I recently bought Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 as I need to organize the photos I've taken over the years. I have over 70k photos that I've taken digitally since 2001, and they take up almost 500gb.
I imported my pictures from the file server pictures share, and it took about 3 hours, then I spent a couple of hours cleaning up my many (failed) efforts at tagging the pictures over the years. At this point, I realized that I really should come up with a tagging scheme that I was going to stick with.
My photos are broken down into a couple of broad categories:
Art - Photos I've taken as art pieces
Reference - Photos I've taken as reference (or stock).
Family - Family pics. The vast majority are these pics.
Friends - Pictures of friends
Church - Pictures taken at church events
Travel - Pictures taken on my various travels
I realize that some of those are less 'categories', and more a description of the subjects of the pictures. And so my new task: Figure out how to tag them in such a way that I can do searches on the database efficiently.
Anyone have a good strategy for tagging pics?