What is the best way to import, manage and view photos?
I used to use Lightroom, but switched to Capture One with my Sony. I am now thinking about moving over to Linux and Darktable. That means each time that I have to start from scratch with my images and re-import them.
My collection goes back to the turn of the century and is in various formats and sizes. Before I got heavily into Lightroom, I imported everything into folders: year\month\day-or-shoot (E.g. 2020\03\24-night shoot). I still use this structure to this day, as it is easy to quickly find images I want, regardless of what device I am on and whether my photo management software is available (E.g. on my phone or using a web browser to my NAS or OneDrive).
When I got into shooting raws, I restructured and had the old structure above for the finished results and a separate structure \raws&originals\year\month\day-or-shoot I then copied everything from the above folders into the originals folder and imported everything into Lightroom and later Capture One. I then used the original folder structure for output in JPEG of the processed images in a screen-sized resolution. That meant manageable file sizes and quick loading whilst out and about and the original quality in my management software when I need to retouch a photo, provide a high quality export or for print etc.
Thinking of moving again, I am wondering if the whole set-up I have isn’t too complicated and whether there is a better way. Does anyone have any suggestions, or care to describe their process?