Beginner Tip Series: Organizing Your Aperture Library—Your Way
This is a series of new-to-Aperture observations and tips conceived by Stephen Guy, the new assistant here at ApertureExpert and PhotoJoseph’s studio. These are things that as a Lightroom user, Stephen found particularly interesting, compelling, or otherwise noteworthy. These aren’t necessarily in-depth tips, however they are designed to highlight interesting features, and encourage you to explore and learn more about them.
Your Aperture library is very powerful and very personal. Learning early on to keep your library organized can make finding pictures years later a simple, proven task. You can add Folders, Albums, Projects and more to your library to keep yourself organized manually. Or, you could apply metadata to every photo ensuring that you can search for individual shots and organize completely by smart albums.
You could choose to name your projects with the date in front, as is often taught on this site. Or you can name and sort by type of event, type of photo, region, category, or anything else you can think of. You can group projects and albums by folders, or use albums to organize everything, or just apply ratings and keywords and search every time you need a photo.
Whatever way you choose, the most important thing is to pick a method early and stick to it. No method is right or wrong, just be consistent. Inconsistency is what hurts most users in the long run, and makes it nearly impossible to find that photo when you want it.
What method do you use to sort your photos, ensuring you’ll be able to find them years from now?