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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.
Protecting your images begins before you get them to the computer. When you take shots, and they are written to your memory card, they only live in that one spot. So you want to make sure they are safe and sound before you upload them. I like to keep my memory cards in cases. That gives me a level of protection. And another thing that I like to do is write my cell phone number on the outside of the case. I actually know of an instance where a professional photographer left her cards in a rental car, was getting ready to board a plane, and got the call and was able to retrieve her cards, not losing that entire shoot.
That's a good thing. Now, if you don't like my handwriting here with my Sharpie -- and I usually use Sharpies for writing on the outside of the cases -- you can use a labeler. I have a label here with my name on it on this portable hard drive. And, by the way, I think all of your portable devices should have some identification on them, but you can make smaller labels and put them on the outside of the case. The one thing I don't recommend that you do is put the labels on the card themselves, because what happens is they can begin to come loose, and when you go to take the card out of the camera it can get stuck in there, and that is definitely not a good thing.
So the bottom line is, take good care of your cards, and you'll be taking good care of your pictures, and you will be able to enjoy them on your computer when you get home.
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