Here is what I did to organize my photos:
I created a folder for every year.
Within each folder I created a folder for every month, and I added a number so it would sort in a monthly order.
I renamed all the files so they made sense. Each file name now consists of date_description_photonumber
I used 8 digits for the date yyyymmdd
- Maximum of 50 characters for the description
- 5 numbers for the photo number. Each photo series started with 00001 and ended with the last number 00016 or 00278. I chose to use the 5 number series because I should be able to easily import with this format, and I could easily see the number order with this system.
- The file name will never be large than 65 characters, which I understand means it can be used easily in all programs. I don't know for sure about that, but I'm sticking with that theory.
- Some examples:
My folder structure looks like this: