file and workflow management

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  1. Kingpatzer

    Kingpatzer TPF Noob!

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    So how do you all do it?

    I've tried several methods to date, and I'm just not happy with any of them.

    Currently I'm using Canon's EOS utility to drop the RAW images into folders named by date, then going to Adobe Bridge and doing mass tagging.

    But really it doesn't work any better than anything else I've tried.

    Who has the silver bullet of digital file management for photographers?
     
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    well, I use picasa, its quite simple for me. Now, for big (real big) numbers of pics I use adobe lightroom, but I just don't like that program, don'tknow why.
     
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    My current workflow is Camera to dated folder in folder Newpix. I delete the real losers and then move the folder to a Calendared section with a date and shootname 070105 - Chris at home This gets imported and tagged into Lightroom. (this is aster than importing into Lightroom and deleting from there)
     
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    ...and so far it's worked great. I imagine there's lots of posts on this topic. For many people, maintaining enough backup copies and naming the files properly are the greatest challenges. I:

    1) copy the CF cards to CD-ROM using a card-to-CD burner by RoadStor. It's one CF card per CD-ROM.
    2) copy the CF cards to a matching directory on my computer. I name each of my CF cards with a letter ("A", "B", etc.) and name an "Unedited" directory called "Card A", "Card B", etc. No alteration of the files, no rotation or deletion, occurs in the "Unedited" directory.
    3) Copy the "Unedited" directory to an "Edited" directory.
    4) Copy both "Unedited" and "Edited" directories at this point to my server computer (or external drive).
    5) Now go into the "Edited" directory and delete bad photos. Do NOT, repeat, do NOT rotate or edit at this point, only delete the unsalvagable photos.
    6) I rename each "Card A", "Card B" directory's files using ULead's PhotoExplorer program. The naming convention is HHMMx_1234. HHMM means the time the photo was taken in 24hr format. The "x" is the card letter. The "1234" is the number the camera assigned to the image. I remove the "DSC" or "IMG" the camera puts in the name and replace it with the "HHMMx" prefix. For a photo taken at 5:15pm using Card F, the name turns out to be 1715F_1234.jpg. Using this format ensures that photos, even taken with two different cameras, are shown in time-of-day order and do not collide (as long as you don't have two CF cards with the same letter).
    7) I copy all the photos of each card's directory from the "Edited" directory into a combined directory. You can choose to edit them now or categorize them. I choose to categorize them (for weddings) into directories called "Reception", "Ceremony", "Cake", etc.
    8) After editing is complete, I copy the Edited directory to my server and/or external drive. Be sure to delete the external drive's directory first as you may/may not delete some photos during the editing process.

    NOTE: JPEGs don't update their thumbnail images once the file is created. This means that if an image is dark or has incorrect color, the thumbnail will still show the original errors/flaws even though you've fixed the image. To solve this (i.e., so that my thumbnails match the final image), between steps #6 and #7 I convert the images to a non-JPEG file format such as Photoshop (.PSD). I edit and save using Photoshop format, NOT JPEG. Only when all editing is complete (between steps #7 and #8), I do a batch conversion from Photoshop format to JPEG. This creates a new JPEG file with a new thumbnail.
     
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    I create a new folder inside my desktop folder "D200 temp". I name the folder Raw, Location and date. For example "RawBoise070412" I then flag my picks in photoshop or bridge. Then edit my faves, add keywords and general description of the shot. They are saved into a new folder in "Photographs" named "Boise" sometimes I will include the date. Both desktop folders are backed up on my external hard drive. The images in "D200 temp" get tossed relatively quickly. Images in "Photographs" stay on my hard drive for quite some time.

    I format my card before every shoot. I never toss anything or delete in the camera.

    Love † Bass
     

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