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So the other day I talked about that it is time to get my images and business in general well organized. Today we are going to look at how we are going to do this. I currently have random bits of organization here and there throughout harddrives, but I want to bring all of this together into one cohesive piece that I can use for years to come.

We will be using Lightroom 4 and the catalogue system that Adobe has put into the software to help us do this. The same methods and ideals can be used with any other piece of software (i.e. Adobe Bridge) too.

Keywords: First let’s establish some things about this whole thing, I use keywords, yes I know that Google and other such search engines no longer look at metadata keywords anymore, but I use them to help me find older images easier. So for me I will use keywords for find my images to help me organize them. If you go on and look at my images on my website you will see that some of them have a large pool of keywords, this comes from the time before I knew about SEO.

Previous Folders: For the small amount of images that I have that do not have keyword pools to search for, I will be looking at the folders that I have put them in. This will be a hit or miss system though.

Just Looking: The last part of this will be simple, just looking at the images. This is the slowest method of looking at your images, and I recommend adding keywords to those images.

Add Keywords: Because sense 2009 search engines such as Google stopped looking at keywords for searches, you don’t need a large pool. Just words that will help you find the images later if need be (i.e. genre of image, models’ names, other such people that helped with the production, client’s name, etc.)

A search area for Lightroom 4.

A search area for Lightroom 4.