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Making prints of your best work

From: Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Video: Making prints of your best work

Making prints like this might seem out of place in a title such as archiving your digital images, but these actually started out as digital images. All of these shots here were taken with a digital camera. Now, the reason why we're going to talk about printing is -- well, let me tell you a couple stories. I will tell you a couple stories, and then I think this will make more sense to you. The first story happened when I saw Brett Weston, a very famous photographer, burning his prints. He had prints like this that he was actually putting in the fire. And the reason why he was doing that was because he wanted to leave only his best stuff behind, and didn't want all the clutter, all the extraneous stuff that he shot before: his failures, in his view -- his view, not necessarily mine -- to be left behind as part of his legacy.

Making prints of your best work

Making prints like this might seem out of place in a title such as archiving your digital images, but these actually started out as digital images. All of these shots here were taken with a digital camera. Now, the reason why we're going to talk about printing is -- well, let me tell you a couple stories. I will tell you a couple stories, and then I think this will make more sense to you. The first story happened when I saw Brett Weston, a very famous photographer, burning his prints. He had prints like this that he was actually putting in the fire. And the reason why he was doing that was because he wanted to leave only his best stuff behind, and didn't want all the clutter, all the extraneous stuff that he shot before: his failures, in his view -- his view, not necessarily mine -- to be left behind as part of his legacy.

And I thought, well that's interesting. And then a while later, I saw another story. It was actually a university photography professor talking about the iPhone, and saying that people are taking more and more of their memories, or capturing their memories, with iPhones and devices like that. And she was wondering that 10 years from now, 15 years from now, will people be able to retrieve those memories? Are people loading them onto the computer? What are they doing so that when you see a picture on the iPhone, you have some sort of confidence that you will be able to see it again ten years from now? What if it's your parents anniversary that we are talking about? So I was thinking about all of that and I thought, wow! We are talking about hard drives, we are talking about computers, and digital media. What is one thing that we can do to really increase our odds of having our most special memories saved for us 10, 20, 50 years from now? And my thought would be making prints; making prints.

With inkjet printers that you can have in your home right now, they're capable of making prints that are good for 100, 150, even 200 years. Now think about that: 200 years. 200 years from now we're not going to know what file formats are acceptable, we are not going to know the type of storage devices that we are using, we are even -- we don't even know what kind of computers we will be using. But we do know that 200 years from now that this lovely piece of paper -- and doesn't it, can you just feel this, how good this feels? This lovely piece of paper will be able to be viewed by anyone.

So what I'm recommending, in addition to everything else that you do with your archiving and backup, just take time to figure out your 6, or 10, or 12 best images that you captured in a year, and make prints. Make prints of them, put them in acid-free sleeves, pull them out, share them with people. Take good care of them, but by doing so, then 50 years from now, or 100 years from now, you'll still be able to have your photos viewed by someone who goes, wow! He took some great shots!

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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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