CLEAR

You have rebuilt your photo archive. Now, you have a collection of hard drives, USB drives and CF/SD card that need to be addressed. To start, decide which drives stay and which should go. Here are a few things to consider:

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COPY

Finally, it is time to bring everything into Lightroom. Before starting, you have a couple of decisions to make. Review the following information and decide where you want your Lightroom assets to live and how you want Lightroom to manage those assets.

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Thanks for all the great questions you’ve been sending in to the Photofocus podcast.  This week we’re joined by guru and Photofocus contributor Nicole S. Young (nicolesy).  Rich and Nicole tackle some great topics to help photographers.

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CULL

Up until this point, we have been adding to our DAM drives. Consolidation gathered everything together. Conformation added both order and context to the working DAM drive while identifying possible duplicates within it. Now, act on this information and begin to cull the repository of duplicate data and media you do not need to process.

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apdead

In case it wasn’t clear… Aperture is about to die . “When Photos for OS X is available this spring, Aperture will no longer be available for purchase from the Mac App Store.” This means You won’t be able to buy Aperture new. There will be no further development or mechanism to get updates for Aperture. […]

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CONFORM

After consolidating source media on the DAM drives, everything is now in one place. Along the way, it is likely that some duplicate data has been created and some media has been copied that we really do not need. At this point, the DAM drives look something like this:

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DAM Foundations

Cleaning up a mismanaged media archive is no small task. Doing it well will take time and effort. Before getting started, there are a few things to consider and several decisions to make to establish a sound Digital Asset Management (DAM) strategy.

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