Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Mothership & Scout
How to work with photos on location and seamlessly integrate them back into your studio’s system working with Apple Aperture
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Generally, I recommend photographers manage their images as Referenced because of the theoretical risk to having images in one directory and because it enables a photographer to jump directly into a folder and grab a photo manually without Aperture, should the need arise.
That said, when I'm on location, I usually store my files as Managed, for a few reasons. The first is that I always have one or more backups of my images. Since CompactFlash cards are so (relatively) inexpensive, I now bring enough of them with me to cover a whole shoot without having to reuse a card. That gives me a backup that's nonvolatile and easy to manage, so I don't really worry about the theoretical risk of a corrupted Library. The second reason I don't worry much is that I've never seen an Aperture Library that's so corrupted that it was unusable, though I do know it's possible to have this happen in the case of a major drive failure. But for the shoots I'm doing on the road, this isn't a large risk or an issue (Fig. 4).
Until I change this, any imported images are stored in the Aperture Library and I'm good to go. As I shoot, images are placed inside the container file of the Aperture Library, and I know that, should the need arise, I simply have to grab the Aperture Library and transfer it to another hard drive.
When I'm on a location shoot that takes me far from home, I take a few extra backup steps that aren't necessary if I'm right back at my studio. First, I copy the entire Library onto another drive. This gives me a consolidated backup of the information as of the completion of my shoot. If I'm working with a client, I'll sometimes pass that drive to the client for safekeeping. Usually, though, I'll FedEx the drive to myself, which gives me a backup of my data that's stored separately than the carry-on luggage I bring on the plane.
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