Organizing, Categorizing, and Cross-Referencing Photos

In This Chapter

^ Organizing photos in the Photo Well ^ Adjusting date and time of photos ^ Using the Tags pane ^ Creating tags ^ Adding and removing tags Modifying and deleting tags

J\ lbum's greatest strength, in my humble opinion, is its ability to help you organize all your digital images. Album allows you to sort and view your images in the Photo Well by a particular date or range of dates, import batch, folder locations, color similarity, media type and tags. How you sort and view your images is totally up to you, and you may find one particular method works better than others depending on what you are doing or looking for. In my opinion, one of the best organizational tools is the tagging function. Tags are like keywords that you attach to your file.

Although you can organize your files by date and use the timeline and calendar to track down files, tags kick it up a notch by adding descriptive information to help identify and later find your files quickly and efficiently. For example, say you have no idea when you took such-and-such image. After the 1,000th snapshot, dates can begin to blur. Having to scroll through a year's worth (or even a few months' worth) of images can be time consuming, especially if you have a lot of files.

Using tags also can unburden you from assigning pertinent filenames to your images or grouping them into folders by topic. You can actually get lazier while getting more organized. What a concept.

This chapter focuses on using the Photo Well and the tag categorization system to organize files. You also can organize your files by adding information to them in the form of captions, notes, and audio annotations. This additional method for keeping your digital images straight really works and isn't a whole lot of extra effort. To find more information about using captions and notes to identify, organize, and find your photos, see Chapter 6.

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