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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.
This maybe the easiest movie that you watch all day, because we are going to talk about what do you do if one of your hard drives that has your pictures on it crashes, but you've been backing up the way you're supposed to? For example, I have all of my pictures here on this external hard drive ordered the way that we've talked about in the past. And I have them backed up onto another hard drive. This could also be the pictures are living on your computer, that's copy one, and then copy two are on an external hard drive.
Either way, you have everything mirrored on both drives, and that's the main thing. Remember, I keep talking about consistency, and how consistency is important. So if one of those drives goes down, let's say your computer goes down, and you have it them backed up on your hard drive. All you have to do is either fix your computer, or maybe indulge yourself and get a new one. Then all you have to do is just take that folder of images that you have been taking such good care of, and drag it on to the new place.
It will copy, and everything will be just as it was. This is the payoff for doing your backup work. This is the payoff for being organized, is that if something goes wrong, it's easy to recover from it. I recommend that you keep your photos in at least two different spots, three is better. Pick what's right for you.
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