So I have been putting off organizing my photo collection for about 4 years. I have lots of photos and keep importing them into my setup of Picasa 3 Desktop on a Windows machine at home which I moved to from iPhoto a year ago.
I need to clean it up and plan to get that started this summer.
Here is the plan I have:
- I had such a mess of imports that I manually reorganized into folders by month (2012-09 , etc) within Picasa 3 desktop.
- backup (of course) the folders
- prune all of the empty folders left behind from the cleanup
- Use Picasa's tool to find duplicates, hopefully this is easy, if not I'll do that later with
www.linux.com/ learn/ tutorials/ 774031-how-to-sort-and-remove-duplicate-photos-in-linux
Then I will move the photos to my Linux partition:
- digiKam seems like the best option for library management, face recogniton and a mature application
- darktable looks really nice for raw import and image manipulation but doesn't seem strong from a library management point of view
- My main computing environment really is Linux and has been for decades, I trust it more and all of my productivity tools work best here.
- Setup sync to Google Photos and Flickr. I'm not decided where I want my online backups and currently use a combination of this for "backup" (I do have physical drive backups in multiple locations). I currently use a hacked setup of Dropbox autosync from multiple mobile devices which I import every week or so into Picasa to get them into the main library (then wipe from Dropbox, rinse-repeat)