I've had a lot of people ask me how I organize/store my photos so I thought I'd make a post about it. I know this system works because I use it, and has worked for me for many years. :) It may not work for everyone, but maybe it will inspire your own ideas that work for you.
I take A LOT of photos, especially since I'm doing our Everyday Life project (take a photo a day). My system for organizing photos has been tweaked over the years until I've finally found something that works. It's so frustrating to have digital photos and not be able to find them. First of all, I unload my camera card often... usually every other day or so. I would hate for the camera to get lost or for the photos to get accidentally deleted. I put the new pictures in new folders according to the directions below.
I've seen people who go in and rename each and every photo. Wow. If you have the time to do that, great. I do not. I name the folder something I know I can find and know that the pictures inside it will be what I'm looking for.
Now... this is VERY IMPORTANT. Backup, Backup, Backup. Even though I unload my card, and put my photos on my computer, I also plug in my external drive and back them up. Your photos should ALWAYS be in at least two different locations at all times! I can't tell you how many times people have told me they've lost their external hard drives and all their photos on them. Don't let that happen to you. If they are in two places, if one fails, you have another to use. I personally have three backups. I have them on two hard drives and DVD's. (Not the DVD's you play in the DVD player, but used for storage.)
No matter how you do it... I can't stress enough how important it is to BACKUP your photos!