Daylilies forum: questions about photo storage

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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
Dec 29, 2015 2:12 PM CST
I am wondering, how, and were you guys/gals store your pictures of plants? I have noticed, that some of you have the name of the Daylily on the photo. That would be really helpful in keeping track of each Daylily's photos. I am thinking about making extra crosses this bloom season, in hopes of selling them on the LA, so that I can earn a little extra cash to purchase new plants. If I do, I want to use my own photos of the parents. What is the easiest way to store them, were they can be kept track of by name, found easily, and downloaded to the LA site. I currently have photos saved on plantstep, and although I can use these photos, it is time consuming, and does not have a quick and easy way to find a particular plant. Thank you for any info, advice.

Name: Arlene
Florida's east coast (Zone 9a)
Tropicals Daylilies Bromeliad Region: Florida Enjoys or suffers hot summers Birds
Garden Photography
Dec 29, 2015 5:23 PM CST
On the computer I keep my daylily pictures in one file. When you label them, they go into alpha order so they are easy to find. We just got Windows 10 so I'll have to see if that's still true.
Name: Julie
Roanoke, VA (Zone 7a)
Daylilies Region: Virginia Photo Contest Winner: 2015 Heucheras Cat Lover Hummingbirder
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Dec 29, 2015 6:06 PM CST
I also keep images in alphabetical files and in another large folder labeled by year. Under those year files, separate folders are labeled for National or Regional meetings or special gardens visited during that season. Because there are tens of thousands of images, they are backed up on two external hard drives as well as jump drives. Backup is very important! The alphabetical files are labeled "daylilies A;" "daylilies B" and so forth so that any images can be found quickly. If I need an image for the Lily Auction, it has to be resized to under 100KB, so those are put into a separate folder for Lily Auction images. The Raw image sizes are very large, so my computer has a huge amount of storage specifically for that reason.

Name: Larry
Augusta, GA area (Zone 8a)
Daylilies Hybridizer Enjoys or suffers hot summers Region: Georgia
Dec 29, 2015 8:10 PM CST
Hello Gale. I do many of the things the answers you already have say. I download pictures to my computer and give them a file name which includes the date the picture was taken and the name of the plant/seedling. I then save them to files by year. I have separated them into files by plant, but that takes some time to set up. While I may resize and/or crop a picture at that time to share it, I try to wait for a day when I am not hybridizing (too rainy, etc.) and spend some time doing so then - - too busy saving pollen and downloading pictures to do that every day. I have a program called FastStone Image Viewer that handles the re-sizing as well as name entry on the picture itself. It can also crop, rotate, etc. While it is not nearly as powerful as PhotoShop, it is free (shareware) and does what I need it to do.
Yes, the pictures as downloaded from my digital SLR are huge files. You can adjust the size in the camera, but bigger files mean more precise colors, etc., so big files are good. Depending on the amount of storage you have available on your computer, you have a couple of options. First, if you have the storage on the computer, use it. If not, the there are more options. Since I have enough storage for a year's worth of pictures, I wait for the "off season" and download all of the images for that year onto an external drive in a folder for that year. Once that is done, I go back to the computer and pick out only the best two-to-five pictures for each plant and delete all of the the other pictures. At that time, I crop/annotate/re-size those pictures however I wish and keep them on the computer for quick access. Of course, at some point in time the volume of pictures will exceed what you can handle on your hard drive and even on the external drive, and then more storage or more erasures will be necessary.
Hope this helps,
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Dec 29, 2015 10:54 PM CST
Gale - I create a folder for each year and in that folder are individual folders by plant name where the corresponding cultivar photos go. Then I sort all the cultivar folders alphabetically. Makes it real easy to find each cultivar when looking for photos. I can go back to previous year photo folders as well. I always back my photos up onto an external drive as a precaution so that the photos are in two places.

I don't have nearly as many cultivars and seedlings as some people grow, so I am easily able to download my photos in the evenings. I also take a photo of the name marker and then take the bloom photos so that I know for sure what cultivar the photos are of. I do it daily because I need to check the photos to see if they came out. If not then I know to take more bloom photos of that particular cultivar.
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Name: Gale
CentralWa (Zone 6a)
Dec 30, 2015 1:19 PM CST
Thanks for the helpful info, it's much appreciated.


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