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Sorting Digital Photos

Sorting Digital Photos in Mac and Windows Machines 

Digital Photography has opened up many new opportunities for photographers at all levels. One of the most significant advantages of digital images is eas of organizing and sorting them.

In the old days, pro photographers had to sort and organize their negatives and slides in archival sleeves and folders to keep them safe. However, searching and finding the right photos was a huge task.

Thanks to digital photography, we can store thousands of images in a hard drive. The new generation of hard drives is minimal in size, yet massive in storage capacity. However, if photographers do not sort the digital photos properly, it is next to impossible for them to search and find the images that they are after. In the digital era, we take tons of pictures every month. Therefore, we need to learn to sort them as fast as we capture them.

In this article, I am going to look at different options in sorting digital photos for Mac and Windows users.

Photos (iPhoto) Application in Mac

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In Mac computers, Photos application provides basic sorting and editing.

Sorting Digital Photos in Mac

Mac computers ship with Photos App, which is a photo organizing and editing application. It is a useful app as it provides a straightforward approach for editing and sorting digital images and videos.

Photos (previously known as iPhoto), automatically sort the images by date. You can also add keywords or tag the picture.

If you are a Mac user, you should use this powerful app. It provides all the essential tools for editing and sorting digital photos.

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Pros and cons of the Mac Photos App

“Photos” is a native Mac app. It works relatively fast and flawless. It is a free app and effortless to learn. However, it has a significant disadvantage. The Photos app stores all images on the internal hard drive. Therefore, the more high-resolution pictures can fill up the internal hard drive quickly. One of the items in my wishlist for Apple is the capability of storing the images on an external hard drive.

Sorting Photos in Windows

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Sorting Digital Photos in Windows

As far as I know, there is no photo sorting or editing application in a Windows machine. Windows users need to use a third-party app for these tasks. Most of these third-party applications are not free.

If you don’t want to purchase the app and want to sort your digital photos, here are some ideas for you:

Sorting by Date:

Sorting by Dates is the easiest and most common approach for sorting digital photos. You need to create a Folder for each year and then create 12 subfolders for each month inside the year folder. Therefore, you can organize pictures according to their capture time.

Sorting Images by Contents:

If you prefer to sort the images by their contents, you can consider to create folders for each category and sort the photos accordingly.

For instance, if you are a frequent traveller, you can create a folder for each trip and sort the pictures accordingly.

You can also combine these ideas to be more precise. For example, you can add travel folders to their specific years or months as well.

Lightroom is the Best Solution

Sorting Digital photos
Using Lightroom to sort and edit digital images.

What is the best alternative?

If you are like me and want an easy, yet powerful solution, Lightroom Classic can save you lots of time by sorting digital photos automatically. Lightroom Classic work pretty much the same in Mac and Windows machines. It is fast and very reliable. I just scheduled a Lightroom Classic Training Program for Winter 2019. It is a three-day workshop and covers storing, organizing and editing digital images in depth. Lightroom Classic Workshop starts on November 6th. Tickets are on sale, and only a few spots left as of today.

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