It looks like I have about 8 gigabytes of photos over >6,000 photos. Like everything else, I’ve tried several software packages for working with the photos. I don’t use most of the editing features, other than crop and red-eye removal (when I remember.) I do frequently need to adjust the photo date, as many of my old pictures didn’t capture it correctly (my old camera would lose the date/time everytime the battery got changed, so lots of my photos say 1/1/1998.)
I’ve been using Google’s Picasa for the past few years. It has the above mentioned features, and a pretty good facial recognition system for tagging. As I add pictures, it scans them and identifies faces and who they might be, then I confirm or change that. This has been really good for requests like this one from Bethany: “I need a baby picture for next year’s yearbook by tomorrow.” She was able to easily look through all of the photos where her face is tagged and pick one in minutes.
Picasa lets you upload pictures to the web, and has the ability to import from iPhoto, although it doesn’t do a very good job. It loses the iPhoto events, albums, faces, etc., and shows them in a mostly meaningless folder structure by date. Plus, most (all?) of the stuff in iPhoto I’ve already brought in to Picasa, so there are lots of apparent duplicates. I want to get down to one authoritative collection, get it tagged right, post if online and back it up.
Picasa uploads to Google Drive, and you see it through G+ Photos. 15GB of storage space.
I’ve tried Windows Live Photo in the past. It has most of the same functions, is also free, and works seamlessly with MS Skydrive. Since they give 25GB of space, that’s pretty appealing. Of course, it’s easy to get multiple accounts in either service, or you can pay for additional storage. I don’t think this product works on the Mac, which was a plus for Picasa.
I use an Apple MacBook Air as my notebook machine now, so have moved all of my personal photos here. I’ve tried iPhoto, which is pretty cool, but locks me into the Apple world. Still, since I also use iPhone and iPad, and have an Apple TV, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Still, I’ve done all of my tagging in Picasa, and would likely need to redo that if I moved the photos over to iPhoto. I haven’t looked at Aperture yet.
Now Flickr is giving us 1 terabyte of storage, with most of the functional limits removed. I’ve only started to look at that system and what it can do.
I’m sure you have a system that you use and love – please let me know in a comment here!