Copy: Peace of Mind Through Archives

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.

Cull: Remove Dupes and Bad Media

Consolidation gathered everything together. Conformation added both order and context 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.

Conform: Meaningful Folder Structures

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:

Consolidate: Create A Rough Repository

The first step in organizing a new repository is getting the files all in one place. The goal is to clean off all of the various drives on which they are found. In this step, duplicate files and directories will be created.

DAM Foundations

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.

"Bright Bulb" by Steve Jurvetson

Ship or Shut Up

As creatives, we live and die by our ability to see the world, real or imagined, differently than the average person. However, we also have a tendency to focus on our vision and our process, often times to the detriment of our deliverables. We want everything to be “just so”.

Aperture Fades Away

Why I Am (Finally) Migrating to Lightroom

Last July, Apple announced that development on Aperture would cease. Last October, Adobe announced an Aperture Import Plugin for Lightroom. Both announcements garnered groans from me. The writing was on the wall. It was time for me to finally become an Adobe switcher.

GoPro Field Guide

The GoPro Field Guide

The folks at GoPro have started putting together a video tutorial series for their flagship product. I’ve assembled the first three episodes in a playlist for the video above. You can also find the episodes, mixed in with other content, in GoPros’s playlist.

Hello Hero 4

Say Hello To Your New Hero, from GoPro

We have a new GoPro. In fact, we have three. Like many of you, I have been waiting for these new action cameras to drop. Now that they have, let’s take a look at what each offers, where it might fit in in your kit and what the new entries might signal about the future of the line.

Apple Watch

Apple Watch | The Photographer’s New Best Friend?

Like many of you, I had the Apple product announcement playing in the background at the studio recently. I was excited by the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, but what I really wanted to see was the Apple Watch. There are so many possible applications for wearable computing devices and, until Apple, no manufacturer had come close to realizing that potential.

Photoshop Football

Are You Ready for Some Photoshop Football?

Like many of our readers, I am the resident Photoshop expert among my friends and family. Every year, around this time, I am asked to do at least one custom helmet for a friend’s fantasy football team. I usually poke around Google, looking for a template that allows me to be a good friend while working quickly so it does not become a distraction. Until this year, my search has been fruitless.

250 Seconds

250 Seconds of Storytelling Inspiration

It is not very long, but this video walks through the history of cinema while inspiring the watcher with quotes from famous films. You need not be a filmmaker to be inspired; just a storyteller.

Photo Credit: Kat Gatti

What is a Producer?

Producer is a title which is often misunderstood. We will start by clarifying the various applications of the title. As you read, please keep in mind the following caveats. First, it is not uncommon for people to wear one or more Producer hats on a film. Second, the following definitions are as close as one can come to a standard, but every set and every production company may apply the titles differently.

wp-photographers.com

Finally, A WordPress Site for Photographers

Before committing myself to photography and video production full-time, I spent the better part of ten years in web design and development. While working in that arena, I discovered the rich world of open source technology and WordPress.

Seven Questions with Jeremy Cowart

Last year at Photoshop World, I was introduced to Jeremy Cowart’s work by a close friend who considers Cowart a big influence on his own work. I liked what I saw and began following Cowart’s blog. Recently, he was named the Most Socially Influential Photographer on the Internet.

Hyperlapse

Hyperlapse delivers smooth POV time lapse

Today, I came across a technology called Hyperlapse from Microsoft that could bring new life to a dead project. My old footage will no longer remain on the shelf because Hyperlapse solves a unique problem.

SnapPiCam

The Emerging Open Source Camera

Software drives most modern camera innovation. However, this software lives in a proprietary walled garden. Intrepid hackers have delivered unsupported hacks, but these void warranties and add complexity to the shooting process. Isn’t there a better way?

Copyright 2014 Doug Daulton

There and Back Again, Iceland

Some months ago, my friend Geoffrey Orthwein told me he was working on a screenplay with Andrew Sullivan. They hoped to shoot it in the summer of 2014 and asked if I would be interested in producing the film. Of course, I said “Yes”

Three Oscar Nominees To Inspire All Creatives

As I have done every spring since I was a kid, I hunkered down with my family to watch the Oscars a few weeks back. Always interesting, the 2014 event featured three nominees whose personal stories should serve as an inspiration to creatives of every stripe.

Connect with the Wildlife Community to Get The Shot

Over the last year, I have embraced one of Moose Peterson’s big ideas: developing relationships with the people in my community who work with and know the local wildlife. In doing so, one gains better access to wildlife subjects with less trial and error.