Good morning, all:
I'm a new-to-Mac-after-15-years-on-the-PC-side user. My move to Apple was long planned, but it was expedited after my Dell laptop was stolen from our home a few weeks ago. Thankfully, all my data was backed up on external hard drives. But it is making my importing process a tad more complicated, since my photos and videos are scattered.
My old (PC-based) photo organization system worked well for me. I'm a mom to four, so I made extensive use of the folder-subfolder-subfolder. Photos were either grouped into a Family 2011 folder and then into subfolders by events (which tranlsates nicely into iPhoto) or grouped into folders I made for each of my four children (Amelia 2011) and then into month subfolders after that (June 2011). The folders for my kids contain photos that are mostly specific to them - pictures of lost teeth or art projects or learning to ride a bike or learning to walk.But ocassionally, I would end up with photos that were important to more than old child - my oldest daughter holding the new baby while he naps, for example. In my old system, I would simply copy the original picture and put a copy in each child's folder for that month. My thought was: That way, if I'm working on a book or project for that child, I won't have to search in the other children's folders for pictures that might contain them. (Of course, I also renamed all my photos, so I could search by names. But since 85% of my photos are of my family, it would be cumbersome at best.)
So my question now is: As I import each year for each child, I end up with iPhoto-recognized duplicates. What should I do about that? Should I let iPhoto create the duplicates and then reorganize later? If I do that, is there a way to mark duplicates so I can go back and save the original in multiple albums and then delete the duplicates from where they would be in the different Events? Or is it not really a big deal to have duplicates? It bugs me, as I'm a tidy person. But maybe it's not worth the effort?
I should add that the way I'm translating my old system into iPhoto-land is to create Events for each family subfolder (2011 Apple Orchard, 2011 Seattle, 2011 Christmas). That's fairly straight-forward. Then, when I translate my kids' photos for each year and get 12 Events for them, I use Albums to keep those photos organized. I have folders for each child and then subfolders under that for each year. Once I get the Albums organized, I merge all 12 Events for Amelia 2011 (for example) into one large Amelia 2011 Event file. It's one of the only ways I can think to limit the Events area, which will end up with hundreds and hundreds of events by the time I'm done transferring files.
Thanks for all your help! I've read through this community extensively in the last few weeks. It's a great resource.