foundation: I guess our shooting methods vary, since I often diverge from my 'pattern', and then adapt my shots to this 'pattern' again only in post-processing. A few examples to clarify:
- shoot a 360 pano with my camera set on fixed-aperture, no bracketing, except for 1 or 2 tiles where I did bracket.
- shoot a pano and repeat a shot several times, either to remove tourists, or a passing plane, or because a strong wind nudged the tripod.
- focus stacking a few tiles from the whole pano.
In these cases I find that creating 1 directory per panorama manually is the best way for me. Although I love how AP can find matching photos in a large group, I find that it wouldn't do the job well here. I first sort my RAWs 1 dir per date and keyword, then 1 dir per panorama:
e.g. /photos/20091208 london/05/
Then I develop the RAWs to TIFF, backup the RAWs to external media and remove them, leaving just the intermediate TIFF files. I end up keeping only the finished JPG pano.
I guess it will be easier and possibly cheaper to get a 2TB disk for my RAWs instead of messing about with DVDs.
The latest unstable version of digiKam
has some lovely features, a stable 1.0 should be out by the end of this year!