On this page you will find links and information about software, apps and other helpful tools and equipment I like using for photo organising projects. I value trust and honesty and am assuring you that these are no affiliate links if not mentioned otherwise. The list will constantly be changing and is by no means complete.
Digital Photo Organising
Photo Mechanic is a paid, fast media browser for Mac and Windows to help view, organise, manage and export digital photos. It is my go-to software to batch add metadata to photos and videos, such as very customised filenames, keywords and descriptions / captions.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom is a paid professional photo management software (for Windows and Mac) that allows viewing, organising and editing large numbers of digital images. Edits are non-desctructive, which means you can always revert back to the original.
Adobe Bridge is a free app for Mac and Windows (you will need a free Adobe account though). It gives you centralised access to all the files and assets you need for your creative projects. Organise personal and team assets, batch edit with ease (e.g. add keywords), add watermarks, set centralised colour preferences and more. Adobe Bridge acts like a browser, no need to copy or import your files.
PhotoSweeper PhotoSweeper is a duplicate photos finder for Mac users. You can find duplicates in Photos libraries and/or images that are stored outside of Photos.
PowerPhotos Duplicate photo finder and tool to merge Mac Photos libraries. It only works if the images are in a Photos library.
Duplicate Cleaner Pro Duplicate photo finder for Windows users
NameChanger for Mac is an easy to use app to batch-rename your files. It is free, donations appreciated.
Advanced Renamer for Windows is an easy to use app to batch-rename your files.
Photo Move 2.5 for Windows is a program that automatically moves photos to directories of folders based on the exif date taken.
A Better Finder Attributes for Mac can change file creation and modification dates.
DigiKam for Mac and Windows. The application provides a comprehensive set of tools for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and raw files. It’s like a browser, no need to import or copy your photos.
Analog photo organising (printed photos)
Archival Survival an Australian / Melbourne based company provides archival quality storage products and services.
Cloud-based photo organising, sharing and storage services including backup services
Forever is a paid, secure permanent cloud-storage for your precious photos (affiliate link). No data-mining!
SmugMug is a paid app for image / video sharing and hosting.
Flickr is a free service to upload, access, organise, edit and share photos from any device. Limited free storage space with optional auto-upload.
Backblaze is a paid cloud-backup service with unlimited storage (affiliate link). For any Windows and Mac computer with the option to backup several computers to the same account.
Other links to the Photo Organising industry
APPO Association of Personal Photo Organizers – provides personal photo organisers with training, support, and tools to help their communities manage their photos and preserve their lost stories. Find your local photo organiser in their directory or give me a call on 0413 216 589 if you’re in the Melbourne area.
Melbourne Conservation Services in Viewbank offer a range of preservation and conservation treatments including digitising of large format photos.
Maureen Taylor – The Photo Detective specialises in helping you solve the mysteries of family photographs – who is in it? Why? Where etc. Find lots of great resources and information including a podcast on her website.