It's the age old question since we've started to shoot digital. How can I make my workflow faster? More efficient? Or more importantly, how can I get more free time and peace of mind? Well, here's where I hopefully can help out a little. I was lucky enough to get my hands on the DROBO 5D with a couple of Seagate 2TB SATA HDD's to do some long term testing for my photo and video production workflow...and the short answer to the question? As much as we can get our hands on! The Nitty Gritty / Tech Details The Drobo 5D is a USB3 and Dual … [Read more...] about How Much Speed Does a Photographer Need
Now available on YouTube, Photofocus publisher, Rich Harrington hosts Mark Fuccio, VP of Product Development at Drobo and me, photographer and Photofocus author, Kevin Ames in a lively discussion about the business of safe storage and the challenges photographers and videographers face in managing terabytes of images. Discussion points They begin with an explanation of "Safe Storage" using a working drive and multiple copies as backups. Backup strategies and software are talked about as well as how a Drobo differs from Just A Bunch of Disks … [Read more...] about Drobo Webinar Why Safe Storage is Good Business for Photographers
This post started with an email from a friend, Carole, who I hadn't heard from in... well, decades. She wondered if I still had the negatives from a shoot we did together in December of 1977. Of course I had them. The challenge was how to easily see them digitally. Anyone who has old black and white negatives in shoe boxes can now make view-able digital files. The files can be cataloged in Lightroom. I'll cover how to work with those orange color negatives in an upcoming post. Glassine negative pages Glassine looks like wax paper. It's a … [Read more...] about Digital Proofs for Old B&W Negatives
Your footage does not exist until it exists in at least two other places than the source. Then, and only then, should you reuse source media. The adage above is as close to a truism as one can find in digital video production. At the start of my production career, Alex Lindsay hammered it into me on every shoot. Today, it is one of the first things I teach new folks. Nowhere is the risk of ignoring this adage greater than when one is in the field, away from ample electrical outlets and clean, flat surfaces. Even when power and workspace … [Read more...] about OFFLOAD = Peace of Mind
As a professional photographer in the digital age, protecting your data is one of the most important things you can do for your business (or hobby). Having come from a very heavy Computer and programming background, when I started shooting professionally, my backup routine was top priority! The first thing we'll cover is how to store and organize your files which covers the first of the Three C's. Copy First and foremost you have to copy your files from your camera to your computer. There are dozens of ways to do this i'm sure you're all … [Read more...] about The Three C’s of File Management – Copy, Clone, and Cloud!
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy 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: How old is the drive? The older the drive gets, the more likely it is to fail. How big is the drive? If you only shoot stills, field drives of 250-500GB might be worth keeping. If you shoot video, 1TB might be … [Read more...] about Clear: Securely Wipe Old Drives
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear 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. Three Key Questions One Catalog or Many? You are bringing a lot of images together. Does it make sense to have them all in one Lightroom catalog? Or, should you create … [Read more...] about Copy: Peace of Mind Through Archives
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear 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. This is the riskiest part of the process because it is subtractive. When the cull is … [Read more...] about Cull: Remove Dupes and Bad Media
Check out the rest of Organize Your Photos: DAM Foundations Consolidate Conform Cull Copy Clear 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: Establish A Naming Convention Before cleaning the repository, one must be certain one can make accurate comparisons between folders. To do this, a standard naming … [Read more...] about Conform: Meaningful Folder Structures
There are many strategies to file naming that are touted in the world of digital photography. Some use the date as a prefix: 20141214-subject-photographer-nnnn.raw. Some use just the subject and a sequence number followed by the extension of the file (nnnn.raw or 1234.cr2 for example.) Still others just keep the file number assigned by the camera and move on. These all work for a while (you are waiting for the "but" aren't you?) But... None of these systems or non-system in the case of using the camera assigned number have a way of showing that … [Read more...] about Keep Your Photos Organized with Folder Naming Strategies
There are so many options for cloud backup storage today, but Amazon just announced a great plan for their Amazon Prime subscribers. Unlimited Photo Storage with Amazon Prime. Ive been an Amazon Prime subscriber for a few years now and the perks just keep coming to make it worth the price of the membership. Not only do you get FREE two-day shipping, but you also get access to access to the Kindle Owners Lending Library, Prime Instant Video (a Netflix competitor), and Prime Music, among other things listed here. There are 3 ways to upload your … [Read more...] about Amazon Prime Just Got Even Better with Free Cloud Photo Storage
We received a great question from a reader named Brent lately, all about backing up his digital life. The Question Hi Photofocus, After your repeated suggestion to backup, backup, backup, I'm finally ready to make the online plunge. I would greatly appreciate your recommendation for an online backup service. I work on a 27" iMac with 2.93 GHz Intel Core i7 processor and 2T hard drive. That's my home/freelance machine and the machine all my music and my Lightroom catalog is stored on. I want to backup all this data to the cloud so that I … [Read more...] about The Super-Safe Quadruple Backup Workflow
Photofocus is more than just the content you see on the front page. We've got more than 1150 posts for you to check out. Look at the right side bar. You can use the category or archive by date feature or just search for something in the search box. We're on a roll lately - five of our last nine posts were designated as the most popular posts on WordPress.com. For instance, the review of Aperture 3.0 was a WordPress,com Top Post - https://photofocus.com/2010/02/17/aperture-3-0-very-cool-but-not-ready-for-prime-time/ as were all of the … [Read more...] about Don’t Forget the Photofocus Archives
There's much more to being an "archival" photographer than a long-lasting print. Step 1. Reliability Your system will grow and change if you spend any length of time as a serious photographer. That's because your needs will change and so will the tools you have to work with. When I started in the 70s, there was no such thing as a digital camera. Now they're common place. When you plan for your future, remember that the media we use today, may be gone tomorrow. I have a bunch of old 5 1/4 inch floppy disks laying around to prove it. Step 2. … [Read more...] about Five Steps to Archival Photographic Quality
No one knows for sure how long digital images last. But if you use Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, here are some steps you can take to increase your digital photo's lifespan. 1) Save all your images as PSD Photoshop files. Photoshop can still open an image made with the first version of the program and that's 16 years old. If you use another file format you run the risk that future generations of the program cannot open it. 2) Save images in at least three different places. I suggest an internal hard disk, a removable hard disk, and a GOLD CD … [Read more...] about Nothing Is Permanent – How long will your digital images last?