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In this course, photographer Derrick Story teaches the concepts and techniques behind efficient photo management and backup, which becomes increasingly important as a photo collection grows. The course begins by showing how to transfer and organize photos "by hand"—that is, by copying them from a memory card to a hard drive without using software. In the second portion of the course, discover how to take advantage of the photo-management features provided by programs such as Lightroom and Aperture, by assigning descriptive keywords, by giving photos ratings and color-coded labels, and how smart album features can automatically collect photos that meet certain criteria.
The course concludes with a look at aspects of a good backup and archival strategy, ranging from the best file format for long-term backup to the best hardware options for offline storage.
What if you could have all of your pictures neatly stored in a virtual filing cabinet with drawers and folders making it easy to find anything that you wanted, but you didn't need special photo software to do so. I'm going to show you how to do that right now. This movie is actually for those of you who don't want to use specialized photo software; who want to use just your operating system: Mac or Windows -- we are on a Mac right now -- to organize your photos. This is the roll your own way of photo organization.
So here's our virtual filing cabinet, right here, and this is a hard drive where I keep my photos, and then these are the drawers, and I have Pictures 2010 and 2011. That's the way I like to organize my images; by year. You may have a different system. Either way, the concept remains the same. Now I am going to open one of these drawers, and inside we have all of the folders that have my images in them. And you notice that I use a naming convention that is very consistent.
I use month, and I use year, and then I use a descriptive name. And that makes it quite easy so that if I'm looking for pictures of lions and zebras I know that they are going to be in here. I went to Safari West in October of 2010, and double-click, and there you go. There are my shots. Very easy to use. Now if I want to add a new folder to my virtual filing cabinet, all I have to do is go up to File>New Folder, give it a name.
Let's pretend that we are in December of 2010. I am going to go 12-10, and I am going to go LA Zoo, and I will know that inside this folder are shots from the LA Zoo that I took in December 2010. All I have to do then is go to my camera memory card, open it up, find the images, and drag them in. It would be that simple. So if you don't want to use specialized photo software, but you still want to be organized on your computer, this is the way to do it.
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