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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.
I have a couple of keywording tips, when working in Lightroom. One is very straightforward, and one is a little fun, so let's do them both. So here's the challenge; I have my basic keywords that were entered when I uploaded the photos, which I think is a great idea, but as I'm looking at them, there are a couple more keywords I'd like to add. I'd like to add flame, because many of these shots have a flame in them, and that would be good over the long haul to know that. And then the other one is sunrise, because we're right at sunrise on some of these shots.
This one here, I would not put sunrise, because I can't see any blue, but maybe some of the other ones I'd love to have sunrise. One way you can do it is just the most basic way is to click on a photo, and type in the keywords that you want to add. But you can also click on multiple photos. I'm going to just hold down the Control key and click on three of them, and then I could just enter flame. And I'm not going to enter sunrise, because the third one I'm not so sure about.
So I just enter flame, and hit Return. And now you'll see this one doesn't have flame, but this one does, does, and does. Great! Okay, fantastic. So just select the amount of photos that you want add keywords to; enter them in the keyword field here on the right side. Now that's the straightforward way. I want to show you a fun way, because we have a spray can also. And this spray can -- this painter -- can be used for all sorts of goodies, including keywords. I'm going to click on it to activate it, Paint. I'm going to choose keywords: they are already chosen for me, but you have other things that you can apply here.
In this case we're going to do keywords, and then you just enter the keywords that you want. So we're going to do flame, and sunrise, like that. Great! So now our keywords have been entered. Now we go up here, and I just boom! Spray, spray, and spray; just like that. And boom! just like that.
When I'm done painting, now I can check my work by just clicking on any of these, and you'll see that we have sunrise and flame added to those. So the straightforward way where you just enter text in the field; hit Return. Or if you have a number of shots where you just want to go through them -- you have some keywords, and you just want to go here, here and here, I think the Painter is the hoot, actually.
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