Maybe someday the WP core development team will come up with a better way to organize photos than "by date of upload" folders but, until that happens, how do we institute our own improved system of media - heavily slanted towards photos - organization?
I'm thinking of pre-pending a category descriptor at the beginning of every image upload's filename. For example, if I have a site about adventure or outdoor activities, with categories such as canoeing, hiking, biking, etc., then I might use image filenames such as "biking-trail-new-hampshire" and "biking-tour-vermont-fall-foliage". That way, when I view WP's "Media Library" I can click to organize the files "on the fly" by executing a sort-by-filename - as long as I prepend the category name to the image file name.
I can imagine as a site grows in size this may / will present issues as the software / server sorts through 1000s of images.
I'm reluctant to turn this task over to a third-party plugin, especially a paid one, since media control / management is a very important "management function" and I don't want to watch someday as the plugin dies from a lack of support.
So, do you have any ideas for managing and/or organizging photos and other media - in addition to how we might label our files?
Methinks that, as long as I'm keeping a backup of my images files for any site on my local machines, that I'll be able to run sorts locally - as needed - to unburden the server / website IF I'm just looking for a few particular images.