Searching my files for a photo.

Discussion in 'Digital Darkroom' started by Sanford, May 31, 2021.

  1. When I see a new theme posted and don't have anything current to submit I search my files. Somebody suggested "X" for a subject. Searching my files for "X" presented ever photo I have, not just "X". Same thing happened when I searched for "window". What is this old Mac thinking?
    Last edited: May 31, 2021
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  2. ... or old Man thinking ;)
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  3. "X" defied my searching also but this is a problem I have daily. No matter what keywords I assign there is another I should have used, so with every new theme I add another keyword but unless it comes around again it's wasted. I have to keep relying on my rapid failing memory but hopefully these searches are helping to postpone the inevitable:confused:
  4. Assigning keywords ain’t trivial, that’s for sure.
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  5. A "Finder" search in a Mac will look at file names and directories, not key words or metadata. Lightroom has limited ability to search for metadata and key words.

    I set up directories with a title containing a reverse date code for alpha-numeric sorting, and a brief description of the topic(s) in that folder.

    For example: "D210531 PNET Searches". I won't care if the code duplicates in 2121, and I doubt anyone else will either.
  6. I've been archiving on Flickr since 2007. I can search by date, key word or any word in the description. I keep the original file number as a Tag (key word). I can even search by color. Anyway, Out of 30,000+ images, I can usually get back to the original RAW file or JPEG in under five-minutes. Once I have the original file number from Flickr, Window File Search will get to the file in seconds, all on a 16-TB HD.
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  7. If a cloud photo storage service goes out of business or changes their rules, you may have only days or weeks to recover your images. Storage is cheap, keep your images at your elbow. If you need remote access, save only copies on the web, or get a NAS drive.
  8. We've veered off topic, but I half agree. I would never store images only on the web, but I would also never store them only locally, NAS or no NAS. To be safe, one backup copy should always be off-site.

    Pre-web, people went to huge expense to make sure they had off-site backups. Decades ago, before the web, I visited the main computing facility of National Computer Systems in Iowa City, which was one of the world's largest test-scoing companies. They were responsible for storing the test data of millions of students in thousands of school districts. Their mirror was in Chicago. They had a duplicate of everything there, and they had a dedicated line to move everything from Iowa City to Chicago.

    Years ago, I remember describing my work backup to a computer science faculty member. Her first comment was: "One copy has to be off-site."

    My system for photos is simple: I have primary storage and one mirror on local drives and a third copy in a a cloud backup.
  9. Years ago, I remember describing my work backup to a computer science faculty member. Her first comment was: "One copy has to be off-site."

    I would submit that 'off-site' isn't quite enough. Those affected by the floods in New Orleans and Houston would probably agree. Here is where the cloud is useful.
  10. I've got 6000+ right here P/N. Those will outlive me.
  11. Funny how we assume we need more storage when what we may need are fewer pictures. :)
  12. Speaking of which, I gotta get outdoors right now and add some more!
  13. Go for it. But do not leave the house until you've decided how you're going to label them!
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  14. Items that are not labeled do not exist (sayeth Wittgenstein)
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  15. I wonder if the KGB has copies of my photo files? Just in case.
  16. Good old PN. The KGB was dissolved in 1991. Reference update required. :)
  17. Vincent Peri

    Vincent Peri Metairie, LA

    I found this in the Wikipedia article on the KGB:

    "The KGB's main successors are the FSB (Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation) and the SVR (Foreign Intelligence Service)."
  18. Indeed. The FSB is in the newspapers often. Putin was briefly director of the FSB years ago.
  19. He was a KGB officer in East Berlin and the day the USSR dissolved was the worst day of his life according to him.
  20. This is theme drift in the extreme.

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