I need suggestions from Kappers experienced in the management of big (photos) files.
The problem I am having is that at the present my photos count are around 12.000 between KAP and ground photos. Files are still growing.
The other day, I had a request for a photo of a very big fish I've got somewhere in the state of Queensland, Australia, and I didn't remember where it was. I had to open and close hundreds of folders in the Queensland file and type the keyword fish. It took me 35 minutes to locate the desired photo. The day after, my wife requested a family photo to send to her mother, and I had to open another hundreds of birthday folders trying to locate it.
This is the way my photos are organized: Well, I have a file for Australia and folders for each state of Australia. Inside each folder I have sub-folders for each city, which also have sub folders for subjects or locations inside that city. example, Australia -> Queensland -> Brisbane -> Downtown . Each photo that goes inside any of these files, folders and sub folders are given keywords for location and subject. Example, "Brisbane, Bridge, River, Kap".
Now, if I want a bridge outside Brisbane but in Queensland, I will have to check a large number of folders, opening city-by-city and typing the keyword "bridge" until I locate it. Very time consuming. If I open only Queensland, and type the keyword "bridge", ACDSee (the program I use) will list a large number of bridge thumbnails for my appreciation, and also it will take a long time till I find what I need.
Question... Is there any better way (Change the structure or organization of the files??? ) which may become faster to locate a photo by subject in thousands of photos? My problem basically, is to locate a photo which I have in my mind, but I don't recall where I've put it. (More keywords could be the solution?)
Any recommendation or consideration will be very appreciated.
Thank you guys!