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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.
Now that we've uploaded some shots, let's take a look at them and get a little closer view. So I have two types of files here: I have JPEGs, and I have RAW files. Now JPEGs; they're universal. You can look at a JPEG, no problem; double-click on the image, it shows up in Windows Photo Viewer. You're in great shape! RAW files are a little different story; you need a codec to view them, and to work with them. Now, there are a couple ways to go here. Microsoft has actually released what they call the Microsoft Camera Codec Pack.
And this is relatively new as of our recording here. And it has 120 codecs for RAW files, and what that means is that you can use the Microsoft Pack to look at your RAW files, as long as your camera is supported. Now if your camera is not supported by this new Microsoft Codec Pack, which I anticipate it's going to grow over time, so it's probably going to support many more than 120 when it's done, then you have to go to the manufacturer's site to download the RAW codec.
In this case, these are Canon RAW files, so if they weren't supported by the Microsoft Pack, then I would go to Canon site, download it, and then I could do this, which is double-click on the image and have it appear in Windows Live Photo Gallery. So the combination of Windows Live Photo Gallery and Windows Explorer, when you're working at the basic level without using any additional applications, is your way to look at the thumbnails, and then look at the larger view.
For example, this RAW file has now loaded. I can get a closer view of it by just sliding the slider here; you can move in and out. And if you have a mouse with a scroll wheel, you can use the scroll wheel to zoom in and out, which I think is more convenient. And then navigate from photo to photo just by using the navigation tools. So the big thing here is that if you shoot RAW, make sure that you have the codec to decode the RAW files that you have; either the Microsoft Pack or from the manufacturer.
If you're shooting JPEG, it's just a matter of double-clicking, and enjoying your images in Photo Viewer.
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