Does someone know of any software/technique to reorganize image files in folders named by date?
Recently I had a similar need.
Specifically I wanted to move and rename files based on date the picture was taken, as follows:
The motives for me for this structure:
After spending an hour trying out various graphical UI based programs, eventually what got the job done exactly how I needed, was ExifTool.
Here are the steps:
Basically you're telling exiftool to read date taken (datetimeoriginal) information from within the picture file and use that information to rename the file, using YYYY/YYYY-mm-dd/YYYY-mm-dd-HHhMMmSS.ext format. Notice that there are slashes in the file format we specify -- this causes the file to be moved into respective folder structure, which is created on the fly.
You can move and/or rename files any way you like with this utility. If your requirements differ from mine, just refer to this page which contain nice examples from where I derived the command line I eventually used.
Came across this question searching for a solution to the exact same issue.
I found two programs to accomplish this:
There is a free version and a paid version. The free version only allows for a Year/Month/Day folder structure. The paid version allows for more folder options and some additional file types and handling options.
This is a free utility to move or copy photos from one folder structure to another. A few less options than the paid version of Photo Move but it does allow to specify up to 4 levels of folder structure.
I know that Zoner Photo Studio should be able to do that, but I've never tried that. It supports a library mode and it can help you organize photos – it can move pictures taken the same day to individual folders.
Is this what you need?
Open Windows Explorer > Go to Folder Containing Sub-Folders with pictures in it. CAVEAT: Assuming your folders are labeled with different dates (and hence time).
Go To > VIEW > DETAILS > RIGHT CLICK ON NAME COLUMN ON THE RIGHT PANEL > SCROLL DOWN to "More" > DATE CREATED
Then sort by folder's date created.