I have recently bought bundled PSE 10 and Prem Elements 10 ... (but have been using PSE6 for years)
I have lots of jpeg photos on an external drive in folders with a heirarchical structure eg. Pictures ... Friends ... 2011 ... 2011_12_02_Margate_seagulls.jpg I also have loads of photos that are simply there waiting to be sorted and are in their native format e.g PIC_6120.jpg Additionally I have .MOV files dumped from my JVC standard def camera some of which are custom named, others are left as is. I now own a hi-def lumix which takes great jpgs and also video MTS files. After lots of searching on the net for the best way to get all this organised I am at a standstill. I feel that I need an external folder system (ie one that does not rely 100% on adobe and its categotries and tags) because I have had catastropic losses when using earlier photoshop progs. I also see the benefit of using tags. So...
Is there a simple (and best) way to order my photos and hi-def video while taking into account content I already have shot/videod? I am happy to hear reasons and see examples why I should trust PSE/Prem E - but I would also like to see if it makes sense to use folders. Ideally i would love a practical folder structuring method that incorporates both video and still content. I have posted here because it is important I organise my video better and have a flexible system that allows for drafts and reworking my Hi-def content.
I have tried to find the info but it is so piecemeal and I have faith in the people on here ... Any links and advice would be much appreciated
In generic terms there are three methods of filing just about anything:
Personally I let the application store things according to the defaults for the different import types but then tag them. Essentially I follow the 'unstructured' style. For anything major I create a project directory and move all the project assets into it (i.e. selective structure by event).
If you search the Tips & Tricks forum I think Bill Hunt (who does this stuff for a living) describes his structured folder flow in great detail.
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That's just the info I needed. I will look to see if I can add my photoshop folders into some structure too - here's a link to Bill's set up:
If anyone wants to add anything further feel free
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