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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.
Well, my, haven't we been through a lot together in the last few hours? I have just a few thoughts to leave you with. The first is that if we've piqued your curiosity about digital asset managers, such as Aperture and Lightroom, I just want to remind you that we have lots of training for you here at lynda.com to answer the questions that may come up as you set up those systems. So take a look at it. I have the Aperture 3 Training, and we have multiple authors that do the Lightroom training. We are here to help you, and we want to.
I hope you've enjoyed everything that we've talked about, and I just want to remind you that I think the core, the essence of this is to protect your work so that you have it for generations to come. Be able to find your work, so that when you have that special photograph from a couple years ago that you want to share with someone, you can get to it quickly. And create a system that works for you; that works for your brain. Wire it up so that it matches the wiring that you have inside.
The other thing is, if you've got a bunch of photos, which you probably do, already strewn across your hard drive, just hang onto them for now, but with this new system, start where you are today. Build your system; perfect it while you are only managing a few hundred photos. Once you get the machine well-oiled, then you can start working backwards and retrieve those images that are maybe a little disorganized from the past, and bring them into the system. Be consistent, and then go back to your older images.
And I think if you embrace this, that you will actually enjoy your photography more, because when you take a shot, or when you take 500 shots, you know that they're going to be safe, and that you're going to be able to find them, and that you will be able to enjoy those images for years to come.
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