I have 1,000's of images . . . and more keep coming. Managing my digital images can be a chore, but I've found one method that has saved the day over and over ... the file name to each image is my code that helps keep them organized and let's me find the right image quickly.
You can create your own code, but here are a few suggestions and examples of my method.
When creating a code for your image file names, "think" like a computer. For any group of photos that you want to keep together put them in a folder. Then the first few words should be exactly the same so that the computer's search and sort functions can help you. Toward the end of the file name, add your special codes that distinguish one photo from another within the group.
Images with a shadow for my web site include "sh" at the end of the title. Image file name is: Crockpot-2sh.jpg.
NOTE TO everyone: Before you upload images to a dropbox, or email to another person be sure to CHANGE THE TITLE from your file name to the actual title of the work for better search engine optimization. Don't forget to add, keywords, tags and a description.
These are just a few of my examples for managing file names for digital images. As I said, invent your own code for your image file names and send your images out into the world at the speed of light.