I have enjoyed reading all of your comments on the various filing and storage schemes used by working photographers, but what about us amateurs that take numerous photos of various categories of subjects over several weeks of time? I hardly ever take more than a few photos on any given day and it maybe weeks before I have time to upload and edit them. Most of the discussions so far are pretty much irrelevant to such circumstances. FWIW I generally use Nikon transfer's naming function and add key words to identify the different images of different subjects. To be honest it is cumbersome and I easily lose images when I cannot remember what keyword I assigned to an image that might have been taken last month or even last year, bummer.
The reason that I ask is that I am in the process of scanning and archiving slides from over fifty years of photography and I would like to make this as painless as possible. Does anyone have a foolproof method of cataloging images of various subjects taken over several days of several unrelated subjects?
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