Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:44 PM
Ah, a fellow traveler. My mind seems like mush and I often forget why I am walking across the house. Here are some thoughts.
1. Do NOT use any Apple product to organize or store your photos. For some reason Apple programmers like to make you think you have the actual file stored on your local computer where you assU&me that it is safe. You then delete what you think is a copy or shortcut to the file only to find out that they then ASSu&me that you wanted to delete not only what you thought was a copy but the original and ALL traces that the file ever existed.
2. Pick a Windows based program like Picasa (Google), Windows Live Photo (Microsoft) or some Adobe product and use that exclusively to manage your photos. When you take a photo put it in whatever directory they have created.
3. Buy an extra hard drive, external or internal, that is at least 500GB and COPY your original photos to that and never touch the originals again unless you messed up the copy and need a new copy of the original to work on. Sign up for online backup and/or storage and store the copies you've modified to that.
4. Sorry, I'm drifting off. What are we discussing?
Or find a 10 year old and pay them to manage your photos. Just be sure to put black bars on all those photos you thought were a great idea at the time before you let them go to work.
5. Did you say something about a scanner? If you did check out Costco's Photo Dept. or your local drug store. A lot of places offer photo scanning services so you can pay them to put your photos and slides onto disc and then store them on the above mentioned computers. You could also back up your files to DVD and put them in a safe deposit box where they will be safe as long as you can remember which bank the box is in.
After you've got all the photos in one place and organized you could pay the now 20 year old to turn them into a slide show that you can watch from you bed in the assisted living facility. (I joke because I'm not as far away from that as I think.)
If I can remember where this post is I'll come back and let you know what I come up with to solve my similar problem. I think I've finally got all my photos on one computer and am planning to either have Costco scan my slides and negatives or buy a scanner and do it myself in the near future. I'm going to start working on weeding out the close duplicates and orgainizing them into albums for my kids and their grandparents.