Knowing how to use your camera is one thing
Post-processing your images is another
Displaying them is yet another
But – It’s all for naught
If you can’t find the image you want
When you need it
Here’s an example of the problem
A 2TB hard drive – my main repository for
303,548 files (about 240K images, the rest sidecars, etc.)
Spread among nearly 7,000 folders
Below is just a small piece of this mess
I hope that saying I can find almost any image in a minute
Gets your attention
Over the next few weeks, off & on,
I’ll describe how it’s done
I use a program called IMatch (Windows only, sorry)
I recently bought Lightroom (LR) for comparison purposes (and other reasons, too)
If you use LR, maybe I’ll give you reasons to doubt…. 😉
One of IMatch’s (IM) strengths is its Category feature.
The typical LR alternative is Keywords (which IM also has)
or LR’s recent hierarchical keyword innovation (ditto IM)
Neither form of Keywords compares well
Here’s a Category sample (small & trivial for illustration only)
In it there are six categories as shown on the left
Each category can be divided into subcategories,
and on & on & on…..
as shown in the Flora expansion on the right
Let’s suppose I want to find a picture I took in the Smokies.
I can’t recall on which of several trips it was done
I just know it was –
A cabin in the Smokies, and
It was spring – dogwoods in bloom at the cabin
Where in nearly 250K images is it?
Click any of the following to see what’s going on….
Here is the result of choosing a Places subcategory – Smokies
Nothing special. Keywords work, too, with no problem.
How about if I wanted Smokies images but only those with the “hand of man”?
If you enter nature exhibits, “no hand of man” is a typical constraint
I use this as a subcategory of Styles
A simple Drag & Drop of the two subcategories shows us
Smokies images that contain the hand of man
Now we’re getting into an area where the Keyword approach requires multiple keywords
IM, however, allowed me to create a category formula (circled in red)
Places.Smokies AND Styles.Hand of Man
with a simple drag & drop
One more step before quitting for the day –
One image above is B&W
Suppose I just wanted color
Simple – drag & drop a 3rd subcategory, Styles.B&W
Prefixed with a NOT
However, what do we do with Keywords? Insert a negative keyword? What’s that?
A LR project for me to look at.
(Hey, Al. Are you there? Above is question #1.)
I recently used the cabin with a dogwood in bloom in web post.
One of my Flora subcategories is Tree – with a “sub-subcategory” of Flowering
To find my image in a minute involved doing what’s shown above with one additional step
Four quick drag & drops (knowing what it was that I was looking for) and Voila
Actually, when I did this for the aforementioned post,
I didn’t include the NOT Styles.B&W step
It wasn’t really needed (using only Smokies, Flora.Tree.Flowering, Styles.Hand of Man got the list to a single screen of thumbnails; I could see it)
I added it here just to show that not only can Categories be INCLUDED (via either AND & OR)
They can be excluded as well – Powerful!
Try that with keywords
A typical NOT use is when looking for nature photos
Searches ending with NOT Styles.Hand of man
find what’s needed
The small sample image data base makes the above example seem trivial.
When we’re down to 3 images –
Why exclude the lone B&W?
Why search for the one with a flowering tree?
It’s right in front of you!
Try it with several hundred thousand, over 1,000 from the Smokies alone, and it’s anything but simple – or obvious
The above is just one of numerous ways to retrieve needles in a haystack using IMatch.
The point is – all of the beautiful images in the world do no good if you can’t retrieve them.
Is this a useful topic to explore further? In combination with Lightroom?
Let me know.
These examples are from IMatch3
IMatch 5 is in preliminary beta test
The test will be public (shortly?)
Keep your eyes & ears open; it’s unbelievable
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