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Managing Photo Files for Your Online Gallery

You are an artisan, and your wood products are beautiful and well made. Naturally you want to show them off on your website! You dream about having such a wonderful gallery that people will be contacting you daily, eager to get their hands on what they see there.

So, because you are intrepid, you find the perfect online gallery yourself, and you click the little "Browse …" button that lets you upload your pictures. And what you see makes your brain spin. You see a long list of the photographs you took last month, all in weird little photograph icons, all labeled "img085," "img243," "img047." What picture is what? Where's that magnificent picture you took of your son at work on that oak log?

Or maybe you're busy, so you hire a web developer to put your gallery together for you. You put all your photographs on a CD and send it to her, and the next day she emails you with a dozen questions. "Can you tell me about your pictures? What are these cabinets made out of? If you want them divided into albums, can you tell me which go in which albums? I do not know what fir looks like, so can you tell Me which ones are fir and which ones are Ponderosa pine? " So now you have to write a very long email explaining all the pictures in detail rather than doing what you really want to do, like finishing that cabinet your client is antsy about.

The answer to both these problems is quite simple, and it involves managing and organizing your product photos from the very beginning. As soon as you sit down to put your pictures on your computer from your camera, follow these steps, and it will make your website work or your developer's website work much more simple:

1) Look through your pictures and name them. Give them very specific names that tell exactly what they're about, such as, FSCCertifiedKitchenFirCabinet. You'll note that this name has no spaces and the first letters of all its words are capitalized. This is called Camel Case and is the best way to name the images that you're going to put online. Having very clear names for your pictures helps both you and your web developer understand what the picture is about, causing less confusion on her part.

2.) Create a ProductImages folder and copy all your pictures into it. By copying them rather than cutting and pasting, you're saving yourself a backup, in case anything happens to any of the pictures. The name of the folder you create should also be in Camel Case, so that it will work with the browser if it ever goes online.

3.) Create subfolders and give them appropriate, Camel-Cased names. If you have a lot of pictures of tables you have created, group all your table pictures in a Table folder in the ProductImages folder. If you want to group your cherry tables apart from your walnut tables, create one folder called CherryTables and one called WalnutTables and separate the pictures accordingly. By doing this, you will almost always know where to find any particular photo.

By organizing and renaming from the beginning, you will save yourself a lot of time and your web developer a lot of confusion. When you go to upload to your gallery, you'll see instantly what each photo is and know which album it should go in. Or when you send them to your web developer, she'll already know how you want them grouped and what their names should be, and her long email full of questions will be greatly reduced. It can be a rather annoying task if you're not used to it, but in the long run, this will save you money!

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