Did any of you ever consider using the free space in the image IPTC core data? Next to EXIF data a lot more info can be stored IN
the image instead of the file name!
Imagine the possibilities....
How will you find that amazing touchdown shot you took 1,5 years ago...
Or, where is that bloody sunset shot taken in Amsterdam taken in 2005...
You could save a lot of time searching by applying keywords to each picture that are stored in the IPTC core.
Not only can you assign standard keyword like airport, country, airline, type etc., but also you can assign keywords like sunset, close up, front shot, side shot, special colours etc….You can assign as many keywords as you can possibly imagine.
this is a screenshot of Adobe Bridge and some possible keyword sets
Now again imagine in a year from now you are looking for that image taken at AMS
, showing the hybrid livery of Great Wall Airlines in a 3/4 front close up...Simple!! Just use any software that can read IPTC core data and do an advance search for the keywords AMS
, Hybrid, Great Wall, close up.....after just a few seconds you will find the picture.....
I use embedded keywords for quite some time now and it save me so much time when browsing the archives. I can recommend it to everybody who is serious about data and file management.
For me following works:
I rename my files as follows
x=is a continuing number
Then I assign all keywords I think are necessary to find the picture at any time. The large PSD files (containing layers etc.) I convert to small 1050x700 PSD files. These small PSD files I copy to my database directory. The large files I copy to 2 external hard disks and DVD's.
When I need a certain image (photo sales or whatsoever) I search thousands of small PSD files in the database. Once I found the file I need, the file name is known and the large image can be easily grabbed from the external HDD.
Maybe this method is helpful for you guys as well. It saved me a lot of grey hairs for sure
I think the main motto should be: Let your computer do the work for you, not you doing the work for your computer!
[Edited 2006-11-21 21:58:35]