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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.
Have you sat beside a friend who is struggling to find an image he wants to share with you on his computer? It's frustrating, isn't it? So much so that sometimes you just give up. Photo organization matters because our pictures matter. They are the visual documentation of our life. The people we care about, the things we see, and the creative expression we feel. These are personal treasures that should be accessible, and we want to protect them so we and our families can enjoy them for years to come. I've observed that one of the problems that enthusiast photographers have with photo management is that it often appears complicated.
It doesn't have to be. We have basic tools built right into our Windows and Mac computers that will help us take control of our pictures. The key to success is finding the tools that work for you, then consistently using them every time you transfer images from a camera to your computer. Consistency is the key to success. I recommend that you start using these techniques with your next batch of photos that you upload. For the moment, don't worry about all the images scattered across your hard drive; you can get to those later.
Start fresh today with a new workflow and use it every day moving forward. Keep in mind that the goals here are to protect your work, find your work, and create a system that's right for you. I'm thrilled to be working with you on these concepts. I am thoroughly convinced that bringing photo organization into your life will help you better enjoy the images you capture today, and for years to come.
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