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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

Viewing photos using file browsers


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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

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  1. 2m 37s
    1. Welcome
      1m 5s
    2. Why photo organization matters
      1m 32s
  2. 3m 21s
    1. Using media readers
      59s
    2. Using hard drives for storage and backup
      2m 22s
  3. 12m 26s
    1. Making sure your camera is set up correctly
      3m 22s
    2. Understanding how your camera stores photos and movies
      3m 29s
    3. Removing pictures from your card
      1m 33s
    4. Taking advantage of dual card slots on DSLRs
      31s
    5. Taking care of your memory cards
      1m 18s
    6. Creating a set of folders on your hard drive
      2m 13s
  4. 11m 39s
    1. Dealing with your legacy collection
      2m 11s
    2. Transferring photos to a Windows computer
      2m 35s
    3. Transferring photos to a Mac
      2m 22s
    4. Doing a software-assisted photo transfer
      4m 31s
  5. 8m 27s
    1. Viewing photos on a Windows computer
      2m 21s
    2. Viewing photos on a Mac
      2m 53s
    3. Viewing photos using file browsers
      3m 13s
  6. 15m 42s
    1. Understanding digital asset managers
      2m 39s
    2. Transferring images with Lightroom on a Windows computer
      5m 56s
    3. Transferring images with Aperture on a Mac
      5m 11s
    4. Transferring photos with iPhoto
      1m 56s
  7. 15m 46s
    1. Understanding keywords
      3m 49s
    2. Setting strategies for using keywords
      4m 17s
    3. Lightroom keyword tips
      2m 42s
    4. Aperture keyword tips
      4m 58s
  8. 16m 51s
    1. Assigning ratings to photos
      4m 39s
    2. Flagging your favorites
      3m 58s
    3. Organizing in Lightroom
      1m 50s
    4. Using filters in Aperture
      2m 49s
    5. Organizing in iPhoto
      3m 35s
  9. 9m 52s
    1. Understanding albums and collections
      2m 27s
    2. Creating Smart Albums in Aperture
      2m 41s
    3. Working with collections in Lightroom
      2m 45s
    4. Setting up albums in iPhoto
      1m 59s
  10. 13m 32s
    1. Managing photos that you edit in Photoshop
      5m 24s
    2. Managing derivative versions in Lightroom
      4m 17s
    3. Managing derivative versions in Aperture
      3m 51s
  11. 16m 13s
    1. Choosing file formats
      4m 39s
    2. Backing up to hard drives
      3m 31s
    3. Deciding photos to archive
      1m 34s
    4. Backing up to your local area network
      2m 3s
    5. Backing up to the cloud
      2m 49s
    6. Working with multiple hard drives
      1m 37s
  12. 19m 40s
    1. Recovering in Lightroom
      5m 20s
    2. Recovering in Aperture
      6m 52s
    3. Recovering in iPhoto
      2m 46s
    4. Recovering from a file-system-managed backup
      1m 28s
    5. Making prints of your best work
      3m 14s
  13. 1m 54s
    1. Next steps
      1m 54s

Video: Viewing photos using file browsers

If you want to enhance your viewing experience of your photos, especially using these basic methods that we've talked about, file browsers are terrific for this, without having to go to a whole full blown digital asset management system. I'm going to show you Adobe Bridge right now. It's one of my favorites; it works on Mac and Windows. There are a variety of them out there; Photo Mechanic is another. But let me show you the basic features first. So I want to take a look at some of the shots in my virtual filing cabinet.

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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos
2h 28m Beginner Aug 23, 2011

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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.

Topics include:
  • Removing pictures from a card
  • Transferring photos to a Windows or Mac computer
  • Transferring images with Lightoom, Aperture or iPhoto
  • Assigning ratings to photos and flagging favorites
  • Filtering photos
  • Choosing file formats
  • Backing up to the cloud
  • Working with multiple hard drives
  • Recovering from backups
Subjects:
Photography Photo Management
Software:
Aperture Lightroom
Author:
Derrick Story

Viewing photos using file browsers

If you want to enhance your viewing experience of your photos, especially using these basic methods that we've talked about, file browsers are terrific for this, without having to go to a whole full blown digital asset management system. I'm going to show you Adobe Bridge right now. It's one of my favorites; it works on Mac and Windows. There are a variety of them out there; Photo Mechanic is another. But let me show you the basic features first. So I want to take a look at some of the shots in my virtual filing cabinet.

I'm going to go to the 2011 drawer here, double-click on it, open it up, and let's take a look at the shots that we uploaded of the model Shoot. So I'm going to double-click on that, and right away you see the familiar thumbnails. You get a little additional information here. You can control the size of the thumbnails with the slider down here, and make them bigger or smaller. But you have other features, such as, you have different modes, such as the Filmstrip mode right here. So I can click on Filmstrip, and then just click on the different thumbnails, and see an enlarged version of them.

That's kind of nice. And then if I hit the spacebar in Bridge, I get a full screen version, and I can use the Arrow keys to go from one to another, and hit the spacebar again and come back to thumbnail mode. So right away you can see that this is a little bit more deluxe when you're looking at your images. For example, if you want to rate your images, so that you know right away which are your favorites, you just click on the image, and you'll see that you have the little dots here.

Click on the dot that you like, and you can give an image a star rating. So, for me, the higher the number of stars, the more I like the shot. So you can go through like that, and then you see that the file browser will keep track of which you've done. Just like that. And so now, if you want to see all of your three star images, you just click right there, and it does the filtering for you. Click on it again, and you're back to where you were.

Now, speaking of filtering, you have other ways to filter. For example, you can filter by some of the XF data that your camera writes to the file, such as shutter speed. So you want to see everything shot at 1/45th of a second. There you go; it's all right there. Same thing with aperture value; everything that shot at f/4, beautiful, and unclick. So you see there are a lot of nice features with file browsers that make viewing more enjoyable.

I mentioned the other one in case you don't want to use Bridge, because you do have to buy Photoshop, or Illustrator, or something like that to get Bridge. Photo Mechanic is a stand-alone application that works both on Windows and Mac. It's about $150 if you buy it outright, but they do have a demo where you get to try it for awhile. And then, of course, there are others out there. So the main thing I want to show you here are some of the features that come with file browsers. If you decide you like this, find the right one for you. It's a great way to look at your photos.

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