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Old 03-25-2013, 03:20 PM   #11 (permalink)
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The most useful tool I've found in archiving my digital photo collection so far has been the delete key.

First and foremost, get rid of anything you don't value or desire to actually preserve. Once you have your collection down to only the stuff you Really want, then backing it up become so much easier.

Go through the collection and ask yourself:
1. Do I want it?
2. Is this interesting or useful?
3. Will I ever want to look at this again in the future?

If you lean toward answering no to any of those, then chances are you won't miss it when it is gone.
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Old 03-26-2013, 10:02 PM   #12 (permalink)
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CD, your workflow is SOOOO full of win! I went to a DAM weekend seminar in Chicago, and developed a very similar one afterwards. Lightroom, of course, is full of win as well. I very rarely touch PS anymore.


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What you're talking about is Digital Asset Management. There's some great info out there from Peter Krogh.

There is no reason to export JPGs to keep and if you're printing, you'll want to export them as TIFFs anyway. The great thing about Lightroom is that it's PIEware. Here's the way I manage my images which are over ten-thousand for my personal catalog and roughly three to four thousand for my school/ professional catalog. I keep them all in the catalog unless I need a JPG or Tiff for some reason. I even print from within Lightroom unless I've worked the file up in Photoshop, then I print from there.
  1. I import my images from disk and convert them to DNG and I also save a backup as the original extension (NEF for me since I shoot a Nikon). These are imported into a folder entitled "Landing Zone."
  2. Once I verify that all of the images were properly imported from my card to my HDD (I use an external rugged LaCie) I move the images from "Landing Zone" to "Rate and Adjust."
  3. In "Rate and Adjust" I do just that. I give the ones I like stars (1-5) based on the image and add keywords to aid in retrieving images later on. I also do any color correction, cropping, etc in this folder.
  4. Once that is done and I'm happy with the image, I move them to a third folder, "Transfer Me." Here they are stored in "buckets" labeled DVDDNG_000X where "X" equals the sequential number of the DVD in use. Each "bucket" is only as large as an Archival DVD (I prefer Gold Verbatim) which is roughly 4.3GB. Once a bucket is full, I burn that folder to a DVD, label it and store it. Archival grade DVDs are necessary for that.
  5. Once the DVD is burned, I move that file out of "Transfer Me" and into "Image Vault." The images will live the rest of their life here. Also, once the images have been burned to Disk, you can delete the folder containing the copies of the original images (NEFs for me).
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