I have a confession to make. I have never made an attempt to sort and organize my photos until tonight. Sure, they were in folders, but there wasn’t really a method to my madness. Last night, I went to my first Models and Photographers Meetup in Provo, UT, and I realized that if was going to responsibly manage the photos that I took of the models and get them back to them in a timely manner, I was going to need to be able to sort through them, choose which ones were the best, and which ones could be thrown out. I don’t have Light Room or Aperture, so I went with what I do have, and that is Adobe Bridge CS5. It took me a couple minutes of looking around the interface to gauge my bearings (not typically a good sign for a piece of software) but after a couple minutes, I found all I needed and began to breeze through the photos, adding keywords like the models’ names, and the event. I then proceeded to rank the photos using Bridge’s 1-5 star rating system, which seems to work just fine. It will still be a while before logging my photos like this is a habit, but I’m going to do it for everyone’s sake, but mostly my own.
Now a couple questions for anyone that might read this:
What software do you use to manage your photos?
If you use Bridge, what features do you use and love?
I just set up a blog to share my photography and a bit about my thoughts and stuff I like. Check it out, follow me on Tumblr (the blog site hosting my blog—it’s pretty awesome) and let me know what you think. I’ll see you there!