Hi, just saw this post and wanted to share how I've done it Sorting:
I place pictures in one of 2 types of folders, Misc and Event-specific. For event specific folders, I have a date prefix and a description of the event, e.g. "2011-03-11 Dads birthday". For other random/misc pictures taken in March, I'd have a folder called "2011-03 Misc" and place them all there. This gives me a folder structure like this:
2011-05-13 Moms birthday
2011-05-07 Disney world
2011-04-13 Sea World
2011-04-07 Six flags
Been doing this since 2002 and it works pretty well, for me at least Keeping everything in "photo" or in multiple places:
I keep all my raw footage in one place following the structure above, this included both pictures and videos. I then select what to have in photo station, I can then edit pictures or more importantly, remove pictures that are not very nice, or if I have a series of pictures then I can select to only have the best ones in photo station.
This takes up more space, but even if you have 200 GB of pictures and videos (I have about 70 GB after 10 years of digital photography, although HD videos are starting to increase that number significantly
), I'd still prefer to have everything backed up in a place where no application touches the original files.
Just my 2 cents.