Since I started on digital photography I have managed (so I thought!) to keep a rather organized filing system for my photos but with the number of different cameras and the explosion of the number of photos compared to the past. I have been seeking a new way to organize my photo and video files as I have various sources dumping digital photos into my computer, mainly my SLR, compact camera, and 2 iPhones and as many video sources as well. Organizing and backing them up is starting to be a time consuming task. I've been resisting to have them all managed in Aperture as I somehow had the mentality that Aperture consumed too much disk space like iMovie for my video files. This is when I came across the ebook Digital Workflow for Photographers by Trey Ratcliff (available from Flatbooks.com) and started working on a consolidated system of organizing everything in Aperture and filing according to date. I started with photos taken in 2012 as its still May so there should not be too many to organize. The initial process was a little tedious as I had to import everything that I had not previously imported and to rename the folders. Now having completed the files for 2012 I am able to compare it with the stuff in 2011 and they are more accessible and everything is in one place where I can get to and process.
The photos that follow should not take that much time to organize if I import them after every day of shooting and I know that I will be able to search for the photos that I need even in a couple of years. If the system works for someone who takes tens of thousands of photos it'll work for me!