Camera Pass, Organization or lack there of, and links to more interesting peoples stuff…

Well, the camera has made its next pass! A friend and co-worker named Jamie has it. I can’t wait to see what she comes up with. One of the interesting observations I’ve made as well as heard from the three people whom have had the camera so far is “I only get three shots! I don’t know what seems worthy of them!” I think that is one of the interesting things about this whole project is critically thinking about what is worth using a precious frame of film on. It is like the end of the world, zombies are advancing and you only have three bullets left… well not as dire.. but you get the point.

Anyways, it has been two weeks since I’ve posted so it is time to post something.

Organization or lack there of..

This is a screen shot of one of my image folders, as you can see there is a lot of discombobulation involved in it. It looks like a tornado hit it and spit everything back out again…

There are several programs that can help make sense of your pictures. Google Picasa is one and it is a free download. The nice thing is that it inherently reads RAW files no plugin required. It doesn’t allow you to do too much with editing, but it has basic color correction, levels, filters, and cropping abilities. Did I mention that it is a free download?

Photoshop Elements also has an organizer built into it. I haven’t messed around with the organizer side of things, but I have heard some really good things about it.

Once you choose an organizer, here are some tips to help make sure you can find things:

  1. Give your folder names a descriptive file name: i.e. London Day 6 May 23 2011
  2. Rename all of the files in that folder with the same naming convention, most programs will allow you to do a batch rename with an ascending number. No more _DSC13631 file names!! 🙂
  3. Tag your photos!! If you do it right when you download them from your camera, you will save yourself a lot of time. Since the tags are embedded into the file, they will be there no matter what program you are using. 10 years down the road when you are trying to find cat pictures, you’ll be able to search for “Cat” “Raymond” or “Fat” and pull up all of those pictures
  4. Back up your pictures in several places on several mediums! If you have the capability, I would suggest triplicate: On your main computer, on an external hard drive, burned to a DVD. I’d also keep a copy away from everything else. If something bad happens like your computer dies, basement floods, house burns down, aliens, you’ll at least have a backup copy of your work.

I’m not going to even get into my stack of slides and folder full of negatives… and the ones that are still hanging on the drying line… sheesh…

Anyways be kinds… back up and organize!


Link round up!

Cari, my wonderful wife has an insightful blog post about Killers of Productivity

Audrey who runs Lightbox Photography got some spiffy new business cards. I am not nearly as creative.. I thought about just getting a stack of $1 and writing my website in marker… kind of like Where’s George.. but.. well not.

Thanks for looking guys, what do you do to organize?




8 thoughts on “Camera Pass, Organization or lack there of, and links to more interesting peoples stuff…

  1. I can’t believe I had it over a month! I’ll blame it on the holidays, that’s it! I have no idea if any of my three precious shots will even come out. For one of them, I had to take three test shots with my digital to figure out the best exposure, then download and read the Minolta manual to make sure I was using it right. I may have gone a little overboard. LOL

    • It wasn’t so bad for me since I’ve been using a Minolta for a few years now, I kind of know how it is going to shoot, though I was sooo paranoid about shooting, I think my first shot was a bust… I was advancing it and just took a crap picture.. we’ll see how it comes out.

  2. Oh man, I am perhaps over-organized. I have folders with folders inside of other folders. If I can’t find something where it should be I have a good idea where it must be. And since I’ve had three or four computers there are five different places to look – the various hard drives which we still have, and my two external storage units. So sometimes I have to make the rounds on which hard drive it’s on (except that we’ve copied most of the laptop drives to one computer which acts as a server..when it’s on) but once I figure out which drive it’s on I can always find the image I’m looking for. Drives Chris crazy because he just lumps all of his photos into folders with the date and no description, whereas I name things like Halliday Wedding or National Zoo 2010 or United Auto Worker’s GM Strike or Garden 2011 and then rely on the date of the original files for that info because I always make a new folder for any tweaks and keep originals intact. OCD has benefits.

    • You’ll have to show me some of your voodoo.. lol I have a stack of negatives in a box that I haven’t even bothered trying to organize.

      I keep telling myself I’m going to buy a 2 TB drive and just back everything up on that. I’ve heard good things about Carbonite too that I might use one try too. Just get some auto backup action. 😀

    • Thanks!

      Yeah, the X-370 is going strong, just passed it to the next person.. hmm should do another post about it.

      I’ve got the 370, a busted 570 and an X-700. The 700 is my baby, and have all of the fun stuff to go with it.

      Thanks for taking a look and keep checking back in!. 🙂

      • Thank you so much for the comment!

        As to your question I have Fujifilm Superia X-tra film in 200, 400, and 800….with less 200 unfortunately (I bought it before I realized I’d use the 200 more than the 800). I just got it at Wal-Mart and didn’t really see any other kinds.

        The entry you saw with those few photos was my first roll of developed film! I’m glad to say I really like how I didn’t fail miserably on my first try! ^_^

        Do you take digital photos as well?

        P.S. It’d be best if you replied on my blog, I don’t get email notifications here….

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