If your criterion for organizing pictures is
events and you have a baby, you will soon discover that your folder structure doesn’t support baby pictures well. If I want to use “events” as the criterion, then all my baby pictures folders would read something like
06_06_17-park . I would have hundreds of folders like that in the first year for my daughter. This doesn’t really make much sense and would create lots of problems when trying to look for specific pictures.
When you want to organize baby photos, you do it the same way as organizing any other digital photo…with one small difference: quantity. When children are born we tend to take lots and lots more pictures every single day. In addition, their changes are visible week to week. For babies, change is the main event in their first few years of life.
Baby photos need more organization
My baby daughter was changing very, very, very quickly…so I was taking lots pictures every day for at least the first six months. So, I quickly realized that I would have to go one level deeper in my folder structure. It seemed very natural that I would add an extra layer of folders for each month. So, my folders look like the example below. You can easily notice that I have added an extra layer of folders for each month. I believe the easiest thing you can do is to add another sub-for each month as illustrated below. This way it will be a lot easier to locate your pictures later.
Assuming that you’re relying on folders alone for your organization…what can you do to help your folder structure cope with a new flood of pictures? This article will give you some help in that direction.
»My Pictures » Child's_name »2006 »2006-07-first-weeks »2006-07-14-birth »2006-07-15-hospital »2006-07-16-going-home »2006-07-17-at-home »2006-07-18-sleeping »2006-08-one-month »2006-08-14-one-month-birthday »2006-08-15-park-day »2006-09-two-months »2006-09-14-two-months-today »2007 »2007-01-five-months »2007-01-14-five-months-today »2007-01-18-cold-outside »2007-02-six-months »2007-01-14-studio-pictures »Videos »2006 »2007
How about baby videos?
Another thing that you will do for sure is to take lots of videos. Personally, I was taking a lot more photos than videos. I tried separating the videos from the photos but then they would be harder to find and that didn’t make sense since the videos were related to the photos. Thus, I changed my direction and decided to place both photos and videos from the same event in the same folder. Makes a lot more sense.
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I recommend using Adobe Lightroom Classic CC via the annual Adobe Creative Cloud subscription. Lightroom has excellent photo editing capabilities. Yes, Lightroom has a steeper learning curve as you have to learn to keep your catalogs in sync with your hard drive. However, Adobe Lightroom makes most sense especially when you do lots of image editing.
If you don't like the subscription, you can get also download the last standalone Adobe Lightroom 6 for Mac or Windows (while it is still available). However, the product is no longer maintained by Adobe.
Excellent Lightroom and Picasa alternative. If you're looking for a cheaper and simpler photo manager then ACDSee Photo Studio for Mac or ACDSee Pro for Windows is my preferred solution for organizing your media on your computer. It has a very fast browser, beautiful image editing capabilities and you don't work with catalogs at all.
In addition, make sure you have an inexpensive and reliable external hard drive for backing everything up. It is absolutely essential for backing up your media regularly.
If you're looking for a reliable unlimited cloud backup service, I recommend Backblaze Cloud Backup. I have used Backblaze for my online backup for more than 3 years now. All my files are safe and secure and I have never had any problems with them.