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:
- Give your folder names a descriptive file name: i.e. London Day 6 May 23 2011
- 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!! 🙂
- 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
- 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?