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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

with Derrick Story

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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.
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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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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos
2h 28m Beginner Aug 23, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Removing pictures from a card
  • Transferring photos to a Windows or Mac computer
  • Transferring images with Lightoom, Aperture or iPhoto
  • Assigning ratings to photos and flagging favorites
  • Filtering photos
  • Choosing file formats
  • Backing up to the cloud
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Recovering from backups
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management
Software:
Aperture Lightroom
Author:
Derrick Story

Next steps

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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