Today's project is a doozy.
Being married to a geek has its privileges. One of them is that our home computer network is every bit as professional as most business networks. We have an obscene number of computers in this house (3 desktops, one laptop, plus BJ's laptop and assorted portable devices - iPads, etc.). The largest computer backs up to Carbonite. The lesser computers do not.
Back in the good old days, before Cloud Computing, we had a harddrive failure. If it hadn't been for the fact that I had uploaded all of our pictures to Shutterfly, we would have lost everything from Mary Grace's first year. So I take digital photo management pretty seriously.
When I plug my camera or my phone into my computer, the pictures are saved by the date of the upload (which I hate) onto my computer, and backed up to my Picasa Web Albums with the same file structure (hate) so that I can use them her on the blog, etc.
Today's project is to wrestle them all into a sensible file structure (January 2011, February 2011, etc. with subfolders of major events - vacations, holidays, etc. within those folders) and copy them onto the main computer so that they'll be backed up into Carbonite, and, like Han Solo, preserved for all eternity, or until Princess Leia shows up.
This is not a small project. I have 5 gigs of pictures on my laptop.
As soon as my iPad (to which I'm also copying my photos, as an experiment, because I've never used it for that before) is finished syncing, I'm going to plug in a real mouse (because doing this project on a touch pad will drive me insane) and have at it. I expect it to take at least a week. Like matching socks, I know I'll be really glad I did it once it's done, but I'm dreading the investment of time it'll take.
How do you manage your digital pictures? What kind of back up are you using? (You are using a back up, of course, right? Hard drive recovery costs thousands of dollars, and isn't always possible!) What iPad and iPhone apps do you use to help you? Is there a software that will batch remove red-eye from all my pictures? Oh my goodness, there's a lot of red eye. If I were really committed I'd edit the photos as I copy them over, but that would take months. I'll just do it as I use them. Do you keep every photo, or only the good ones?
Help me Internet, and maybe I won't have to do this again in another year!