Digital Asset Management

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Link Posted 06/09/2009 - 21:50
Digital Asset Management do you find your "bleeping" pictures.

I was wondering....,which of all the members is into using a DAM.
And if so, what are you using. Do you see the benefits of using a DAM or do you think you can do without it. Organizing, Key-wording,Rating.
Is it useful for every type of photographer, or maybe something for wedding and stock photographers only. Pro's and con's. Suggestions.
Please give me your thoughts on the subject.

Thanks in advance,

Best regards,


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Last Edited by Malo1961 on 06/09/2009 - 21:52

Father Ted

Link Posted 06/09/2009 - 22:06
Something I've been thinking about for a while. Didn't know there was software out there to do it. Was wondering how you guys, with year's worth of photos, kept things straight.


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 00:07
Lightroom falls under that right, if so than yes.
Simply by date does it for me for now, nothing more.

K10D, K5
DA* 16-50, DA* 50-135, D-FA 100 Macro, DA 40 Ltd, DA 18-55
Last Edited by Anvh on 07/09/2009 - 00:08


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 00:08
I use keywords in Lightroom and organise all my photo's by the date they were taken.

It does get tricky when I'm scanning old film images and can't remember where or when I took them, or why.


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 03:14
Yes indeed. I use Idimager. It is very flexible, and I can find an image in seconds. But Idimager is a great deal more than a DAM. Editing, Web publishing... take look for yourself...



Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 08:06
Mainly Aperture for me. I rate all my photos, but I don't use keywords for all of them. Not because I don't want to, but tagging all my older photos is a daunting task which I haven't got around to yet!

I also import all the 3+ star ones into iPhoto, where I use the Facebook sync, and name tagging via facial recognition (a little bit useful but not really a major timesaver yet).
AF - Pentax K5, Sigma 10-20/4-5.6, Tamron 17-50/2.8, Sigma 30/1.4, Sigma 70-200/2.8, Tamron 70-300/4-5.6
MF - Vivitar CF 28/2.8, Tamron AD2 90/2.5, MTO 1000/11
Stuff - Metz 58 AF1, Cactus v4, Nikon SB24, Raynox 150, Sigma 1.4x TC, Sigma 2x TC, Kenko 2x macro TC, Redsnapper 283 tripod, iMac 27, Macbook Pro 17, iPad, iPhone 3G
Flickr Fluidr PPG Street Portfolio site
Feel free to edit any of my posted photos! If I post a photo for critique, I want brutal honesty. If you don't like it, please say so and tell me why!


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 09:02
I have been using ACDSee Pro 2.5 and find it very quick to do a quick catalogue with keywords/ categories etc. Just point it at a the folder and it will do the rest. You can stop it from 'reading' certain folders so you don't waste time looking through totally unrelated other material etc!

Having keyworded etc in that, I then 'write' all info to IPTC so that I can also search when using Lightroom.



Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 09:50
Another vote for ACDSee Pro here (I'm using the free version 3 beta). But I just do this as a hobby and I think I'd take a very different approach if this was my living.

A few things to consider:

Does the programme work across a network? It doesn't strike me as all that helpful if you are obliged to keep all your pics on the same PC you do your cataloguing on. Many folks these days might prefer to keep their pics in a raid array on a NAS device and/or save them off to DVD or other storage medium.

Does the programme allow client/server access? Does the programme allow the database to be stored on a separate PC? This means that you could keep your database on a very secure installation separate from your PC.

What format does the database use? You don't necessarily want to find that your database is stored in a format so proprietary that you cannot get at it with any other software. Or that you cannot export the data for use in another programme if you decide to switch software, or the original company stops producing your programme, etc.

Are the programme's backup, storage, archive routines, etc, absolutely top notch and best of class?

How well does the programme interface with other things - galleries, websites, online? For example, one reason I like ACDSee is that it uploads to Flickr with tags and sets already set up and in place.

Is the programme cross-platform or tied to, say, Windows?

Only making these observations because it doesn't take long before one has committed a surprising amount of time to cataloguing one's collection and it would be really irritating to find that one's time had gone to waste in some way because the programme turned out to be much more limited that it first appeared to be.


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 10:26
I just use Picasa to find my images

Works fine on PC and Mac - is fast and handles the nearly 70k images I have easily. The only thing is you have to keep all images online (there's no provision for offline DVDs etc), but with 1Tb drives around that's not a big problem!

(For gallery, tips and links)


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 11:04
I use Picasa 3. I do not yet have Matts 72K of images, yet, but have some forty folders for different 'categories'. Sub folders within a category often carry a date line. Very easy to select an image and email it via Google. Also possible to edit in Picasa or a programme of choice. I can see that I shall be needing a standalone Tb drive very soon!
It is free! I like it!
K10D 50-200mm, 18-55mm, Battery Grip, AF360FGZ flash, Manfrotto Tripod.
Other stuff includes Programme A, Takumar 70-200mm, Rollei Prega 145AF - Still in its box, Pentax Zoom 105R,Olympus OM2n,a Fuji Digital Finepix.


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 11:10
Marcus1 wrote:
I use Picasa 3.

Me too.

When I bought Photoshop Elements, it installed the Adobe downloader, which sucks pictures of the card and stored them on the hard disk. I let it create folders dated with the download (not the shot) date.

Then I use Picasa to pull them all into its library. Flicking through the folders is so quick that looking at the thumbnails is good enough to find most things quite quickly. Occasionally I'll copy something into a separate folder.

I would never have the patience to catalogue, add keywords etc, so it works for me.

14,000 images and counting.
Pentax K-3, DA18-135, DA35 F2.4, DA17-70, DA55-300, FA28-200, A50 F1.7, A100 F4 Macro, A400 F5.6, Sigma 10-20 EXDC, 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS Samsung flash SEF-54PZF(x2)


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 13:27
aperture for me
Fired many shots. Didn't kill anything.


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 14:02
Lightroom by date and tags
Jackie H
K7, K20D, istDS, Optio SV, ME
Most used glass
50mm f1.4, 60-250mm, 28-80mm,
Sigma 105mm 2.8 Macro & Bertha 50-500


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 16:11
I use ACDSee Pro 2.
The older I get the faster I was.
K-3 II, K10D, DA16-85, DA*50-135, DA12-24, DA18-55, DA 50, Sigma EX DG 70mm Macro, Sigma 70-300mm, Sigma DG 120-400mm APO HSM.
Metz 58 AF-1.

My Flickr link


Link Posted 07/09/2009 - 17:49
Thanks so far for all the answers. For those of you who use key wording,as a key function to find back your pictures.
What is the average per picture you apply? I ask because when I started organizing my work flow by using the DAM future in Lightroom, I really thought 10-12 would be more than enough. Now I notice I am already hitting the average of 20 plus and the list is growing by the day. Were does it end?

Best regards,


Curious about my photography?? Just Follow the Light.
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