Maybe you received a camera for Christmas or maybe you have one sitting around. It could be a point and shoot, Digital DSLR or your iphone or android phone. It doesn't matter what does matter is that you have a good workflow to be able to remember what photos you took and where you took them. Let's start with getting setup. You first need some hardware and a cloud base account.
External Hard Drives:
You cannot ever get enough space so don't hold back. What you need to keep in mind is what brand that is realiable because after all your images are important and losing them is not acceptable. I like LACIE but there are so many to choose from so google or go to cnet.com to get reviews. You know Costco has a Western Digital external dekstop hardrive that has 2 terabytes (that's 2000 gigs) and the price was $99.00. This should be plenty, unless you shoot video then go bigger. Why External? Well first you don't want to use your computers internal hard becuase that slows down your computer and software. Keeping off your computer is safer.
Many of you may know it and many may not so here it is in laymen's terms. Think of it as a big filing cabinet or an exerternal hard drive in cyberspace. There are quite a few to choose from. I use Dropbox but that's me. Depending on your budget and your speed of your interenet will dertermine the right one. Click here to see the lastest top 10. Read carefully and choose wisely.
Now lets get to the workflow of downloading your files and the right way (at least my right way!) of managing your digital images.Many devices can connect directly to your laptop or desktop. To be sure refer to the owners manual of your camera and if you don't have one then google it and you will find one online.
CONNECT YOUR CAMERA TO DESKTOP OR LAPTOP OR USE A CARD READER.
Many cameras have mini usb ports that allow you to connect to your computer or laptop but you can also use a card reader. Make sure you have a full charge batttery if you are using your camera to connect.
IMPORTING YOUR PHOTOS
There are many ways to import your photos but here is my way and you can either use this or create a better solution and let me know what you did. We can always learn from each other. There are times i connect directly to the laptop and other times I use a card reader. I usually use Adobe Bridge and Lightroom or Aperture at this time and this is good because most that read this will ike this way. It's a bit easier. So I open Adobe Bridge or already have it open when I connect to my laptop or use a card reader. In Adobe Bridge I already created a few metadata templates. The metadata templates are in Bridge and allow you to create catorgies. For instance I shoot Convention Photography so I have a template that has been made with all my copyright info and keywords like Speakers, Tradeshow, General Session ect. I can edit the templates on the fly to add addtional info like location of the assignment, Name of the client ect. Once this is done i import the images and the metadata template I choose is assigned to be written into each image I import as well as new file name which you should always do. You can also setup where the images will be saved and in this case this is to your external drive. You can also import a copy to your cloud drive file as well. So now you have 2 sets.
The reason for Keywords is simple, when you open Adobe Bridge you can put a keyword in and the photos will populate for you. It really makes your life eaiser and your production workload lighter. So this is it for now but I will add more in my next blog. Any questions suggestions let me know. Oh here is a photo I of workflow.