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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 talk about albums and collections. Albums are in Aperture, and collections are in Lightroom and Bridge. And what they are -- they are virtual collections, to use the word again, of images that don't disrupt your basic organization. And I'll show you: here I have an album of sunflowers. They are here in my virtual file cabinet of flowers. I have both cactus and sunflowers in here, and I've decided to make an album of just the sunflowers.
Now these aren't the master images; these are pointers to the image. But what's really nice is that you can play with them, you can delete them, you can move them around, and it doesn't affect the structure of your project right here, which is where the masters are living. And just to drive home this point; if I were to take this album right here, and go to Delete Album, boom! It's gone, but in Flowers, all of my sunflowers are still there. I did not delete those images.
So this is a lot of power. This is something that you can't do when you're just doing a folder-based system because images have to kind of live in one folder, or the other, or you have to duplicate them, and it just all gets very messy. All of these pointers go back to the original image. So if I want to make an album, just select the images that I want. Let's say I want to make an album of cactus flowers, hold down the Shift key so that they are all selected, go up here to New, go to Album, call it Cactus, click OK, and now I have an album of cactus flowers. I can do anything I want in here. I can move them around to my heart's content. If I decide I don't like one I can just delete it, and it does not affect my overall structure in my project; everything is safe and sound.
And imagine all the things that you can do with this. You can use albums and collections as a testing ground for slideshows, for print collections; the mind just reels with possibilities. The thing to remember is that this is a tool that you can use to play with your pictures without disrupting their basic organization, and that is a lot of fun.
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