Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Managing Your Photographic Legacy: Part 2
Taking a long-term perspective on creating your digital archive
|Managing your images is easy as long as you’re methodical about the process. Practice good habits, and it becomes second nature. The key is to have a process that works well for any kind of photo shoot, from a weekend wedding to a multiday trek to Asia.|
In all the years I was traveling and giving talks to photo groups on Adobe products and end-to-end digital workflows, the number of photographers I met who had truly developed a rational system for managing their digital library was very small. In retrospect, this isn’t all that surprising, given the sea change photographers were experiencing trying to make sense of the new workflows that digital capture had forced upon us. The more you were shooting, it seemed, the more likely your digital asset management was going to be underwater.
While trying to evangelize the benefits of an end-to-end workflow, I discovered that in the search for a magic bullet, many photographers actually believed that a cataloging or library program could or should automatically organize them, without first building a logical workflow that started with a simple organization scheme in the operating system.
|Pictures flow first from your camera to a local hard drive for editing and immediately to a scratch, or backup, drive. Finished shoots are copied to your Working Library drive or RAID, then from there to your Archive Library device.|
Step 2: Create an entire backup drive as a duplicate of your Working Library drive. This becomes your Archive Library drive. Label it as such.
Step 3: Download your daily shoots to your local hard drive, and make a backup.
Step 4: Push your finished shoots from your local hard drive to your Working Library drive.
Step 5: Push your entire Working Library (or just shoots that have been modified, and your updated master catalog), to your Archive Library drive on a frequent basis.
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