- Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:50 pm
hey Scott, I don't check in here often.
This is what I do. Each 'shoot', for me literally, each shoot gets a unique name. So, if we went musky fishing not he french broad today, that shoot would be called, 02.03.16.musky.frenchbroad
I would make a folder with this name. Then in that folder I make 3 other folders with the same names but with these 3 extensions - .rawfiles, .selects, .jpgselects ( you can probably skip the .rawfile steps since you'll be shooting .jpgs )
Then I import each and every shot into the .rawfiles folder I then use a program called photo mechanic ( you can also do this in a number of other programs such as lightroom or adobe bridge ) to rename each file/photo with the '02.03.16.musky.frenchbroad' and a unique number like this 02.03.16.musky.frenchbroad.001, 02.03.16.musky.frenchbroad.002, 02.03.16.musky.frenchbroad.003 etc etc etc
Then I give each a generic caption like "fishing with Scott and socks on the french broad. 3 muskies were caught. Socks got drunk." and apply it to EVERY photo.
Then I edit out the ones I like best and copy them to the selects.
Then I import the selects folder into lightroom and convert them to jpgs and work on them a little. Then I save them into the .jpgselects folder at a full sized #12 100% jpg. If you need them to be smaller then resize them and save into a folder called .jpgselects.small
I then run them all thru photoshop and an unshaped mask action.
This gives you a 'meter' or raw file that is 100%original and of every shot you took. It gives you a folder of selects that makes the re-editing easy and it gives you a folder of the jpgs. Every one is already captioned and all share the same number. So if you know you need 02.03.16.musky.frenchbroad.138 in a different size or better color or whatever, you can go right back to the corresponding .raw file ( or untouched .jpg file )
and i then back them all up to 3 separate hard drives. 2 set up as a RAID0 and one stand alone drive. Storage is cheap, you can get a 1tb drive for under 100$
that is my workflow.
"It is only the inexperienced and thoughtless who find pleasure in killing fish for the mere sake of killing them. No sportsman does this." - W.C. Prime, 1888
"if it floats, flys, or fucks, it's bound to be a pain in the ass..." - BigTimber