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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.
Once you've devised your rating system, your flagging system: whatever you're using to separate certain types of photos from the others, be consistent with them. And also be creative when you're initially thinking about how to use these tools. For example, I do recommend that star ratings are a great way to separate your really good photos from the ones that aren't quite as strong. I think stars work great; they are very natural. But when you get into flags and color labels, I think that's a wide opened field there.
Now one way that I use flags is to indicate if I want to make a print of an image, and that can be independent of its rating. I may decide that I want to make a print of a two or three star image. Even though it might not be the strongest one from the shoot, it is something that I want to see on the wall, and so the flagging can be independent of the star ratings. Color labels can be even wilder, because you can actually assign a name to the color label. For instance, you could say that a blue color label indicates that you want to put it in a slideshow.
So, for example, here, even though we have three shots that have different ratings, they show a little bit of animation. So I could mark this one as yellow; I am hitting the 7 key, yellow, and yellow, and that let's me know that I want to put those three images in a slideshow in sequence. There is a 2 star and 2, 3 stars, but the real thing here is the motion as it goes from one frame to another. So think through how you want to use these tools; they are fantastic tools. And then of course, as I've been saying all along, be consistent in your application of them.
They are very powerful, and I think they're really going to help you organize your library.
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