The Best Photo Management System?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by TheSpaz, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. TheSpaz macrumors 604

    TheSpaz

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    What is the best way to manage photos? I have a friend who swears by using ONLY the Finder and preview for storing and viewing all his thousands of Photos but, I would think the Finder is a very bad way to organize your photo collection. I prefer iPhoto because it's easier to use than the Finder and it keeps things pretty well organized. Lately however, I've been reading a lot about Aperture and trying to decide whether or not it is an important upgrade to iPhoto. I already have Photoshop Elements 4 and iPhoto. Do I need Aperture?

    Tell me, what is the best solution for someone looking to keep thousands of Photos organized. I'd like to think I'm a decent photographer but, I just got started a year ago with my Canon Digital Rebel.

    PS: If you want you can check out my gallery at DeviantArt: http://just-spaztik.deviantart.com/gallery

    I'd really like to prove my friend wrong about the Finder though.
     
  2. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Aperture would probably replace iPhoto as well as Photoshop Elements, if all you are doing is some simple tweaking to your photos (light balance, sharpness etc...)

    Take a look at how Aperture has helped me organize my photos on the web at my website
     
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    There are some old threads on this.

    I own Portfolio 7, but I still end up using Finder to create folders to hold my photos. iPhoto is reasonably good and Photoshop Elements 4 and Photoshop CS 2 come with Bridge and it has ways to create collections but, as far as I know, you still have to manage the files somehow. Everything else is pretty much a view, such as the way Portfolio 7 can work across folders to create a collection.

    I don't find Finder to be an easy way to manage photos but it works well enough with Adobe's Bridge application.
     
  4. Flowbee macrumors 68030

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    What exactly would you like to be able to do that you can't currently do with iPhoto? That would help people suggest alternatives.
     

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