Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos

with Derrick Story
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Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos
Video duration: 0s 2h 28m Beginner


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
Aperture Lightroom


- Hi, I'm Derrick Story, and welcome to Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos. Managing your photos isn't new to digital photography, but our rapid-firing high-capacity image capturing devices have certainly compounded the problem, and at the same time offered a solution. In this course, I'll be showing you how to leverage the tools built into your computer to take control of the constant flow of images you have to manage. A few of the concepts include, transferring photos to a Mac or Windows computer, viewing images with applications you already have, working with digital asset managers, marking your best images for easy retrieval, backing up your work so it's protected, and recovering from a failed hard drive.

I believe that the keys to successful photo management are protect your work, find your quickly, and create a system that's right for you. I hope these movies help you now, and provide a source of reference and pleasure for years to come. So, let's take a look at Organizing and Archiving Digital Photos.

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