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Old 08-10-2006, 09:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm in desperate need of a photo database. I need to be able to "tag" my images with some number of descriptors, then filter my database to give me...say...all the images of models in red lingerie.

I understand that ACDSee can do this, but is cumbersome. I don't need/want an image editor. I don't need to be able to make collages or anything else. I want a very simple photo database.

How do you guys manage your digital library? Right now I just keep things in folders by event...but now I need to be able to filer within an event, and I'm stuck. I've looked high and low and can't seem to find anything suitable.

Got any suggestions?
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Old 08-10-2006, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Well I am now using Aperture to do most all of this, but I also have Extensis Portfolio which is the best databasing/archiving program I've used. It takes a bit to set up and get used to but the power is great. It also allows you to archive and search (with thumbnails) off-line media (say images stored on DVDs) and I will still use it for that since Aperture can't do that yet.

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Old 08-10-2006, 03:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Yep, Extensis Portfolio is the one I use. I had a little trouble at first with how to save and designate a location for the originals, but once I got that, it works great. It is fast, easy, and you add all kinds of keywords and data for searching. You will like it. As for the desperation: take two beers, watch the sunset and call in the morning.
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:12 PM   #4 (permalink)
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ok, so I've loaded the demo of Portfolio... I'm trying to go through about 1200 images from this weekend and assign keywords. When I go to the image properties window, it shows me a TINY thumbnail. I can't see what's going on in the image. And I can't find a way to have it show me anything larger, without individually opening every image and looking at the image properties. I can't do that for 1200 images. Am I missing a technique here?
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I would say give me a call, I have the manual right here. I can't figure out how to do a PM on this new and improved site. If you can figure it out, maybe I can help.
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When I bought it, I downloaded it. I called tech support and they shipped me a manual in one day. Very helpful group. They will also guide you over the phone. Still can't figure out PM's on here. Tom
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Old 08-11-2006, 04:34 PM   #7 (permalink)
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One word, Mega Data (or is that two words) that is attached to each and every digital image. You can see this in Photoshop and Bridge. It allows keywords, location, copyright, and even addresses with phone numbers.

Here is what you do to set up a copyright template. Bring up any image in Photoshop and then go to File/File info. Fill in all the info for you copyright and then at the upper right hand corner you will see a little triangle. Click on this and save you information. Give it a name like Joe Blow 2006 (if you name is Joe Blow and this is your copyright info in 2006) and thats it. You can now go to triangle on single images and attach your copyright at any time.

Have a bunch of images then in Bridge just select all the images you want copyright info attached and there in the megadate tab is your saved info. Click and in a few seconds all images are tagged. With all the images still selected you can go and attach key words, locations, and the like. Now when ever you want to find images a simple key word seach in Bridge will bring them up.
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I believe you intended to say MetaData which I still don't know if it's one or two words.

In there you can place IPTC information which I think you need to go to 4 years of University to understand how to use correctly. This information covers location of shoot, newspaper caption if needed and all sorts of other things that just get emedded in the MetaData along with your exposure settings and copyright info.
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Have you checked out Picasso. Its free from Google and has some good features along the lines you are looking for. You might also check out Adobe's Lightroom. Its in Beta right now, so you can download it for free also. I've used ACDSee quite a bit and found it okay. You can also tag and enter custom keywords to photos using Adobe Bridge which is part of Photoshop CS and CS2 (better in CS2).
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