Most photographers understand the importance of digital asset management for the photographer actively shooting. It’s easy to amass thousands of images in one shooting trip and that could mean possibly a hundred thousand images in a few short years.
Organizing and maintaining a good file system becomes crucial to ‘staying on top’ of things. With the introduction of Lightroom and Aperture within the last few years these programs have certainly made the job easier.
As a photographer I have spent more of my career before the digital evolution than during it and this has allowed me to look back at my image asset management during the film days and in particular, file numbering.
My very first asset management program was Phototrack, a DOS based image numbering system that in hind sight, worked quite well for such a basic system.