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Dealing with your legacy collection

From: Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Video: Dealing with your legacy collection

One of the reasons that you might be here at this particular training right now is because you have lots of folders that look something like this. You have a year, if you are lucky, and you have a whole bunch of shots in there. And you don't really know what they are; you don't really know how to find what you are looking for, and you're probably wondering, what should I do with those legacy photos? Hear me out before you rush to judgment about what I am going to say. Here's my advice: for now, just leave them where they are.

Dealing with your legacy collection

One of the reasons that you might be here at this particular training right now is because you have lots of folders that look something like this. You have a year, if you are lucky, and you have a whole bunch of shots in there. And you don't really know what they are; you don't really know how to find what you are looking for, and you're probably wondering, what should I do with those legacy photos? Hear me out before you rush to judgment about what I am going to say. Here's my advice: for now, just leave them where they are.

Have you ever heard the phrase, today is the first day of the rest of your life? I know when I was a kid, that was a big deal; they made a lot of posters out of it. Well, getting organized is sort of like that. It's because what you have to do is develop your system first, and fine- tune it with enough works so that it makes sense, but not so work that you become overwhelmed, and I think this is what hurts people. They become so overwhelmed by the thousands of images they already have, trying to pull them into a system, that they become frozen with fear. They get buried under the stuff.

So what I recommend you do is follow the techniques that resonate with you that are in this training. Start today; start with the next card you upload with your new system, and fine-tune it, because you are going to make changes as you use it. Once you get to the point to where you feel like the system that you've developed is working well, then you can go back to those legacy images, and folder by folder bring them in to your new system.

And I have a confession to make: I have to deal with the same thing in that I am working my way backwards as I have time, and I have not completed this process. But what I can tell you is that since I became organized a few years ago, all of those images, I know exactly where they are, and they are backed up, and I am making progress on the older ones. So my advice is, start today with your new system, fine-tune it, and then as you have time, work on those legacy images.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

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