BlackDoll (black_doll) wrote in thequestionclub,

Photo organizing PROBLEM

Ok so I am an avid photographer. I've entered a few contests and got honorable mentions. It's just a hobby but I'd like to start entering more contests and generally doing "more" with my photography.

I have about 25,456 photo albums (not really, but you get the idea). I have TOO many. I need to have a better system.

I want to sort of cull all my "better" photos into one group of albums. I've started going back through my albums and marking the ones I think are the best. It's daunting.

But, I also don't want to discard or "loose" the other pictures. For instance, I just got back from a trip and have 110 photos I am getting prints of. Out of those, maybe 7 I'd want to save for my "best of" collection. But the others are important for memories and just chronicalling the trip.

I do have the photos online BUT I prefer tangible albums. Ideas?

What should I do with the pictures I want to "highlight" and set aside for easy reference for entering future contests, etc.? I was thinking of just using 3 ring-binders, that way I can add/remove pages and keep negative/photo info for each picture when I want to go get copies/enlargements...but that's kind of ugly, and "sterile".

But then what to do with the other pictures, that family and friends would want to see on occasion but aren't worthy of my "special" collection?

AND if I do that, then I am doubling my amount of albums (one for the good stuff, one for the others). Gah!!

I'm more than a hobby photographer and no where NEAR a professional, kind of in between.

Last year, I had family in from out of town, they had heard from others that I take good pictures, plus they liked the ones I had framed and anyway asked to see some pictures. In that instance I really wish I had some sort of "portfolio" or something to just let them see other than my latest album which, while it contained some good stuff, also had pictures of the dog rolling in the grass, my yard, etc. You know, fluff...


(PS I don't mean to sound egotistical or anything like that, I hope I don't come across that way).

Also. Does anyone know of a good LJ community regarding photography I could post this to? Not one where you mainly post photos for critique, but like a general Q&A community about photography, developing, etc.
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