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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 have a few tips for you, in Aperture, for filtering your images, and this is the payoff that you get for doing ratings, and adding labels, and stuff like that, because you don't want to just do it, and then not benefit from it. In addition to being able to, let's say, find the best shot in a series of shots, as we talk about with star ratings, filtering is also fun, where you can see a whole group of best shots or shots that you have labeled for a particular reason. So the filter is up here, one of the main filters, and right now we are filtered by date, and it can go descending or ascending.
Now, descending would mean that the most recent shot is at the top, and then of course ascending would mean that the oldest shot is at the top. So right away you have two ways to look at any filter. So here's the date. Now, the one that I'm more interested in, and that I use more often, is rating. I want to see all of my highly rated shots on top, working my way down to the lower rated shots. A lot of times I leave my library, or a particular project like this, in for a reason: because when I open up Aperture, and I am going to show them a shot or something, I want all my good shots up on top.
I don't want my cruddy shots to be the first thing that they see. And this way they will think that I am a good photographer, because my Aperture library comes up, and they are just looking at good stuff. So there is a hidden reason for using these filtering tools. Let's say that I also label my images, and you have these different color labels that you can use. And this is true in Aperture, and this is true in Lightroom, and also Adobe Bridge. They have labels in addition to star ratings across the board.
So you can apply this technique with any of these applications. Let's say that I use the blue label to indicate images that I want to make prints of. So while I am going through and rating things, and doing all the other work that I do, I decide that wow, that would be a great image to make a print of. So then, I can also filter that way; go up, filter by Label, and then all of those images that I want to make prints of come up to the top, and then I can start working on them right away. Fire up that printer, and get going.
So there is a payoff for this legwork that you do, and filters are a great way to sort your images. Most of the time I find myself sorting them so that the best stuff is up top, not only for other people that may be looking over my shoulder, but for my own use in Aperture.
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