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The pain of tagging

I think tagging is great. It’s awesome to be able to categorize stuff so I can easily find it later. Adding tagging to its robust gallery featureset was one of the best thing smugmug’s ever done.

But boy is it a pain to actually do the tagging.

I’m not psychic. I can’t predict what is going to be interesting to me later when I tag my photos. Worse, back in the beginning I used as few tags as possible so I could hurry up and be done with it. This means that every time I think of a new tag set, I have to go back and edit pretty much all of my photos. (By “tag set”, I mean stuff like what month the picture was taken in. Today I’ve spent a few hours tagging all my photos for month and season.)

It would just be easier if I was psychic.

Actually, a nice option would be if I could select groups of albums and give them all the same tag(s). That would be awfully convenient.

Another thing I would like is to be able to exclude tags when I’m browsing. For example, I’d love to be able to look at good pictures, or pictures of me, while eliminating anything tagged as wedding. There are a lot of wedding pictures, after all.

But that’s beside the point. The point is this:

The idea of tagging = awesome.

The reality of tagging = a pain in the ass.

That is all :)