In regards to Marianne’s comment about digitally filing her images,
I’ve been using Adobe Lightroom for the past couple of years to keep
track of all my images. Works great. I’ve got somewhere north of
20,000 images stored in it. It lets you keyword and caption tag the
images as you import them, so that you can then search them easily.
Tracks images on offline DVD’s, and does basic color correction, lens
compensation and cropping, all without having to crank up photoshop
itself. (Pretty much any of the basic “fix the photo” corrections. It
can’t handle serious retouching, but that’s photoshop’s game.)
Handles anything from JPG’s to raw files.
I used it a lot for doing lecture talks: if I wanted examples of
cuttlefish cast pieces, or raising or whatever, I just searched on
the keywords, and immediately got a list of all of the images I had
with matching keywords. Quick, simple, and painless. The only real
PITA is being religious about keywording images as you import them.
No affiliation, just a satisfied user.