Hi all, In a thread about RAW vrs. Jpeg Mr. RockDawg expressed a desire to peer into the basic workflows (or procedures) that we use for image acquisition. From the in-camera filetype settings to the final step of archiving - if indeed that's the final step. I thought I would do a search to see what I could find already posted but the results were pretty scattered. I quoted/paraphrased a few I thought applied here. Hopefully some other people will add theirs too! sabbath999 I use iPhoto for my image organization, I do critter photos. I have a LOT of pictures to process. On the way home from our shooting, my wife goes through each camera and deletes the obviously bad shots. If in doubt, she leaves it. On the computer I import the files into iPhoto and scroll through the images, nuking most of the rest of them, saving only the best images. I then put those into a folder to be organized, cropped, or any other processing that needs to de done. Then I empty the trash. I end up using about one in every 100 taken. Newfive I put my in files accourding to day/month/year, and then back them up on CD/DVD. Every day I shoot I then download to laptop and place in new folder. If I change, clean, cropped or watermarked then I make a new sub-folder to hold them, no original photo folder is touched. Jon, The Elder I shoot for money. We shoot 2 day horse events. There is a fairly large volume of shots as my wife and I cover different angles and subjects. I download lets say, a 2Gb card using ACDSee. I cull through and delete unwanted files, I batch rename based on date. I end up with 'Jul 16-0001', etc. This way there is only one with any given date and number. A year from now, I can call it up and sell reprints knowing it is the correct photo for the customer. I put all the files from a given date inside a folder labeled "July 16". That folder goes into a folder labeled "2007 Horse shows", etc. Once this is done, I backup to an external hard drive. Periodically I burn a DVD for archiving. Sw1tchFX I don't delete anything, because if say, I want to go back and see what I did, I might change my mind on something. I used to delete but I wish I hadn't. I manually make all my folders based on location. All the other info like date, time, whatever, is in the exif data. I then import into lightroom, Do my batch processing, If need be, export the good ones into PhotoShop for the more complicated processing and do each - one at a time. When i'm done, I save the working file with all layers, and save another one resized, watermarked, and bordered for web use in another sub-folder lifeafter2am I use Lightroom. I put them in subfolders based on location and date. I use ALOT of tags in my photo's. I sit down and just go though all the photos of the day. I assign each photo that I want to use as final prints, a rating. Then throw them into Photoshop if I need to do major edits, etc. elsaspet First I back up to two drives. Load into Lightroom. Pull and Develop there. Transfer to PS. Photoshop to browse and find my folder. Pull 30-70 at a time, process them up and save them to a "final" folder. Take file folder and automate to black and white. Renumber and move to finals folder Automate (scale) all to 4x6 by 600 px. Upload to ________ Move BW back to BW folder, and burn all three folders (finals, bw, 4x6) Burn for client, and mail Transfer files to You Select it and build albums. Burn album copy for reference (both psd and jpg folders) Upload jpg folder of album images to __________. Done! WDodd I use location and date to name the folders on import. I use keywording. Lightroom is great in that. I have thousands of photos it is invaluable when I am looking for stuff. I use the automated backup in lightroom to an external hard drive I burn each shoot onto a CD after I am done editing all. HD storage is in "My Pictures" sorted by date and location and sometimes subject. jstuedle I use Nikon view to download into a folder labled with the date of download. It renames every image with day,date,year, and -0001, etc. from every card downloaded. I backup my laptop image files to USB powered external after every shoot. At home I burn a disk, and copy to external archive hard drive. When editing, I save to a folder labeled with name of gig and date. I coordinate using a desk calender/blotter with each gig shot written in the calender for future reference. All files are burned and on a bank of external hard drives kept powered down and off-line Recent files are kept on an internal drive until it fills. I then transfer them to the external bank. Bifurcator I have two workflows. One for the 3D CG & Film work I do and one for hobby/fun/family. The hobby/fun/family is whatever I feel like doing so here's the work one: I create customer directories by hand. Inside each customer folder is a job folder also created by hand. I use a script to create a huge subfolder structure. (scenes, objects, Object proxy levels, motions, textures, backgrounds, HDR IBL Lights, etc.) I shoot in RAW + JPEG and after a shoot I use the JPEGs to sort by looking. What I need I usually convert into EXR files but it depends. Textures for objects, BGs, and IBL lights are EXR. For reference images I just use the camera's JPEG files, and etc.. After I sort and convert what I need I put all original camera images into DNG (digital negative) format and burn 2 copies to 3 DVDs (6x redundant BU) of the DNG and JPG files. I then format my card(s). Further processing and sorting within that subfolder structure occurs as needed. When the project is completed 2 copies of everything is put onto 4 DAT tape BU sets. (1 project is usually over 100 gigs) 8x BU. Then I collect the cash and party! What's your workflow?