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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.
I am going to do a little more organizing here in iPhoto, and this time I am going to put my images into albums. I have two distinct sets of images here, and I want them each in their own little virtual container, and that's exactly what albums are; they are virtual containers that allow you to organize your stuff. So I clicked on the first image, I am going to hold down the Shift key, click on the last image. I want to put the set of balloon images in an album, and that way they will be by themselves, and I can do neat things with them once they are there.
I go down to Add To, right here, choose Album, select New Album, and then I am going to give it a name. So we will just call it Hot Air Balloon. I am going to hit the Tab key to enter that. Here is what the interesting thing is about an album, I can work in here and do things, and knowing that my images are still going to be safe and sound in the main library. And what I mean by that; let's decide that I just don't like this image here, and I right-click on it, and I decide to put it in the Trash; it's gone from the album, but is still safe and sound in my photo library.
And in fact, I could delete the whole album if I wanted to. I am going to right-click on that, delete the album, and if I did that, the photos would still be safe and sound in my photo library. Let's make one more album. This time we are going to do the model. I am going to hold down the Shift key, go to the last photo, click, and make sure they're all selected. I am going to go to Add To>Album, and now I have the choice of adding these photos to an existing album or a new album. In this case I am going to choose New Album. We will just call it Model, hit Tab key, we have our Hot Air Balloon album, we have our Model album, and we've taken another step towards organizing our library.
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