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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've connected a memory card to the computer with some pictures on it, and I have iPhoto open, and we are going to bring them in to our iPhoto library. Now if you've been watching the other movies that involve Aperture and Lightroom you'll notice that we have fewer options during import using iPhoto. That's one of the differences between this and the more advanced digital asset managers. But we do have a couple options. For example, I can select which images on the card I want to bring in by holding down the Command key and clicking on them, and then use the Import Selected button.
If I want to just bring them all in, then I make sure nothing is selected, and I choose Import All, and that's what we are going to do right now. So iPhoto will read the images off the card, and bring them in for us, and it will put them in the iPhoto library container that holds both the images, and any information that's associated with them. Once the upload is complete I recommend that you click on the Keep Photos, and not Delete Photos.
I don't recommend deleting photos from the computer just in case something goes wrong. We haven't really verified this upload yet, so I'd hate to remove them from the memory card until I've done that, and backed them up also. So for the moment we are going to keep those photos on the memory card until we know everything is safe and sound, and until we back them up. Then I will probably erase the memory card in the camera, not using the computer. So we will click Keep Photos, and here we are; we have our images right here. I am going to click on Information, and we will see that we have the basic metadata that's associated with the shots, but we weren't able to add anything like keywords and captions during upload.
So we've safely brought our pictures in, and now we can get to organizing them.
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