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Organizing photo libraries

Filed under: Life,Pictures — Thomas @ 12:51


The weather's picking up so it's time for spring cleaning around the house. When I moved back to Barcelona three years ago I took with me my old analogue photos and negatives, with the idea of sorting through them at some point and getting them digitized. And while I'm at it, maybe it's time to pull all my various folders of photos together too and organize them.

Well, I finally started. I grouped the negatives, labeled them by year, put them in individual envelopes, and handed them off to a professional lab to scan them after doing a quick test run on one set (which turned out great, but it's *really* annoying me that they scan to JPEG by default, charge 40% extra for TIFF, and use a non-multiple-of-8 resolution to scan at which means I can't losslessly rotate the negatives. Yes, I'm anal.)

So now I pulled together all my various folders of photos, and before I start doing tagging and stuff like that, I want to organize them in a decent folder layout. Googling for ideas pretty much suggests that the way to go is


with possibly some description together with the DD

I'm not really happy about that, however, because there are certain things I'd like to be able to do:

  • easily see where photos come from - did I make them ? did I get them from someone ? Did I download them from Facebook ?
  • Are these original files from a camera without editing ?
  • Are these the original scans ? From negatives ? From actual photos ? Or are they retouched, rotated, denoised, ...
  • Are these photos SFW ? Can I point my media center slideshow to this directory and have it safely show any photos under it ? (What do you mean, you've never snowboarded at night in only your underwear, and mooning the photographer ?) Or maybe not even SFW, but simply watchable and reasonable quality or subject material?

I realize some of these issues can not be resolved simply with a directory layout. But I'm sure some of you must have had similar issues or come up with a slightly better layout ?

Point me in the right direction please.

Time for a photo update

Filed under: Life,Pictures — Thomas @ 13:40


Finally managed to get all my pictures transfered, sorted and uploaded. So time for a quick runthrough for those that like to watch.

Here's where you can play "Spot The Computer Geek".
This is how Australians eat a cookie with their coffee. And this is what we make for you if you come over for tortilla wraps.

Here's some pictures of our office, before there was furniture.

Whenever we can we have a great barbeque on the terrace. Here's one for our friend Lotte returning for a short visit, and here's one with people from work.

Last week we went out to a tango festival. Only, the tent where there was supposed to be tango dancing was empty, and they weren't really playing tango music either. So we went out instead. Here's Barcelona's coast line by night. And this is how you're supposed to get rid of furniture.