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Organising photos - tagging, searching (external drive, Windows 11)

  • 29-01-2023 5:56pm
    Registered Users Posts: 6,358 ✭✭✭ daymobrew

    I have my photos (all jpg, taken with Canon EOS 550D) on an external hard drive. They are only organised by date, nothing else. Obviously trying to find a particular photo is tedious.

    What software would be good for making the photos searchable? Ideally the software would run from the external drive but that's not a deal breaker.

    Over time I would like to add location info, names, occasion etc and be able to search. I think I tried darktable but didn't really understand how to add tags. If it's a recommended product I'll revisit.

    I don't need photo editing.

    From the list at it looks like Excire Foto and Corel Aftershot Pro could work.


  • Registered Users Posts: 463 ✭✭ Cameraman

    Not quite the solution you're looking for - but I use Google Photos for this. I have all my personal/phone photos automatically added. Camera personal ones are uploaded from disk, phone ones are automatically copied.

    The main advantages from my POV are :

    (1) Acts as a secondary backup - I have proper backups as well

    (2) I always have my personal photos available to show someone

    (3) The image analysis is quite good - though not 100%. The phone automatically adds location data. So you can search for things like Bicycle Dublin.

    It can be a bit hit-and-miss - but it's pretty good and often enough to allow me to find a particular photo.

    (4) Automatically groups faces in images. Once again, not 100% - but surprisingly accurate

    (4) Free - up to a limit - then a lowish charge per month/year. It's worth it for me.

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