I'm not going to address your whole post here (sorry dude, your post is a little hard to read), but in reference to what seems to be your primary question, here's how I handle my own work flow...
After shooting the image(s), I transfer them to my laptop and I use either Adobe Bridge or Olympus Camedia to review them for the "winners" and "loosers". Images that are really blurry/out of focus I tend to just delete immediatly. Same thing with images that are out of frame...shooting critters, it happens...dogs, squirrels, birds...just as you snap the shutter button, they move (LOL!). Once I decide which images I plan to use (usually for prints) I then open them in Photoshop. Since I'm shooting with a Sony H1 and an Olympus C-4000, the first thing I usually do is convert the image to 300 dpi, then save as a .PSD file (I keep the original .jpgs sort of as negatives). Once the file is saved as a .PSD, then usually
I'll crop it to whatever size I think I'll need for prints (i.e. 4x6's, 8x10's, etc) and then I'll usually do levels and saturation adjustments and check the image for noise and correct for that as well (that Sony of mine can get really noisy at higher ISO's). At that point (or somewhere there abouts), I usually need to make a few decisions about the image...do I need to do more extensive editing and so forth. Sometimes I simply need to clone out some minor imperfections in the image and from time to time, I need to replace the background completely. This is also where I will do things like adjusting the DOF if needed or any addition artsy/creative work on the image. Once the image is "composed" the way I want, I'll add an additional layer for sharpening...I usually do most of my sharpening with the High Pass filter. Once I feel all the "work" is done to the image, I'll flatten it and save it as a TIFF for printing. Sometimes I'll have my work printed at an actual photo lab, but more often than not, I usually have laser prints done of my work at a local office supply store....once framed, the "prints" are almost indistinguishable from actual "photos".
Now a quick word on storage...
As I said before, after I've taken pictures, I'll put them on the laptop however after a while the laptop's harddrive starts to load up (it's only a 20 gig), so usually ever few months or so, I'll transfer older directories to my main PC and then once or twice a year, I'll backup any pics more then a year old to CD-ROM for archiving. I tend to save my images in folders grouped by the date the image was taken with a brief description...aka, "021807 - Dog Park" so I know that the images in that directory were taken Feb 18th, 2007 at the local doggie park. This makes finding older images at least a little easier to find (LOL!). I should probably also mention that I've quickly come to the point that I find CD's to be a little ineffieciant any more. With as many images as I shoot, I'm probably going to end up getting a external backup harddrive soon and will archive most of my images there.
Incedentally, images that I've printed (and that came out well) I usually duplicate and save in a seperate directory in the event I want to reprint them again later. I.e., I've sold 8 pictures at my Art Show this month, so I'll need to re-print those for the next art show. I also have a running spread sheet that I've made up so I can keep track of which photo's I have on display at a given art show, which ones have been sold and I usually give a copy of the spreadsheet to the host of the art show with the values of each framed print/photo for insurance purposes.
to keep things as simple as possible. In my "early days" of photography, I'd shoot a role of film then after the pics were developed, seperate the good pics from the bad. The good pics would usually get framed, put up on the fridge door or whatever and the bad pics would get shoved in a desk somewhere (the proverbial shoe box). Back in those days on something like a vacation, I might shoot as many as 8 or 10 rolls of film total...less then 250 pics. These days with digital, I can easily shoot that many pics in a matter of a couple of hours! LOL!!! I've been known to literally shoot as many as 400 pics or more in a single afternoon at the zoo. When you start getting several -thousand- images stored on you harddrive, finding one single image that you maybe shot 4 or 5 months ago can get challenging to say the least so the more basic I can keep my "work flow", the better off I usually am
Okies...don't know if that helps you much or not, but I hope so!
Bright Blessings & Gentle Breezes,