What is the best way to organize my photo collection?

Tilman February 1, 2011

What’s the best way to organize my photo collection?

What I have:

– about 100.000 photos
– currently organized into about 1000 folders
– in total about 300 GB.

What I want:

– the possibility to tag pictures
– something better than Picasa
– something that professionals use

Any recommendations? Thanks in advance :)

  1. Aibek
    February 13, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hey Tilman,

    So did you find the photo manager that would meet your needs? Let us know.


    • Tilman
      March 10, 2011 at 5:09 pm

      Hi, unfortunately I still haven't found the time to actually go through all the wonderful links I have received here, so that's why I haven't replied anything yet. I am so thankful for the help I got here, so I've been planning to *really* take the time and to go through all the links one by one to respect the effort of the kind people here :) The result: I still haven't found the time :( But I will definitely let you all know once I have advanced my huge project of organizing my photo collection! Stay tuned :) And in case you still have any other ideas, keep them coming! P.S. I love MUO and I wish I'd have more time to use this wonderful resource... <3

      • Aibek
        March 10, 2011 at 5:58 pm

        thanks for the kind words! :-)

  2. Anonymous
    February 3, 2011 at 5:50 pm

    The best one is the one you feel more comfoartable with so you have to try. Shareware are expensive and offers best features and client support.

    There is a tutorial on hp site

    for tags

    ThumbsPlus is a commercial Photo Organizer and Editor. It supports Image comparison, filters, color management, borders and many more.


    Zoner Photo Studio Free

    Corel Paint Shop Photo Album

    you can try an online tool to edit and then download to pc

  3. Oron Joffe
    February 2, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Given the size of your collection, you may want to spend some money and get a package such as ThumbsPlus (from http://www.cerious.com), ACDSee Pro etc. Whatever you do, spend some time evaluating the package before you commit yourself to it. If you end up unhappy with it, you could find yourself re-entering an awful lot of data!

    February 2, 2011 at 12:44 am

    Adobe products provide what you are looking for...even though it can be pricey. Here is a link:


    From what you are saying, your pictures are already organized in folders and as long as they have a descriptive tag there should not be a problem. With the amount of pictures you have you might have to use batch to organized them all...

    Quick tutorial for tagging:

    Here is an example how to batch rename files:


  5. Mike
    February 2, 2011 at 12:44 am

    I think software like Picasa, iPhoto and others are the kind of tools most professionals use. The only exception being hardcore Mac users who probably use Apple Aperture.

    The only other tool I know is Expression Media (former iView Media & Microsoft Expression Media)

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