics.

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  26. Nice variety in these pics, keep up the good work

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  27. i think lightroom is the choice for most professionals. :)

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  28. I like the pics, don't be too hard on yourself. :)
    But maybe it's better, so you stay motivated to push your skills farther.

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  29. it must be fun doing this kind of thing...if you dont mind me asking, how much do you enjoy it?

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  30. I like your pictures. The front row picture is very nice, I don't know why you don't believe so lol. The lighting in it is almost perfect.

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  31. Maybe just rename them to important stuff like place, year and some keywords and use the search thinguie :D

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  32. I've been using lightroom, and maybe it's just because I haven't been importing all of my photos into its library or using it as much, but it doesn't seem to work for me in the way you are looking..

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  33. nice pics man, way to capture the moment! keep up the good work

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  34. Sorry for not being able to help you, I don't take so many photos so I just use a folder for each group of pics. Nice pics btw ;-)

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  35. i like the pic with the tits... i mean chicks.

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  36. I like the second pic ;) Very nice hahah

    sevenfoldsin.blogspot.com

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  37. These shots are pretty good actually.

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  38. you could try google haha. But surely there are a few photography forums on the net that can help you out, have a look!

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  39. if the front row always look that energy-pumped up, then the concert sucked like hell ^^ i only see 2 ppl making pardy out of 100 ?!

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  40. Adobe bridge is your best bet, there's other freeware apps that are like bridge you could use too, so that if you don't want to blow all that money on an adobe's overpriced products.

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  41. i bet there is something, there are many photographers who need something like that

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  42. Found any luck with that yet?

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  43. adobe lightroom is good enough, you can find it in taringa[dot]com :]

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  44. Just build a gallery in PHP. Then you'd be able to upload and access your images from anywhere. storing some metadata can easily be done in mysql and you'd be able to sort the pictures from anything between file size and your particulary mood. Or something.

    I just put my pictures in folders and name them after the date i transfered them on

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  45. I don't think that you did a bad job, I just think that first row wasn't so energetic :)

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  46. Picasa is a decent free solution for picture storage and organization. I know some other people have mentioned Adobe Lightroom, and that is what many professional photographers use.

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  47. You probably snapped a photo at an odd lighting effect in the show. It happens when my buds take pics of me DJing. They will take a pic of right between a light goes on and off, and it looks dull.

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  48. Thats a lot of pictures to catalog.. Haven't tried anything like that myself I'm afraid :/
    Keep on working hard!

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  49. You're doing a great job. Keep it up and keep sharing!

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  50. Lol, that's all I feel like when I take pictures at concerts.

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  51. Those are some great pics man :>

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  52. Can't really help with the catologuing, but those are some pretty good shots!

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